All Stories

Splash Read stories historical fiction short stories for kids. The stories are based on real events and intended to facilitate a discussion between parent and child or teacher and student. Each story teaches a lesson from the past and encourages critical thinking and problem solving.

Splash Read stories have been read thousands of times across the globe. Books in the series have been ranked in the top 10 Kindle Best Seller list as well as the #1 New Release. While readers of all ages will enjoy the stories, they are best for children ages 5-15.

Helen Keller Learns to Play Chess

  • Friendship
  • Overcoming Challenges
  • Goals and Accomplishments

Minerva Teichert Paints a Masterpiece

  • Goal Setting
  • Determination
  • Overcoming Setbacks

Pelorus Jack — Follow the Dolphin

  • Basics of an Economy
  • Animals in Australia
  • Teamwork

Queen Lili’uokalani Writes a Song

  • Hawaiian Culture
  • Music
  • Overcoming Unexpected Challenges

Sandra Day O’Connor Gets a Job

  • Childhood of a Leader
  • Power of Determination
  • Education and Employment

Harry Truman and the Gift that Changed his Life

  • Childhood of a President
  • Power of Reading
  • Teamwork

Marian Anderson and the Easter Sunday Concert

  • Race Relations in 1930s
  • Determination
  • Washington, D.C. Monuments

Eli Parker and Penmanship

  • Childhood of a Leader
  • Weakness becomes Strength
  • Civil War Hero

Neil Armstrong and Popsicle Sticks

  • Childhood of a Leader
  • STEM Experiments
  • Curiosity as a Strength

George Washington’s Stable: A Horse’s Perspective

  • Events of the Revolution
  • George Washington’s Life
  • Leadership

Arthur Fry Invents Post-It Notes

  • STEM Experiments
  • Product Invention
  • Idea Sharing and Collaboration

Louis and Regina Create a Business

  • Entrepreneurship
  • Power of Determination
  • Teamwork

FDR: Inauguration Day

  • Election Process
  • Overcoming Challenges
  • Famous Speeches

Louis Armstrong: Steamboat Musician

  • Childhood of a Leader
  • Music
  • Practice and Determination

Mother Teresa Visits Ethiopia

  • Humanitarian Work
  • Friendship
  • Hope

Basil O’Connor Pays for College with his Violin

  • Childhood of a Leader
  • Hard Work
  • Education

Lady Mary Wortley Montagu Crushes Smallpox

  • Medicine
  • European Travel
  • Collaboration

Joel and the YouTuber Help Liberia

  • Power of Determination
  • Life in Liberia
  • Entrepreneurship

George Washington: Teenage Surveyor

  • Childhood of a Leader
  • Friendship
  • Talent Development

Sojourner Truth Meets Abraham Lincoln

  • Civil War Hero
  • Freedom and Voting Privileges
  • Perseverance

J.C. Penny and the Golden Rule

  • Honesty
  • Values and Standards
  • Basic Sales and Revenue

Mary Jackson Builds a Wind Tunnel

  • STEM Experiments
  • Education
  • Community Teamwork

Martha Hughes Cannon: America’s First Female State Senator

  • Childhood of a Leader
  • Suffrage
  • Medicine

Napoleon Asks a Question

  • Childhood of a Leader
  • Power of Questions
  • Leadership

Notch Learns to Code

  • S.T.E.M.
  • Moving and New School
  • Childhood o a Leader

Lyndon B. Johnson: From Janitor to President

  • Planning and Priorities
  • Mistakes and Forgiveness
  • Work and Relationships

John Adams Travels to Europe

  • Events of the Revolution
  • New Skill Development
  • Determination

Al Smith at the Fish Market

  • Personal Finance
  • Determination
  • Decision Making Skills