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Aesop’s Fables: The Library of Congress Has a Free App for That

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Are you looking for a way to introduce fables to your students? (You might be aware of common core standards that require students to recount fables and determine the lesson or moral.) Let the Library of Congress help.

Image from the Story “The Fox and the Stork”

The Library of Congress has released “Words to the Wise:  Aesop’s Fables Interactive Book,” a free app for use on iPhones, iPads and Android platforms. This innovative reading experience has been adapted from the 1919 book The Aesop for Children, and includes outstanding drawings by Milo Winter, a noted illustrator. This e-book can be found on the website.

In addition to reading these enduring fables, students can also interact with the book. A careful reader will see the illustrations move and can watch a choosy heron studying the fish swimming at his feet, a sly fox swishing his tail, or a mouse chewing a rope to free a lion.

Which lessons in these long-beloved fables are true for your students? Let us know in the comments which ones they would rewrite.

Comments (5)

  1. i think it is not interesting that you had made structure for access childern to fable by app.iphon etc…
    you had to know every fables are one part of children personalty when you reading fable for child the child trying to make between ownth and charecter,s fable one relevent logic ,it is same the child trying own changed simlly hero fable and more use technology tools caused the childern havnt enough time and opporteunity for makiny thier personalities

  2. Love the mobil apps. But for those of us teaching without iPads or mobil devices, I’ve used the Walter Crane Aesop found here:

    • Hi,

      You don’t need mobile devices to access the Aesop’s Fables. Just go to and click on “Read it Now” and you can access the book with many of the same interactive features.

  3. Thank you, Dana. Another wonderful tool for all from LOC.

  4. This is the best website

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