Kathleen Pelley

Kathleen T. Pelley

Author, Speaker, and Storytelling Podcast Host

Welcome – thanks for stopping by.

I fell in love with stories before I could read or write by listening to them on the radio during the BBC Children’s Story Hour.  It was there that I first delighted in the music of language and the way that words can paint pictures in our mind.

Decades later, I still delight in the music of language by writing stories for children that connect them to other places and people, to other ways of seeing and being, to their inner hearts and souls, to their dreams and longings, and to the mystery and marvel of life itself.  Stories are one of the best ways we can give children “practice for life,” as they learn to walk in another’s shoes, feel the world through another’s heart, and understand how all of us are connected to one another on this journey of life.

I hope you and your little ones will find some story “souvenirs” here (those little nuggets of truth about what it means to be human) that will stir your hearts to feel some jolt of joy, some glimmer of grace, a dollop of hope, or some bolt of beauty.


Featured Story

Ned the Knock-Kneed Knight

Ned the Knock-Kneed Knight

Ned was a knight, big and brawny and burly, but… as timid as a kitten. Whenever he saw a spider or a bee or anything that scuttled or bumbled or buzzed, he shivered and shook and trembled from helmet to heel.  Whenever he heard a crash of thunder or the clash of swords, his teeth chattered, his skin sprouted goose bumps, and he turned as white as his horse, Snowball. So much did he quiver and quake and quail that everyone in the castle called him Ned the Knock-Kneed Knight.

Discover Kathleen's most recent publication: Ned the Knock-Kneed Knight, featured in the May/June issue of Cricket Magazine. The full story is now available to you with exclusive permission. Not for copy or re-use.

Five Little Angels

Five Little Angels

Join this celestial romp with five little angels, who hop on a cloud to take a peek at the world below, and see all sorts of loving acts of kindness, which sends them into a frenzy of delight.  A lyrical read aloud to teach your little angel how kindness can build heaven on earth.

I loved the fact that this book focused on such positive actions like caring for sick neighbors, caring for animals and resolving differences. I loved the repetitiveness of some of the words because my three year old got into reading it and after we were done she took the book to read to her animals. A very sweet book.



Journey with Story Podcast

Journey with Story is an award-winning podcast that has been downloaded in more than 190 countries and ranks as one of the top “Education for Kids” podcast of all time. Kathleen, a native of Scotland, narrates classic folk tales, fairy tales, and original stories from all around the world that are perfect for bedtimes, car trips, rainy days, and any other occasion where a good story is needed. For 10 to 15 minutes at a time, Kathleen invites children and their parents to listen to folktales and fairytales from all around the world. The show is suitable for kids ages 4 and up.

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