Short Story Collections and Anthologies for Middle School

I love middle school anthologies. The stories selected are usually interesting, engaging from the start, easy to understand, and brief—even by short story standards.

I like them regardless of the year they were published. I especially like finding an old one that I have never seen before.

It doesn’t matter if they are new and expensive, or second-hand and cheap, or what country they are for. It’s always a treat to look thru the table of contents of a middle school story collection.

Some of the books on this page blur the line between middle and high school, or might lean more to high school students.

I don’t know if these books were all published as school readers, but they are all of that type.

Here are some of the ones I’ve found, most of which I own. I hope you discover a new book of stories.

Little Worlds / Edition 1


A World of Fiction 1: Timeless Short Stories

Stories to Remember Various Contributors Editor Solomon Schlakman PB 1970

Stories to Enjoy Bk. 1: Ned Hoopes

13: Thirteen Stories That Capture the Agony and Ecstasy of Being Thirteen

There are four volumes of this Inside Stories series by Peter and Susan Benton


This is a different Inside Stories series with three volumes: I, II, and for Senior Students

Inside Stories I: Glen Kirkland

Breaking Free : A Cross-Cultural Anthology: Borovilos, John