Fable stories are timeless. They provide us with entertainment and valuable lessons about life.

Fables are short stories that feature animal characters. Fables are known for the various valuable lessons on life. The early fables began with Aesop. He is famous for writing Greek fables. Today, the tradition of writing short animal stories with moral lessons live on. Here are 5 authors who are popular for writing modern-day fables.

George Orwell

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Our list would be incomplete without George Orwell. George Orwell is the author of the dystopian novel Nineteen-Eighty-Four. Orwell is also known for his 1945 fable Animal Farm. Although some consider Animal Farm as an allegorical novella, it is still considered by many as a fable. The book feature animals who rebel against  

Ahn Do-Hyeon

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Ahn Do-Hyeon is a South Korean poet and university professor. He joined Taedonggi Literary Society’, a creative writing club whose members include Hong Seung-woo, Park Deok-gyu, Ha Eung-baek, and Lee Jeong-ha. He is a recipient of the ‘Hakdon Literary Award’. Ahn Do-Hyeon writes poetry and essays, but he also writes children’s stories. Most notable is his fable The Salmon Who Dared to Leap Higher. It tells the story of a silver-scaled salmon. Because of the color of his scales, he is marked as different. Hyeon’s book is a story about growing up, struggling to find one’s place in the sun, and pursuing freedom as well as harmony with nature.

David Sedaris

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David Raymond Sedaris is an author, comedian, and radio commentator. He published his first collection of essays and short stories, Barrel Fever, in 1994. His bestsellers include Naked (1997), Holidays on Ice (1997), Me Talk Pretty One Day (2000), Dress Your Family in Corduroy and Denim (2004), and When You Are Engulfed in Flames (2008). In 2010, Sedaris published Squirrel Seeks Chipmunk: A Modest Bestiary. It is a collection of funny animal-themed short stories. Award-winning David Sedaris wrote the book after reading a book about anthropomorphic animals. Two notable stories from Squirrel Seeks Chipmunk: A Modest Bestiary are The Vigilant Rabbit and The Cat and the Baboon.

Ray Sobrino Jr.

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Ray Sobrino Jr. was born in Long Beach, California in 1971. Sobrino holds a degree in English Literature from California Lutheran University. He has three children and currently lives in Newbury Park, California. He is an exterminator by trade. Sobrino Jr. owns the company Sobrino’s Termite and Pest. Aside from writing, Ray also enjoys hiking and landscape photography. He loves taking photos of cities and nature. He is the author of the book Esther and the Revolution. Sobrino is most famous for his two children’s books Ralphie the Roach and Charlie the Click Bug. Both stories are fables focused on teaching young readers how to be kind to others and how to feel sympathy and empathy for other people. What makes Ray Sobrino Jr.’s illustrated stories is that they tackle issues such as bullying and epilepsy.

Aarti Patel and Jason Petersen

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Aarti Patel and Jason Petersen are perfect examples of self-published authors striving for excellence and great book promotion. Aarti Patel and Jason Petersen wrote and published the book Modern Day Fables. It is a collection of short stories about ‘life versus formula, the individual versus the ideal, freedom versus suppression, and nature versus the artificial’. Modern Day Fables consists of eleven different stories and features a variety of animal characters- lion, mouse, tortoise, hare, ant, and grasshopper. The stories are designed both to entertain readers and to highlight a moral lesson. Most of the stories deal with the everyday challenges that common people encounter. The characters also represent ordinary individuals, not heroes. Aarti Patel and Jason Petersen live together in the Pacific Northwest with their two kids. They both enjoy writing fiction, exploring themes such as individuality, society, and health.