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Through the collection of short stories for kids with morals written by Ruth Nopson, readers are taught how to engage with society and the proper perspectives to look at the world.

A story, at least the good one, teaches its listeners or readers how to become a better person; someone committed to good conduct and the betterment of their community. This lesson is often called a “moral.” Ethics is the primary method of scrutinizing morals and the best way to be moral.

Morality comes from the Latin mores, meaning “manners, custom, or way.” This etymological root means that morals are something that individuals cultivate and practice, weave into their daily routines and embody with every action. And the best place to start is through stories.

Storytelling, aside from experience, is the oldest form of teaching and passing down wisdom from one person to another. It is still a popular method, though it has taken on other forms appropriate to the period. Now, movies and television are the most prevalent mediums. Storytelling allows older generations to transfer cultural and moral lessons to younger generations while also linking their ideas and perspectives for even further appreciation through future generations.

Moral stories come in various forms, such as the short stories for kids with morals written by Ruth Nopson, the fairytales of the Brothers Grimm, and the always perennial fables of Aesop.

Children Are Quite Impressionable and Relate Deeply to Characters

An excellent moral story has a good moral lesson and a good moral protagonist. Children learn how to engage with society and become moral agents by shaping their internal moral calculus by capturing the imagination and acting on their conscience. Stories catch the imagination of young readers, making them vital substitutes for providing morals, especially in the modern age where guardians and other adults might not have enough time to be good moral examples.  

Children are rather impressionable and can quickly be attached to exciting characters. They will want to emulate how the character acts and thinks. The best children’s stories allow for healthy relatability. At the same time, they make space for the reader to reflect on the character’s actions, guiding them to proper realizations of what constitutes good conduct and bad behavior.

Children Internalize Lessons Better When Enjoying Themselves

The most memorable lessons are found in fun and exciting stories. Stories that directly engage with the reader’s interests teach more effectively than dry parables. While an extensive handbook on ethical philosophy and moral quandaries can stimulate an adult mind and mysteriously appeal to young readers, it only generates light interest. It would be challenging to impart practical and essential lessons. Even some adults find it boring to pour through lengthy diatribes of morality, let alone young children who’ve yet to develop the mental maturity to appreciate sitting still.

Through children’s literature, ethics and engagement are intertwined and accessible to all readers. Children will be entertained by literary flourishes, such as talking animals, flying carpets, magic houses, and the like, remember the story better, and internalize the lessons firmly.

Children Develop Morality through Story-making

An often disregarded outcome of a healthy appetite for reading stories is the tendency to create stories. By being exposed to various stories about zany characters, exotic animals, and faraway locales, readers also have the capital to begin building their imaginary worlds. Readers can formulate moral scenarios through these imagined realities and engage them in various perspectives and considerations. Through imagination, children can place themselves in situations that have already occurred and postulate on the possibilities of making different choices or construct other scenarios where they would have to act out morally.