I am aware that Tolstoy wrote stories specifically for children. However, I would also like to know which of his other stories of his vast bibliography are suitable (i. e. age appropriate) for children.

For example, I know that Compass Book Ratings recommends Anna Karenina for people above the age of 18 due to profanity, violence and sex occurring in the book. But they do not have content ratings for any of his other stories. Other examples of content ratings for books include Common Sense Media, My Book Ratings and Fiction Ratings – none of which provide content ratings for any stories by Tolstoy however.


Sex in Anna Karenina? Whoever put that rating must have had a wild imagination. I'd rather restrict it for drug use.

To be serious, Anna Karenina is not suitable for a reader below 18 just because such reader wouldn't understand a thing of what is going on. This applies to most of Tolstoy's writings.

Cossacks may be an exception. Just find a good translation - it is arguably a best piece of prose written in Russian, at least in its timeframe. Sebastopol Stories are definitely good for a 12+ years old (in Soviet Union it was a mandatory reading for 6th graders). After the Ball (mandatory reading for 8th graders) could also be an exception, but I don't recommend it for the abundance of trivial morality.

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