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Short stories for kids are perfect for bedtime, quiet time, long journeys or any time! Ideal for parents to read to children before they sleep, for silent reading time at school, or for when a child simply wants to enjoy a good tale, our short stories for children are sure to keep them captivated.

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Short Stories for Kids

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    Mrs. Pepperpot Stories

    Alf Proysen

    Product Code: MRX2
    Paperback 8 years +
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    Alf Proysen's Mrs Pepperpot is a resourceful character, but then this is important if you're liable to shrink to the size of a pepperpot at any moment! In Mrs Pepperpot Stories, readers will enjoy the gentle humour and ingenuity of our pint-sized heroine as she encounters a monstrous mousetrap, a crafty fox and a mountain of ice-cream! Readers from 5+ will be charmed by Mrs Pepperpot.

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    Dog in a Dress & Run, Tom, Run! (Early Reader)

    Katie Dale

    Product Code: EJA2
    Paperback 4 years +
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    This red book-banded early reader contains two stories that will help children build their reading confidence and fluency. Dog in a Dress finds animals wearing lots of clothes and asking who they belong to while Run, Tom, Run! follows Tom as he enters the big race. Will he win?
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    The Most Important Thing

    Avi

    Product Code: AQS2
    Paperback 9 years +
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    In this compellingly honest collection of stories, Avi introduces seven boys seeking acceptance, guidance, or just someone to look up to. Luke sees the ghost of his father. Paul takes a camping trip with the grandfather he's just met. And Ryan has some surprising questions for his potential stepfather. Each story shines a different light on the question, "What's the most important thing a father can do for his son?"
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    Cool Duck and Lots of Hats

    Elizabeth Dale

    Product Code: EIR2
    Paperback 4 years +
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    This early reader contains two stories - Cool Duck is about a hot cat who spots a duck and Lots of Hats follows Sam and his family on a windy day as they wear all kinds of hats. This book will help children familiarise themselves with the kind of things they'll see on days out.
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    Bam-boo and I Wish

    Alice Hemming

    Product Code: EIX2
    Paperback 4 years +
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    This gorgeously illustrated book will help children develop into confident readers. It's red book banded and includes two stories - Bam-Boo and I Wish.

    Bam-Boo is about a panda who loves to hide and I Wish has a princess finding a well up on a hill. What will she wish for?
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    Bad Dog & No, Nell, No!

    Elizabeth Dale

    Product Code: EIV2
    Paperback 4 years +
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    This pink-book banded early reader contains two fun stories to help children develop their reading skills. Bad Dog finds a muddy pup trying to find somewhere to sit and No, Nell, No! follows Nell as she enjoys a picnic but can't stop thinking of eating other things.
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    Ned in Bed and Fun at the Park

    Jill Atkins

    Product Code: EIU2
    Paperback 4 years +
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    This pink book-banded early reader contains two stories that will delight young children and help develop their reading skills - Ned in Bed and Fun at the Park.

    Ned in Bed finds animals wanting to join Ned as he goes to sleep and Fun at the Park shows just how much fun it is to go up and down.
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    The Empty Room

    Jon Mikkelsen

    Product Code: CUA2
    Paperback 9 years +
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    Connor Lander's dad has been talking for weeks about a big surprise. Finally, it is the big day. Connor is confused when his dad brings him to an unfinished house. Connor and another kid, Max, will be painting a room to get it ready for a homeless family to live in. But why is Max so quiet? This is beginning to look like one of the most boring days of Connor's life. But Max has a surprise.
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    Buzz and Jump! Jump!

    Alice Hemming

    Product Code: EIW2
    Paperback 4 years +
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    This red book-banded picture book will help children with their reading progression. It contains two stories - Buzz and Jump! Jump! - that are full of excitement. Buzz asks what a certain sound is while Ken follows a kangaroo who loves to jump around.
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    Sam the Star & Clown Fun

    Elizabeth Dale

    Product Code: EIY2
    Paperback 4 years +
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    This red book-banded early reader book contains two stories - Sam the Star and Clown Fun.

    Perfect for developing reading skills from a very early age, Sam the Star finds a flock of sheep putting on a show and Clown Fun! finds Max being a clown for the day.
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    Monster in the MailBox and Other Scary Tales

    Xavier Bonet

    Product Code: AKH2
    Paperback 7 years +
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    Dory is brand new to her neighbourhood, so she's glad she still has a pet monster to keep her company. She tells the mailman about the monster but he doesn't believe her.

    Dory gets angry about his lack of belief so strives to show him, but then the mailbox is empty... Is the monster real or a figment of Dory's imagination? This is a collection of spooky stories for children who want to start reading (lighter) horror.
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    Meg and Rat & Puff! Puff! Puff!

    Cath Jones

    Product Code: EIT2
    Paperback 4 years +
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    This early reader book contains two stories - Meg and Rat and Puff! Puff! Puff!

    The former finds Meg in possession of a big map, but what treasures await her? The latter finds Nat having a picnic that everyone wants to attend. Pink book banded, this is a great way of helping children learn to read.
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  • From Hereabout Hill

    Michael Morpurgo

    Product Code: BBQ3
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    A spell-binding collection of short stories from Britain's best-loved children's author, Michael Morpurgo. Explore friendship, love, revenge, life and death in the pages of From Hereabout Hill. Included in this collection of short stories is a poignant tale about civil war, where a young girl hides from enemy soldiers in a public toilet; a haunting story of a little girl swept out to sea while collecting cowrie shells; and the moving account of two brothers, who, over the years, create a mental picture of their absent father. Former Children's Laureate and award-winning author of War Horse, Michael Morpurgo, demonstrates why he is considered to be the master story-teller with this diverse collection of stories for children.
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Our short stories for kids will help children get to grips with the joys of reading. They're ideal for bedtime and perfect for kids who prefer shorter reads. We have short stories for children of various reading levels.

Great for newly-independent readers

As kids develop their reading confidence, they’ll love how rewarding it is to read a variety of tales from our collection of children’s short stories. Whether it’s adventure books for kids, animal books, funny children’s books or another genre that gets them excited about reading, you’ll find a range of short stories guaranteed to delight in our selection of brilliant books.

Well-known writers they’ll love

Our range of short stories for kids includes tales from many best-loved authors you’ll already know and love. You’ll find side-splitting stories in our David Walliams books, tales full of charm in our Enid Blyton books and wacky adventures in our Roald Dahl books, to name just a few!

Instil a love of reading in your kids

Our short stories for kids are sure to inspire a lifelong love of books in young readers. Packed with fun as well as important themes and morals, children are sure to learn lots of lessons whilst they enjoy a great story. Short stories are ideal for adults and children to share together, creating wonderful memories that will be treasured for a lifetime.