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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

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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    Enid Blyton's Summer Stories

    Product Code: CF0148
    Hardback 9 years +
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    This is a treasury of 27 short stories by Enid Blyton that are ideal for the summer months and are perfect for children aged 7 and over to read on their own.

    Full of magic and adventure, they sum up the joys of visiting the seaside and capture the fun of the fair. They have titles including The Enchanted Toadstool, The Galloping Seahorse and A Story of Magic Strawberries.
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  • Revolting Rhymes (Colour edition)

    Roald Dahl

    Product Code: RVY2
    Paperback 4 years +
    (1)
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    Roald Dahl dispenses with the usual happily ever after endings in the retelling of six famous fairy tales in Revolting Rhymes.

    Cinderella decides not to marry her prince when he reveals a surprisingly callous streak, Snow White befriends seven jockeys who are compulsive gamblers and Goldilocks proves to be a real hoodlum!

    This hilarious collection will have readers aged five and above in stitches. Colour illustrations throughout.
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  • The World's Worst Children

    David Walliams

    Product Code: WCE2
    Hardback 9 years +
    (2)
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    Written by David Walliams - an author who is proven to know just what kind of buttons to press to get kids giggling - The World's Worst Children introduces a delightfully dreadful cast of characters!

    Presented in full colour, the book features five beastly boys and five gruesome girls including Sofia Sofa, a girl who loves TV and is so stuck to the sofa she's turning into one, and Dribbling Drew, a boy whose drool gets him into trouble on a school trip.

    A collection of wickedly funny short stories, there's even a special appearance from Raj - a character who has appeared in all of David Walliams' bestselling novels. The tales are accompanied by Tony Ross' hilarious illustrations.
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  • The World's Worst Children 3

    David Walliams

    Product Code: WWCH
    Hardback 9 years +
    (1)
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    David Walliams provides another 10 horrendously hilarious stories about some rather horrible children in the latest book from his bestselling series.

    Illustrated by Tony Ross, the tales focus on children including the tantrum-laden Tandy and 10-year-old Hank, who loves playing pranks on his long-suffering family.
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  • The World's Worst Children 2

    David Walliams

    Product Code: WWN2
    Hardback 9 years +
    (2)
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    The World's Worst Children are back in this selection of short stories from the one and only David Walliams.

    Illustrated in full colour by Tony Ross, this book introduces beastly boys and gruesome girls and this time around they're ruder, more disgusting and worse than you could ever imagine! You'll be delightfully horrified by the antics of Gruesome Griselda and Fussy Frankie.

    Presented in beautiful hardback, these ten stories even feature a special cameo from the fan favourite, Raj!
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  • The Puffin Book of Stories for Eight-year-olds

    Wendy Cooling

    Product Code: SF82
    Paperback 8 years +
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    This entertaining assortment of stories from well-known children's authors will appeal to youngsters wanting to read independently and those who like to be read to.

    The collection includes contributions from Joan Aiken, Michael Rosen, Anita Desai, Geraldine McCaughrean and Ursula Moray Williams. Combining magic, mystery and tales both old and new, this book is an ideal gift for children aged 7+.
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  • The Puffin Book of Stories for Six-year-olds

    Wendy Cooling

    Product Code: SF62
    Paperback 6 years +
    (1)
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    The Puffin Book of Stories for Six-Year-Olds is a fabulous collection with stories from favourite children's authors including Geraldine McCaughrean, Philippa Pearce, Penelope Lively and Catherine Storr.

    With an assortment that includes folk tales and ranges from Pandora's Box to How Trouble Made the Monkey Eat Pepper, there's something for everyone in this book.
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  • The Brer Rabbit Story Collection

    Enid Blyton

    Product Code: BRX2
    Paperback 7 years +
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    If you've never read these timeless tales of Brer Rabbit, you're in for a treat!

    Brer Rabbit is a mischievous character who loves to play tricks on his pals but occasionally gets his comeuppance.

    A great collection of stories that showcase Enid Blyton's classic storytelling charm perfectly.
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  • A Twist of Tales

    Julia Donaldson

    Product Code: TAI2
    Paperback 5 years +
    (2)
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    Children's books superstar Julia Donaldson retells a trio of charming tales from across the world, in a stunning first independent read.

    A king hides a terrible secret under his crown; a marvellous dream inspires an epic journey; and a clever girl outwits the king. Told in hyper-readable language with full-colour illustrations, these stories are an ideal first step for children embarking on a lifelong journey through the wonders of books and stories.

    An appealing book specially designed with spaced text and cream pages for those who struggle with reading (including dyslexic children), the Little Gems book comes with beautiful illustrations from Peter Bailey.
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  • Mrs. Pepperpot Stories

    Alf Proysen

    Product Code: MRX2
    Paperback 8 years +
    (5)
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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.

    This children's book has been hand-picked for you by Red House.
    • £3.99
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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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • The World's Worst Children

    David Walliams

    Product Code: ASYWF
    Audio
    (2)
    READ BY DAVID WALLIAMS, with Nitin Ganatra as Raj - listen to David perform these ten cautionary tales introducing a delightfully dreadful cast of characters. Are you ready to listen to the World's Worst Children? Five beastly boys and five gruesome girls! * Like Sofia Sofa - a TV super-fan so stuck to the sofa that she's turning into one! * Or Dribbling Drew - a boy whose drool gets him into trouble on a school trip! * And not forgetting Blubbering Bertha - a girl who bawls and tells terrible tales! From Number One bestselling author David Walliams comes this collection of wickedly funny, deliciously mischievous tales, read by the author himself and Nitin Ganatra as Raj.
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  • The Cat in the Hat and Other Stories

    Dr. Seuss

    Product Code: ASZBT
    Audio
    With his unique combination of hilarious stories and riotous rhymes, Dr. Seuss has been delighting young children and helping them learn to read for over fifty years. Here are four of his classic favourites for the first time on CD read by the zany Adrian Admondson. Ranked among the UK's top ten favourite children's authors, Seuss is firmly established as a global best-seller. The four classic favourites on this exclusive CD are: The Cat in the Hat The Cat in the Hat Comes Back Green Eggs and Ham Fox in Socks Complete with WILD music and CRAZY sound effects!
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  • Scrambled Eggs Super! and Other Stories Audio CD

    Dr. Seuss

    Product Code: AMNIH
    Audio 4 years +
    (1)
    When it comes to scrambling, Peter T. Hooper isn't content with just any old egg! He uses something extra special for his super-dee-dooper dishes! Ranked among the UK's top ten favourite children's authors, Seuss is firmly established as a global best-seller. The four classic favourites on this exclusive CD are: Scrambled Eggs Super! Horton Hatches the Egg The Sneetches Oh Say Can You Say Specially composed music, wacky sound effects and Miranda Richardson's inimitable voice combine to bring these zany stories to life.
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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.