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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

  • 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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  • 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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  • When we were Warriors

    Emma Carroll

    Product Code: BUGQD
    Paperback 9 years +
    A body washed up on the beach... Evacuation to an old house with forbidden rooms and dark secrets... An animal rescue service... Set in World War Two, Emma Carroll explores the resilience, resourcefulness and inventiveness of children when their lives fall to pieces. Introducing some compelling new characters, as well as revisiting some familiar settings, these adventures are sure to win over new readers, as well as fans of old favourites such as Letters from the Lighthouse and Frost Hollow Hall.
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  • Alex Rider: Secret Weapon

    Anthony Horowitz

    Product Code: BVNML
    Hardback
    An essential collection of seven explosive Alex Rider stories by number one bestselling author, Anthony Horowitz. Ever since MI6 recognized his potential, Alex Rider has constantly been thrust into the line of danger. From a routine visit to the dentist that turns into a chase through the streets of London, to a school trip with a deadly twist, no day has ever been ordinary for the teenage super-spy. This collection of thrilling adventures features familiar and new assailants from the best-loved world of Alex Rider and also includes three never-before-seen stories.
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  • Just Kidding

    Andy Griffiths

    Product Code: CBHLJ
    Paperback
    Just Kidding is the first book in the Just series from the creators of the bestselling Treehouse series, Andy Griffiths and Terry Denton. Is this the right book for you? Take the JUST KIDDING TEST and find out! 1) Do you ever pretend that you are sick to get out of going to school? 2) Do you leave banana skins in the middle of busy footpaths? 3) Do you wish that every day could be April Fools' Day? SCORE: One point for each yes answer. 3 You are a practical joking genius. You will love this book. 1-2 You are a good practical joker. You will love this book. 0 You are not a practical joker. You will love this book. (Just Kidding was originally published as Just Tricking.)
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  • The World's Worst Children 2

    David Walliams

    Product Code: CCOCF
    Hardback
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    The brilliant follow-up to David Walliams' bestseller The World's Worst Children! Ten more stories about a brand new gang of hilariously horrible kids from everyone's favourite children's author, illustrated in glorious full colour by Tony Ross. If you thought you had read about the World's Worst Children already, you're in for a rather nasty shock. The beastly boys and gruesome girls in this book are even ruder, even more disgusting and WORSE than you could ever imagine! This gorgeous hardback collection of ten stories from the master himself, David Walliams, will make you snort with laughter and thank your lucky stars that you don't know anyone like Gruesome Griselda or Fussy Frankie in real life. It also features a special appearance from fan-favourite Raj! Gloriously illustrated in full colour throughout by artistic genius Tony Ross, The World's Worst Children 2 is a side-splitting companion to David's blockbuster hit, The World's Worst Children, and the perfect gift for kids aged 9 and up.
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  • Rudyard Kipling's Just So Stories, retold by Elli Woollard

    Elli Woollard

    Product Code: BQMCE
    Other
    Delightfully retold in humorous verse, with beautiful illustrations throughout and an accompanying audio CD narrated by Lenny Henry, this is a beautiful reworked edition of Rudyard Kipling's children's classic, Just So Stories. In this stunning illustrated collection meet the cat who walked by himself, discover how the lazy camel got his hump, how the elephant got his long trunk, find out why the rhino has such wrinkly skin and how the whale got his teeny tiny throat. These well known, richly imagined stories tell of how the world came to be as it is. This is a smart, funny and younger approach to Kipling's work, and Just So Stories as you've never seen them before. Rudyard Kipling's Just So Stories are one of the enduring classics of children's literature and these witty, inventive stories have delighted generations of children. Combining the brilliant rhyming talent of Elli Woollard and beautiful illustrations from the award-winning Marta Altes, Elli Woollard's Just So Stories is an enchanting retelling of a much-loved classic for a new generation. A book to truly treasure and one you will want to share. Stories include: How the Whale got his Throat How the Camel got his Hump How the Rhinoceros got his Skin The Elephant's Child The Cat that Walked by Himself
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  • Just Annoying

    Andy Griffiths

    Product Code: CCCGH
    Paperback
    Is this the right book for you? Take the ANNOYING TEST and find out! 1) Do you ask 'Are we there yet?' over and over on long car trips? 2) Do you like to drive people mad by copying everything they say and do? 3) Do you hog the shower and use up all the hot water? 4) Do you enjoy asking silly questions that have no real answers? 5) Do you swing on the washing line whenever you get the chance? SCORE: One point for each yes answer. 3-5 You are a practical joking genius. You will love this book. 1-2 You are a good practical joker. You will love this book. 0 You are not a practical joker. You will love this book. Just Annoying is the second book in this hilarious series of stories about the world's most annoying practical joker - from the creators of the bestselling Treehouse series, Andy Griffiths and Terry Denton.
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  • Funny Stories for 7 Year Olds

    Helen Paiba

    Product Code: AUDMC
    Paperback
    Funny Stories For 7-Year-Olds is a bright and varied selection of wonderfully entertaining stories by some of the very best writers for children. Perfect for reading alone or aloud - and for dipping into time and time again. With stories from Dick King-Smith, Michael Bond, Philippa Gregory, Jacqueline Wilson and many more, this book will provide hours of fantastic fun.
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  • Funny Stories for 8 Year Olds

    Helen Paiba

    Product Code: AUDOF
    Paperback
    Funny Stories For 8-Year-Olds is a bright and varied selection of wonderfully entertaining stories by some of the very best writers for children. Perfect for reading alone or aloud - and for dipping into time and time again With stories from Judy Blume, Anne Fine, Dick King-Smith, Morris Gleitzman and many more, this book will provide hours of fantastic fun.
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  • Wigglesbottom Primary: The Toilet Ghost

    Pamela Butchart

    Product Code: AMQCV
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    Life at Wigglesbottom Primary is often lived on the edge. A class talent show becomes a thing of great mystery and intrigue, when it turns out that Jacob Barry's stinky shoe can PREDICT THE FUTURE! Or filled with peril when the boys' toilets become HAUNTED! And then there's the CURSE that lives in the story-time carpet and gives everyone ANTS IN THEIR PANTS...
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  • Marge in Charge

    Isla Fisher

    Product Code: ATHFN
    Paperback
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    "Isla Fisher is hilarious" David Walliams Jemima and Jake's new babysitter doesn't look too promising. In fact she looks very sensible, very old and VERY small (she only comes up to daddy's armpit!). But the moment their parents leave the house, Marge gives a mischievous wink, takes off her hat and reveals a marvellous mane of rainbow-coloured hair! Marge really is a babysitter like no other and the children spend a wild evening with her - racing snails, slurping chocolate soup and mixing potions in the bath! But if Jake and Jemima want her to babysit again it's time for them to take charge of Marge, tidy up and settle her down for a little sleep. Three hilarious, anarchic and charming MARGE stories from A-list actress, mother, writer and comedian Isla Fisher.
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  • Narwhal: Unicorn of the Sea! (Narwhal and Jelly 1)

    Ben Clanton (Author)

    Product Code: BXMIZ
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    'Hilarious and charming. The most loveable duo since Frog and Toad' - Dav Pilkey, bestselling author of Dogman and Captain Underpants Narwhal is a happy-go-lucky narwhal. Jelly is a no-nonsense jellyfish. The two might not have a lot in common, but they do they love waffles, parties and adventures. Join Narwhal and Jelly as they discover the whole wide ocean together. A wonderfully silly early graphic novel series featuring three short stories and a super fun ocean fact page - and joke page too! In the first, Jelly learns that Narwhal is a really good friend. Then Narwhal and Jelly form their own pod of awesomeness with their ocean friends. And finally, Narwhal and Jelly read the best book ever! The perfect first book for young readers, just moving on from picture books, discovering the joys of friendship, working together and the power of imagination. PRAISE FOR Narwhal: Unicorn of the Sea: 'Undersea adventures have never been so darn cute .... The incessant charm and unabashed joy should make this an easy sell. Swimmingly delightful and a guaranteed smile-maker' - Starred Review, Kirkus Reviews 'An utterly enchanting start to a series that's bound to be popular among young readers' - Starred Review, School Library Journal 'Geez, Narwhal and Jellyfish are adorable. There's no other word as appropriate for this duo... readers will likely clamour for the next outing' - Starred Review, Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books 'Bantering dialogue entertains throughout, but the book's best moment might belong to the third story, when Narwhal lends Jelly his "favourite book in the whole wide water, which is blank...". "It's an imagination book, Jelly!" Narwhal explains. Readers ready for underwater goofiness of the non-SpongeBob variety will be eager for more adventures from this duo' - Publishers Weekly Ben Clanton is the author/illustrator of the NARWHAL AND JELLY early graphic novel series as well as IT CAME IN THE MAIL, VOTE FOR ME!, and REX WRECKS IT. When Ben isn't doodling up stories (and often when he is) he likes to cook, explore outdoors, and play basketball. Ben lives in Tacoma, WA with his wife, son and goldendoodle pup. Find out more about Ben at www.benclanton.com. And visit Narwhal and Jelly at their o-fish-al page www.narwhalandjelly.com
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  • Bedtime Stories for 6 Year Olds

    Helen Paiba

    Product Code: AZPFQ
    Paperback
    Bedtime Stories for 6 Year Olds is a rich and varied selection of heart-warming stories, perfect for snuggling up with at bedtime, by some of the very best writers for children. Great for reading alone or reading aloud - and for dipping into time and time again. With stories from Rudyard Kipling, Joan Aiken, Dick King-Smith, Malorie Blackman and many more, this book will provide hours of fantastic fun.
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  • Bedtime Stories for 5 Year Olds

    Helen Paiba

    Product Code: AZPFP
    Paperback
    Bedtime Stories for 5 Year Olds is a rich and varied selection of heart-warming stories, perfect for snuggling up with at bedtime, by some of the very best writers for children. Great for reading alone or reading aloud - and for dipping into time and time again. With stories from Berlie Doherty, Dick King-Smith, Joan G. Robinson, Adele Geras and many more, this book will provide hours of fantastic fun.
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  • EDGE: I HERO: Immortals: Dinosaur Hunter

    Steve Barlow

    Product Code: CCWKL
    Paperback
    Exciting, choose-your-own-destiny adventure story in which YOU are the hero! In Dinosaur Hunter, you are called in to track down a T. Rex that is terrorising the Yucatan...will you accept the challenge and risk your life to save others? In each adventure the reader makes a choice that affects how the story progresses - it really is 'decide-your-own-destiny! Reading Age 6-8 years, Interest Range 7-10 years and printed using a font approved by the British Dyslexia Association Written by the award-winning duo Steve Barlow and Steve Skidmore (more commonly known as the 2Steves).
  • Animal Stories

    Enid Blyton

    Product Code: BUOCP
    Paperback
    A charming new bumper short-story collection from the world's best-loved storyteller. A fantastic collection of 30 stories about animals of all shapes and sizes, this will charm children aged 6 and up. From pet puppies to woodland wildlife, garden birds to pond-dwelling frogs, Enid Blyton was a devoted and knowledgeable animal-lover. Readers who feel the same way are bound to love her wonderful stories about our furry friends - and scaly, feathery or fluttery ones too! These delightful stories are ideal for newly confident readers and are the perfect length to be read aloud in the classroom or at bedtime. *** Enid Blyton and Enid Blyton's signature are Registered Trademarks of Hodder & Stoughton Limited. No trademark or copyrighted material may be reproduced without the express written permission of the trademark and copyright owner.
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  • The Marble Crusher

    Michael Morpurgo

    Product Code: ADUWA
    Paperback 9 years +
    This book contains three stories from Michael Morpurgo for young readers - The Marble Crusher; Colly's Barn; and Conker.

    In The Marble Crusher, does Mr. Manners, the headmaster, really have a machine that crushes marbles? Albert thinks so... In Colly's Barn, Colly the owl and Screecher the swallow band together to save the barn.

    In "Conker", Nick beats the bully, Stevie Rooster, and becomes Conker king. But can he rescue a mistreated dog while searching for the best conker?
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  • Super Narwhal and Jelly Jolt (Narwhal and Jelly 2)

    Ben Clanton (Author)

    Product Code: BXLHT
    Paperback
    'Hilarious and charming. The most loveable duo since Frog and Toad' - Dav Pilkey, bestselling author of Dogman and Captain Underpants Narwhal and Jelly are back in action for a SUPER adventure - join Super Narwhal and sidekick Jelly Jolt in three awesome underwater adventures! Happy-go-lucky Narwhal and no-nonsense Jelly find their inner superheroes in three new under-the-sea adventures. In the first story, Narwhal reveals his superhero alter-ego and enlists Jelly to help him figure out what his superpower is. Next, Narwhal uses his superpower to help a friend find his way back home. In the third story, Jelly is feeling blue and Narwhal comes to the rescue. A wonderfully silly early graphic novel series featuring three short stories and super fun ocean facts and jokes! The perfect first book for young readers, just moving on from picture books, discovering the joys of friendship, working together and the power of imagination. PRAISE FOR Narwhal: Unicorn of the Sea: 'Undersea adventures have never been so darn cute .... The incessant charm and unabashed joy should make this an easy sell. Swimmingly delightful and a guaranteed smile-maker' - Starred Review, Kirkus Reviews 'An utterly enchanting start to a series that's bound to be popular among young readers' - Starred Review, School Library Journal 'Geez, Narwhal and Jellyfish are adorable. There's no other word as appropriate for this duo... readers will likely clamour for the next outing' - Starred Review, Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books 'Bantering dialogue entertains throughout, but the book's best moment might belong to the third story, when Narwhal lends Jelly his "favourite book in the whole wide water, which is blank...". "It's an imagination book, Jelly!" Narwhal explains. Readers ready for underwater goofiness of the non-SpongeBob variety will be eager for more adventures from this duo' - Publishers Weekly Ben Clanton is the author/illustrator of the NARWHAL AND JELLY early graphic novel series as well as IT CAME IN THE MAIL, VOTE FOR ME!, and REX WRECKS IT. When Ben isn't doodling up stories (and often when he is) he likes to cook, explore outdoors, and play basketball. Ben lives in Tacoma, WA with his wife, son and goldendoodle pup. Find out more about Ben at www.benclanton.com. And visit Narwhal and Jelly at their o-fish-al page www.narwhalandjelly.com
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  • Disney - Mixed: 365 Stories

    Product Code: BUUAE
    Hardback
    Bring home the magic of Disney and Disney* Pixar in this captivating collection of heart-warming tales. With 365 short stories, featuring all your favourite characters, this treasury is perfect for every day of the year.
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  • Marge and the Great Train Rescue

    Eglantine Ceulemans

    Product Code: BGOTN
    Paperback
    'Isla Fisher is hilarious' DAVID WALLIAMS 'Charming, funny, delightful: Marge is the babysitter all children would wish for' DAVID BADDIEL Whistles at the ready. Marge is off! Have you met Marge? She has rainbow hair, tells wild stories and she's the best babysitter in the whole world. Things do SOMETIMES go off the rails when Marge is around but Jakey and Jemima don't mind that. After all, no one else could rescue a train, help Jakey's wobbly tooth or cause chaos at the zoo! The third fun family story in the MARGE IN CHARGE series, written by actor & comedian Isla Fisher and illustrated throughout by Eglantine Ceulemans.
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  • Marge and the Pirate Baby

    Isla Fisher

    Product Code: AWORF
    Paperback
    'Isla Fisher is hilarious' DAVID WALLIAMS 'Charming, funny, delightful' DAVID BADDIEL Yo ho ho, me hearties. Marge is back! This time there's a baby on the loose. Meet Zara, the naughty little cousin, who never sleeps and loves to steal treasure. Marge thinks she's a pirate and maybe she's right. But will the imaginative babysitter be on her best behaviour? And can Jemima save the day at her uncle's wedding? Three family-fun adventures written by actor and comedian Isla Fisher, who returns with all the energy and fun of her first book, MARGE IN CHARGE.
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  • Five-minute Bedtime Stories

    Sam Taplin

    Product Code: AFFMG
    Hardback Toddlers
    This brand new collection of original stories by Sam Taplin is perfect for sharing at bedtime. There are eleven stories in the book, all featuring endearing animal characters and beautifully illustrated by Ag Jatkowska. The stories are gently humorous and very cosy, as we follow the adventures of Mouse as she tries to find a happy feeling for her friend Badger, Little Tiger's efforts to learn to swim, and Dog's quest to find out who is flying the yellow balloon on the other side of the hill.
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  • Adventures in Moominvalley

    Amanda Li

    Product Code: CBKAW
    Hardback
    There are nine amazing Moomin animation adventure stories to share in this lavish gift book set in beautiful Moominvalley. All the stories in this collection are closely based on the warm and whimsical Moomin world and characters created by the celebrated writer, artist and illustrator Tove Jansson. Presented in chronological order, each story is taken from an animation episode and set in the idyllic and peaceful valley where the round blue Moominhouse stands, and where everyone is welcome. The stories describe the adventures of nine-year-old Moomintroll, his parents, Moominmamma and Moominpappa and their eclectic and happy band of friends - Little My, Snufkin, Snorkmaiden, the hattifatteners and other famous characters from the classic stories. The stories in this collection will delight Moomin fans of all ages. In one story Moomintroll sails to the mysterious Hattifattener island and in another, he finds a tiny dragon. The Moomins temporarily move house, Snufkin composes a new spring tune and Moomintroll encounters the mysterious Groke. Surprising things happen every day in Moominvalley. Luckily the Moomin family and their friends embrace the unexpected with their characteristic humour, kindness and charm.
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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.

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