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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

  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • Stories for Every Season

    Enid Blyton

    Product Code: CAVTV
    Hardback
    A beautiful treasury of stories for every season from one of the world's best-loved storytellers. With gorgeous full-colour illustrations throughout, this collection will delight at any time of the year and makes the perfect gift. Step into a world of magic and nature, where elfin tailors make clothes from autumn leaves and a spring lamb remembers a kind little girl. Join a fawn as it shelters from a summer storm, learn how to help birds keep warm in cold weather and share the wonder of the seaside, where you might just meet a fairy in a seashell . . . Divided into four sections to reflect the seasons, this treasury contains 28 timeless stories from Enid Blyton's archives - plus a bonus extra story for Christmas. Some of these wonderful tales are collected in book form for the very first time. It is gorgeously illustrated by Becky Cameron, acclaimed illustrator of Treasury of Bedtime Stories by Enid Blyton and of Paddington and the Christmas Wish. Look out for these other gorgeous Enid Blyton gift books: Treasury of Bedtime Stories The Famous Five Treasury Jolly Good Food (a children's cook book) Favourite Enid Blyton Stories * Enid Blyton (R) and Enid Blyton's signature are Registered Trademarks of Hodder and 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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  • Flying Rabbits, Singing Squirrels and Other Bedtime Stories

    Axel Scheffler

    Product Code: BQNVB
    Hardback
    Molly loves to listen to her dad's bedtime stories. Once upon a time, he says, everyone was green, squirrels sang in choirs, tiny people lived in Aunt Elsie's pot plant and of course, rabbits could fly . . . but can all this really be true? Molly thinks her dad's just being silly as usual, but no-one's bedtime stories are as good as his. So cuddle up on the sofa and pick one of these fourteen fantastically funny stories to read together before bed. Which one will be your favourite? Melanie von Bismarck's brilliant collection of short stories is cleverly translated from the German by David Henry Wilson, author of the Jeremy James series, and is brought to life by the warm, witty and richly detailed pictures by Axel Scheffler, illustrator of The Gruffalo. With a jacket, extra-thick paper, and a special ribbon to mark your place in the book, Flying Rabbits, Singing Squirrels and Other Bedtime Stories makes a great present - truly a book to treasure.
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  • Illustrated Stories for Bedtime

    Product Code: AARWK
    Hardback 5 years +

    Thrilling tales filled with magic and fun are packed into this delightful hardback from Usborne that is perfect for young children. Illustrated Stories for Bedtime includes beautiful, colourful drawings that bring each of the eight tales in this anthology to life, while the easy-to-follow text means that children will enjoy reading along. The perfect length for bedtime reading, these magical stories feature Princes, dragons, sorcerers and crocodiles and are leave children spellbound!

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  • The Sleepy Pebble and Other Bedtime Stories

    Alice Gregory

    Product Code: CAWRM
    Hardback
    We all know how difficult it can be to get little ones to sleep. This soothing collection of stories have been specially written by leading experts whose technique has had repeated success. Coupled with dreamlike and calming illustrations, this treasury is sure to make bedtime a little easier. With joint activities for both parent and child, first listen to the calming stories of The Sleepy Pebble and friends and then partake in a series of mindful activities designed to help children relax at the end of the day and drift into a good night's sleep. This book is guaranteed to put your kids to sleep! (In a good way! On purpose!)
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  • 10 Ten-Minute Bedtime Stories

    Various

    Product Code: BRYQF
    Hardback
    Ten familiar tales, retold for young readers and gorgeously illustrated, including favourites Sleeping Beauty, Cinderella and The Magic Porridge Pot, as well as classics The Wind in the Willows and Alice in Wonderland. Ideal for sharing with younger children; as children learn to read, they can tackle these simple stories on their own.
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  • Dragons at Crumbling Castle

    Terry Pratchett

    Product Code: AKYWA
    Audio 5 years +
    Dragons have invaded Crumbling Castle, and all of King Arthur's knights are either on holiday or visiting their grannies. It's a disaster! Luckily, there's a spare suit of armour and a very small boy called Ralph who's willing to fill it. Together with Fortnight the Friday knight and Fossfiddle the wizard, Ralph sets out to defeat the fearsome fire-breathers. But there's a teeny weeny surprise in store ...Fourteen fantastically funny stories from master storyteller Sir Terry Pratchett, full of time travel and tortoises, monsters and mayhem! 'So funny I dropped my spoon laughing!' - King Arthur
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  • Children's Stories by Oscar Wilde

    Oscar Wilde

    Product Code: ACDVG
    Audio
    Immerse yourself in a world where the wonderful Stephen Fry reads some of the more memorable Children's short stories written by one of our most successful playwrights of all time. A brilliant combination of reader and writer come together in these seven short stories available on digital download only. Immerse yourself in a world where the wonderful Stephen Fry reads some of the more memorable short stories of our time. Stephen's voice takes you into a different kind of listening experience, enabling you to imagine narrative, settings, animals and people with vivid colour and meaning. Enjoy the work of one of the most celebrated writers of our time -- Irish poet, playwright and short story writer Oscar Wilde. A brilliant combination of reader and writer come together in these six Children's short stories which are available from the 1st Decemeber 2008 on digital download only
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  • What the Eagle Sees

    Eldon Yellowhorn

    Product Code: CBWZC
    Paperback
    High interest in Indigenous themes in institutional and trade markets Turtle Island has sold 10K copies since Fall 2017, has three award nominations, two best-of lists, multiple starred reviews Innovative focus on resillience and resistance to colonization A powerful author combo of a highly respected Indigenous academic and an award-winning children's nonfiction writer Crossover appeal for adults
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  • Aesop's Fables, Retold by Elli Woollard

    Elli Woollard

    Product Code: CAXFS
    Hardback
    Charmingly retold in rhyming verse, with enchanting illustrations throughout, this is a retelling of a selection of Aesop's Fables. In this wonderfully illustrated collection meet the vain peacock and the wise crane, discover what happens to the boy who cried wolf one too many times and find out what the bear whispered to the traveller. Aesop's Fables are one of the enduring classics of children's literature and are a firm family favorite. Aesop's Fables retold by Elli Woollard combine stunning illustrations from the award-winning Marta Altes with the brilliant rhyming talents of Elli Woollard. This collection is one children and adults alike will truly treasure. Stories include: Two Travellers and the Bear The Hare and the Tortoise The Boy who cried Wolf The Baboon and the Fox The Dog and and his Reflection The Town Mouse and the Country Mouse The Peacock and the Crane The Donkey in the Lion's Skin
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  • Illustrated Stories from China

    Li Weiding

    Product Code: BYJGX
    Hardback
    Discover magical princesses, mighty dragons, mischievous monkeys and more, in this captivating collection of classic Chinese tales. Specially selected and retold for readers today, each story is brought vividly to life by traditional Chinese brush-and- ink illustrations.
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  • Noel Streatfeild's Holiday Stories

    Noel Streatfeild

    Product Code: CCGWP
    Hardback
    A NEW COLLECTION OF HOLIDAY STORIES BY THE BELOVED AUTHOR OF BALLET SHOES. PERFECT READING FOR LONG SUMMER DAYS. In this captivating new collection, there are stories for every reader to enjoy: unforgettable holidays and unlikely friendships, crime-solving adventures and dancers in the spotlight for the very first time. Originally written for annuals and magazines from the 1930s-70s, these newly discovered stories will be treasured by Noel Streatfeild fans of all ages. Featuring beautiful illustrations by PETER BAILEY Stories include: The Plain One Devon Mettle Chicken for Supper Flag's Circus The Secret Coralie Ordinary Me Cows Eat Flowers Andrew's Trout The Old Fool Let's Go Coaching Howard The Quiet Holiday Roberta Green Silk
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  • Storytime

    Georgie Adams

    Product Code: BXMKA
    Hardback
    A fabulous large format, full-colour gift book of original timed tales and poems, perfect for sharing at bedtime - or any time. Doogle the dinosaur, Buttons the bear and Cabbage the cat live in Storyland where stories grow on the story tree. One night a storm blows them all away. Join the three friends to find a wicked witch, a dragon with a sweet tooth, bouncing bed bugs, a lonely giant, a frightened ghost, aliens... to name a few, and bring them back safely. This is a top quality collection of magical and familiar everyday stories which tap into early learning skills and will become a family favourite. You can spend as much time as you like in Storyland. Mix and match easy to spot leaf symbols to decide how long.
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  • Happy Christmas, Pigin!

    Kathleen Watkins

    Product Code: BSYXI
    Hardback
    Pigin returns for a perfect Christmas day out in Dublin. Pigin and Badger meet in town for a spot of Christmas shopping. What follows is the most wonderful day in Dublin. First, they hear the Old Belvedere boys' choir singing to raise money for charity, then they head to Arnotts - where they are called in to help at Santa's grotto. Following the hustle and bustle of busy Moore Street and Henry Street, the pair take the Luas to the quiet Clarendon Street church to look at the crib. Turns out that in the pew behind them is their dear pal, Nanakit, who takes them for a treat of tea and cake at Bewley's as the snow starts to fall on Grafton Street. Back home at Nanakit's house, a sleepy Pigin and Badger help to decorate the Christmas tree as they remember their magical day. This follow-up to the No 1 bestselling picture book Pigin of Howth is an inspiration for grandparents and grandchildren everywhere!
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  • Fairy Stories for Little Children

    Various

    Product Code: BSVWJ
    Hardback
    A selection of five well-loved fairytales: Cinderella, Goldilocks and the Three Bears, Jack and the Beanstalk, Little Red Riding Hood and The Princess and the Pea. Each tale is enchantingly retold with beautiful illustrations by Lorena Alvarez. A wondeful gift book to treasure.
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  • How the Whale Became and Other Tales of the Early World

    Ted Hughes

    Product Code: BSAZD
    Paperback
    Ted Hughes wrote a series of stories for children from the early 1960s through until 1995 about how the world, and the creatures in it, came into being. They are collected here in one volume for the first time. These are richly told tales of sparkling intensity about animals finding their form, and God's struggle to understand what he has created. Meet the Polar Bear whose obsession with her snowy white fur is so great that she can only live in a landscape surrounded by her own reflection; the Whale, growing in God's garden beside the carrots; King Leo, who began life because God was hungry for his sausages; poor Parrot's painful defeat in the marriage song contest at the wedding of Man and Woman; and Sparrow's heroic battle against the bird-swallowing Black Hole. There are stories here to suit children from four to fourteen, whether for reading aloud or alone.
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  • Tales from the Inner City

    Shaun Tan

    Product Code: BRYME
    Hardback
    A stunningly presented collection of twenty-five illustrated short stories exploring the relationship between humans and animals, from award-winning visual storyteller Shaun Tan. Where can we live if not in each other's shadow? World-renowned artist Shaun Tan applies his extraordinary talent to a reflection on the nature of humans and animals, and our urban co-existence. From crocodile to frog; tiger to bee, this is a dark and surreal exploration of the perennial love and destruction we feel and inflict - of how animals can save us, and how we are entwined, for better or for worse. Tales from the Inner City is a truly masterly work, bearing all of Shaun Tan's trademark wit and poignancy in both its prose and exquisite illustrations.
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  • Snow in the Garden: A First Book of Christmas

    Shirley Hughes

    Product Code: BRXMB
    Hardback
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    A classic collection of festive poems, stories and activities by Kate Greenaway-winning author, Shirley Hughes. This beautiful Christmas anthology contains winter adventures, seasonal poems, festive recipes and easy-to-make craft activities as well as Shirley Hughes' trademark warm and classic illustrations. Whether reading stories and poems to little ones or encouraging them to make beautiful crafts and Christmas treats, this book is the perfect introduction to this very special time of year.
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  • Through the Water Curtain and other Tales from Around the World

    Cornelia Funke

    Product Code: BSMKR
    Hardback
    International bestselling children's author Cornelia Funke has long been inspired and fascinated by fairy tales. This wonderful anthology is Funke's personal selection of fairy tales from all around the world - not just from her native Germany but from Russia, Japan and the Native American tradition. It's the perfect Christmas gift for any young reader wishing to discover the wider world of fairy tales. This wonderful selection of 13 tales includes: The Tale of the Firebird (Russia) The Boy Who Drew Cats (Japan) The Frog Princess (Ukraine) The Six Swans (Germany) The Girl Who Gave a Knight a Kiss out of Necessity (Sweden) Kotura, Lord of the Winds (Siberia)
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  • Ten Nasty Little Toads

    Steve Cole

    Product Code: BSJBK
    Hardback
    A full-colour gift book of ten darkly-comic and hilarious cautionary tales by Astrosaurs author Steve Cole, illustrated by Tim Archbold. In these delightfully humorous tales of a decidedly blackish hue, ten follysome toads can never change their beastly habits despite the efforts of goodly witch Madame Rana who reminds them 'It's never too late to change.' The Toad With Square Eyes develops mutant thumbs and fingers and finds himself on the other side of the screen; Cherry Oddfellow, the Dirty Little Toad, is part-girl, part-mudslide; and Jeremiah Bratson, the Spoiled Little Toad, finds himself face-to-face with a perfect robot replica. Featuring toady facts, quizzes and games, this collection of tales is a warning to certain children that there must come an hour when they pay the price...
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  • Just So Stories for Little Children

    Various

    Product Code: BQYDX
    Hardback
    A wonderful collection of six of Kipling's well-loved stories, telling how animals came to be the way they are, comprising: How the Camel got his Hump, How the Whale got his Throat, How the Elephant got his Trunk, How the Rhino got his Skin, How the Leopard got his Spots and Why the Kangaroo Jumps.
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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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