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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

  • 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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  • The Ghost of the Trenches and Other Stories

    Helen Watts

    Product Code: APXKD
    Paperback 7 years +
    As the Great War raged, and in its aftermath, people created hundreds of legends and stories round it, to speak of the sadness, the heroism, the deaths. Author Helen Watts and storyteller Taffy Thomas bring together this compelling, moving collection of ghost stories and mysteries from both sides of the conflict, from the haunted U-boat to the ghost of the trenches.
  • Oscar Wilde Stories for Children

    Oscar Wilde

    Product Code: ACDWB
    Paperback 7 years +

    The stories in this collection include the touching and timeless tale of The Selfish Giant, plus The Happy Prince, The Nightingale and the Rose and others. With evocative illustrations by P.J. Lynch, who is twice winner of the Kate Greenaway Medal, the Oscar Wilde Stories for Children collection is a captivating book and a lovely book to read aloud at bedtime.

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  • The Little Bookroom

    Eleanor Farjeon

    Product Code: ACSTH
    Paperback 7 years +
    A girl sits in a dusty room, crammed to the rafters with books. Sunlight dances on the covers, between which are stories of magical worlds and faraway places, lands of princesses, kings, giants, and real children too. Eleanor Farjeon was that girl, who was so enchanted by her little bookroom that she recreated it by writing this wonderful collection of short stories. This charming book was the winner of the prestigious Carnegie Medal and is beautifully illustrated throughout by Edward Ardizzone, whose exquisite pictures immediately bring to mind the magical atmosphere of the stories
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  • Christmas Treats

    Enid Blyton

    Product Code: BKHXX
    Paperback 7 years +
    Enid Blyton's timeless collection of Christmas short stories make an ideal gift and are perfect for bedtime reading. Enid Blyton's Christmas Stories (2014) and Christmas Tales (2016) are so popular that readers asked for another collection - and here it is! From puddings to pies, fairies to families, nobody captures the spirit of Christmas like Enid Blyton. These stories first appeared in magazines and anthologies from the 1940s to 60s, but this is their first appearance in print together. This collection contains 24 stories with the original texts and is unillustrated. Praise for Enid Blyton's Christmas Stories: 'A wonderful selection to read and share. Mystery and magic, laughter and mischief, the joy of shared times and plenty of delicious food - many of the ingredients which have been delighting Enid Blyton's readers for more than 70 years' - Western Morning News 'Shared excitement and laughter, a little bit of mischief and plenty of delicious food are all mixed together with a pinch of magic and lots of Christmas joy' - Carousel
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  • Summertime Stories

    Enid Blyton

    Product Code: BPWBR
    Paperback 7 years +
    Enjoy a whole summer of fun with this fantastic collection of 30 short stories - the perfect holiday read for children aged 7 and up. From picnics in the sunshine to daring outdoor adventures, celebrate the excitement and magic of summertime with these fun-filled short stories by Enid Blyton. Ideal for newly confident readers, these entertaining tales are the perfect length for reading aloud at bedtime or in the classroom. Enid Blyton remains one of Britain's favourite children's authors and her bumper short story collections are perfect for introducing her to the latest generation of readers. Read all of Enid Blyton's bestselling short story collections: Springtime Stories Summer Stories Holiday Stories Summer Holiday Stories Stories of Wizards and Witches Christmas Tales Christmas Treats *** 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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  • Through Mud and Blood

    Tony Bradman

    Product Code: APYDL
    Paperback 7 years +
    It is 1918. A British soldier, Bill Sparkes, is carrying an important message for American troops on the frontline. Sparkes is soon caught up in the fighting when the Americans are attacked. With bullets flying all around, Sparkes must find a way to support the Americans and stop the Germans breaking through...This title is published by Franklin Watts EDGE, which produces a range of books to get children reading with confidence. EDGE - for books kids can't put down.
  • Winter's Tales

    Lari Don

    Product Code: APXIM
    Paperback 7 years +
    A selection of folk tales about winter from all around the world. Find out how spiders invented tinsel, what happened when the spring girl beat the hag of winter, why snow is eagles' feathers, and how a hero with hairy trousers used ice to kill a dragon. Stories from the Americas, Asia, Scandinavia and Europe make this a wonderfully inclusive anthology of the chilliest of tales, stunningly illustrated in papercut style.
  • Superhero

    Steve Barlow

    Product Code: APWOA
    Paperback 7 years +
    Brand new adventure in the I HERO series from the 2Steves, featuring a revised interactive structure in which the reader never dies! Perfect for a slightly younger age range, and for sensitive older readers.
  • Robbed!

    Anne Cassidy

    Product Code: APXPU
    Paperback 7 years +
    Lizzie's brother Tommy is late. She is told that Big Alex is taking him to the cash machine. Lizzie guesses Tommy is being robbed by Big Alex, but does she have the right person? Slipstream is a new generation of reading resources specifically designed for struggling and reluctant readers. Through exciting and carefully levelled texts, Slipstream enables readers to accelerate their reading experience. This illustrated story is part of Slipstream LEVEL 1. The 300-word text is levelled for readers with a reading age of 5-7, but its engaging content makes it perfect for a wide range of older readers too. All texts are levelled by reading experts Dee Reid and Diana Bentley.
  • Short Too!

    Kevin Crossley-Holland

    Product Code: ABDMV
    Paperback 7 years +
    Award-winning author, Kevin Crossley-Holland, follows the success of Short, with Short Too!, a collection where even the longest story is very short. A wonderful mix of the best short stories. Some are old, some are new, some are scary, some are funny, but all the stories in this book will make you think. There's Tarvaa and the terrible plague, a bagful of butterflies, ghostly tales from the beyond the grave, and the short life of Barbara the Lamb Who Froze to Death. Baa! Brr! Ahh!
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  • Hans Andersen's Fairy Tales

    Hans Christian Andersen

    Product Code: ACDPR
    Paperback 7 years +
    This enchanting collection, retold by writer and critic Naomi Lewis, contains twelve of Hans Christian Andersen's magnificent stories. It includes Thumbelina, a little girl no more than a thumb-joint high, "The Emperor's New Clothes", the tale of a man who cares only for his appearance and The Little Mermaid, who longs to one day marry a human prince. It includes a wonderful cover illustration and new introduction by award-winning picture-book creator Jan Pienkowski.
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  • Mokee Joe is Coming

    Peter J. Murray

    Product Code: AMTEP
    Paperback 7 years +
    Mokee Joe is Coming
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  • Short!

    Kevin Crossley-Holland

    Product Code: AMCOB
    Paperback 7 years +
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    In this collection of very short stories, none of the stories is more than two pages long, and some are much shorter. There are stories about ghosts, supermarkets, animals, adventures, and all kinds of things. Kevin Crossley-Holland is an established writer who has produced a number of books for OUP, and this is a short and sharp collection of funny, intriguing, and scary stories.
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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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