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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

  • 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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  • 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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  • Myths of the Norsemen

    Alan Langford

    Product Code: AGDSN
    Paperback 9 years +
    Norse myths and legends introduced by bestselling author Michelle Paver, creator of the "Chronicles of Ancient Darkness" collection and "Gods and Warriors", her epic new "Greek Bronze Age" series for Puffin. The great Norse sagas are full of magic and heroic deeds. Odin's wanderings, Thor's hammer, the death of Bakkur, the vision of Ragnarok - tales which have been told since time immemorial - are given a fresh life in this version, written as one continuous exciting adventure story. "Puffin Classics" contain additional endnotes for children including an author profile, a guide to who's who, activities and more.
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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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  • A Change is Gonna Come

    Product Code: AYIHX
    Paperback 12 years +
    Featuring top Young Adult authors and introducing a host of exciting new voices, this anthology of stories and poetry from BAME writers on the theme of change is a long-overdue addition to the YA scene. Contributors include Tanya Byrne, Inua Ellams, Catherine Johnson, Patrice Lawrence, Ayisha Malik, Irfan Master, Nikesh Shukla and Lemn Sissay.
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  • Short Christmas Stories

    Maggie Pearson

    Product Code: AQJVY
    Paperback 9 years +
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    A wonderful seasonal addition to the popular SHORT series. Over forty stories in one book - all of them very, very short! None of the stories are more than two pages long, but each of them is special and thought-provoking. Drawn from a range of sources, including stories from around the world about Christmas gift-givers, Christmas legends and Christmas traditions, as well as folk tales, narrative jokes, true Christmas stories, and original stories too, the stories are ideal for use in the classroom as well as for sleepovers, Advent bedtime stories, and just for dipping into.
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  • I'll be Home for Christmas

    Product Code: AUYEI
    Paperback 12 years +
    The UK's top Young Adult authors join together in this collection of new stories and poems on the theme of home. Contributors include: Tom Becker, Holly Bourne, Sita Brahmachari, Kevin Brooks, Melvin Burgess, Katy Cannon , Cat Clarke, Juno Dawson, Julie Mayhew, Non Pratt, Marcus Sedgwick, Lisa Williamson and Benjamin Zephaniah. GBP1 from the sale of every book will be donated to Crisis, the national homelessness charity. To find out more about Crisis, see www.crisis.org.uk
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  • An Oxford Anthology of Mystery Stories

    Dennis Hamley

    Product Code: AQJVZ
    Paperback 9 years +
    From creepy school computers to bungling bank robbers; from lost villages to deadly Christmas presents...Funny and serious, exciting and intriguing, here are fourteen wonderful new mystery stories to perplex and amaze you.
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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.
  • Short and Shocking!

    Maggie Pearson

    Product Code: AMCOD
    Paperback 9 years +
    Short and Shocking! is full of stories with a twist in the tail - each surprising and stimulating in its own way. Over forty stories in one book - all of them very, very short! None of the stories are more than two pages long, but each of them is special and thought-provoking. Drawn from a range of sources, including folk tales, urban myths, and narrative jokes, as well as original stories, the stories are ideal for use in the classroom.
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  • Blue Moon Day

    Anne Fine

    Product Code: ALJON
    Paperback 9 years +
    Everyone thinks they know what it's like, going to school. But have you ever wondered what life must be like at a boarding school? A school for young offenders? A school for the blind? With her trademark humour, insight, sensitivity and razor-sharp wit, Anne Fine explores these different worlds in a short story collection that will fascinate young readers.
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  • 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.
  • Fallen in Love

    Lauren Kate

    Product Code: AFQRU
    Paperback 11 years +
    Unexpected. Unrequited. Forbidden. Eternal. Everyone has their own love story. And in a twist of fate, four extraordinary love stories combine over the course of a romantic Valentine's Day in Medieval England. Miles and Shelby find love where they least expect it. Roland learns a painful lesson about finding-and losing love. Arianne pays the price for a love so fierce it burns. And for the first -and last- time, Daniel and Luce will spend a night together like none other. Lauren Kate's "Fallen in Love" is filled with love stories...the ones everyone has been waiting for. True love never says goodbye...
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  • The Tale of Troy

    Roger Green

    Product Code: AEGOP
    Paperback 9 years +
    This is the story of Helen and the judgement of Paris, of the gathering Heroes and the siege of Troy; of Achilles and his vulnerable heel, reared by the Centaur on wild honey and the marrow of lions; and, of Odysseus, the last of the Heroes, his plan for the wooden Horse and his many adventures on his long journey home to Greece. This title is presented with a beautiful introduction by best-selling author Michelle Paver, and additional endmatter including an author profile, who's who, activities, glossary and more.
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  • Uncovered!

    Paul Jennings

    Product Code: ADCGN
    Paperback 9 years +
    I'm uncovered...I try to hide my nakedness with my hand. But it doesn't work. Everyone can see. Also on show...Bad rabbit habits. Rapt - in toilet paper. Birds with teeth. A live face on the wall. A collection of brilliant and bizarre stories from the amazing Paul Jennings.
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  • Undone!

    Paul Jennings

    Product Code: ADBWN
    Paperback 9 years +
    A collection of eight quirky, bizarre, and very funny short stories.
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  • Unreal!

    Paul Jennings

    Product Code: ADBWM
    Paperback 9 years +
    A reunion of bones. An irresistible kisser. Wonder underpants. Cow-dung custard. It's all a bit much really! This is a brilliant collection of funny, weird and wacky short stories with strange endings from the award-winning Paul Jennings.
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  • 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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  • Mokee Joe is Coming

    Peter J. Murray

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

    Louise Cooper

    Product Code: AMCOC
    Paperback 9 years +
    Short and Scary! includes stories of ghosts, monsters, and aliens - as well as some much more unexpected scares! Over forty stories in one book - all of them very, very short! None of the stories are more than two pages long, but each of them is special and thought-provoking. Drawn from a range of sources, including folk tales, urban myths, and narrative jokes, as well as original stories, the stories are ideal for use in the classroom.
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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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