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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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  • 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.
  • 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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  • Enid Blyton's Christmas Tales

    Enid Blyton

    Product Code: AUWKO
    Paperback 9 years +
    Enid Blyton's timeless collection of Christmas stories - an ideal gift for anyone who loved the stories during their own childhood to pass on to the next generation of readers. Enid Blyton's Christmas Stories was so popular that readers asked for another collection - and here it is! Nobody captures the spirit of Christmas like Enid Blyton, and in these stories - which are perfect for reading alone or sharing - she describes the excitement of anticipating gifts, the pleasures of making special food, of singing carols, and coming together to share good times with friends and families. As ever with Blyton, there is mischief and mayhem but good always prevails in the end. This is an entirely different set of stories to the ones included in Enid Blyton's Christmas Stories. All stories previously appeared in magazines and anthologies from the 40s and 60s. This collection contains the original texts and is unillustrated. The stories in this collection are: One Christmas Eve All the Way to Santa Claus Annabelle's Little Thimble A Coat for the Snowman The Extraordinary Christmas Tree On His Way Home Good Gracious, Santa Claus! No Present for Benny First Walk in December The Christmas Tree Fairy A Christmas Legend The Christmas Bicycle The Battle in the Toyshop A Grand Visitor The Little Carol Singer The Man Who Wasn't Father Christmas A Christmas Wish He Belonged to the Family A Hole in her Stocking Christmas in the Toyshop They Didn't Believe in Santa Claus! Bobbo's Magic Stocking On Christmas Night Little Mrs Millikin Second Walk in December The Magic Snow-bird
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  • 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.
  • 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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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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