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There are certain children's books we all love thanks to their timeless ability to entertain us, to teach us something, or to help us discover a whole new world. Browse our full selection of classic children's books below.

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Classic Children's Books

  • The Iron Man

    Ted Hughes

    Product Code: BYYYC
    Hardback
    The Iron Man came to the top of the cliff. Where had he come from? Nobody knows. How was he made? Nobody knows. Mankind must put a stop to the dreadful destruction by the Iron Man and set a trap for him, but he cannot be kept down. Then, when a terrible monster from outer space threatens to lay waste to the planet, it is the Iron Man who finds a way to save the world.
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  • The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe

    CS Lewis

    Product Code: ACWYO
    Hardback
    A stunning new edition of this timeless classic. This is the best loved of all the Chronicles of Narnia - the first one ever written, and the one everybody remembers reading as a child. The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe introduced readers to the wonders and enchantment of Narnia when it was first published almost fifty years ago. Since then, the hearts and imaginations of millions of readers have been captured by the story of Peter, Susan, Edmund and Lucy, who step through a magic wardrobe into Narnia, once the peaceful land of Talking Beasts, dwarfs, giants and fauns, but now frozen into eternal winter by the evil White Witch. Christian Birmingham's beautiful illustrations , accompanied by a sensitively abridged text, introduce this wonderful story to a younger audience.
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  • The Chronicles of Narnia

    CS Lewis

    Product Code: ADDPD
    Paperback 7 years +
    (1)
    The Chronicles of Narnia have enchanted millions of readers over the last fifty years and the magical events described in C.S. Lewis's immortal prose have left many a lasting memory for adults and children alike. All seven Chronicles are bound together in this new paperback edition (rebranded with HarperCollins logo). The Chronicles of Narnia have enchanted millions of readers over the last fifty years and the magical events described in C.S. Lewis's immortal prose have left many a lasting memory. For here is a world where a witch decrees eternal winter; where there are more talking animals than people; and where battles are fought by Centaurs, Giants and Fauns.
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  • The Enchanted Wood

    Enid Blyton

    Product Code: ASYZQ
    Hardback 7 years +
    A deluxe hardback edition of this classic and magical Blyton adventure - the perfect gift for every child! When Joe, Beth and Frannie climb up to the top of the Faraway Tree, they meet Silky, Moon-Face and the Saucepan Man. Their new friends show them an exciting secret - how to visit lots of strange and magical lands! And who could choose between the Land of Birthdays and the Land of Toys? Many thrilling and magical adventures lie ahead...The Enchanted Wood is the first book in Enid Blyton's classic Magic Faraway Tree series. And don't miss the equally beautiful gift edition of The Magic Faraway Tree! "This should be on every child's bookshelf". (Junior Design Awards on The Magic Faraway Tree gift edition). Also look out for the Blyton Colour Reads series. Chock full of vibrant colour illustrations from Alex Paterson, these are the perfect way to introduce the Faraway Tree adventures to children aged five and up. Enid Blyton is arguably the most famous children's author of all time, thanks to series such as The Wishing-Chair, The Faraway Tree, The Mysteries, The Famous Five and The Secret Seven. Enid takes her place alongside Roald Dahl, Beatrix Potter, and A. A. Milne as one of Britain's true heritage children's authors. "Her books were terrific page-turners in the way no others were". (Michael Morpurgo, author of War Horse).
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  • Where's Spot? Book & Toy Gift Set

    Eric Hill

    Product Code: CBZWY
    Other
    Join the hunt to find lovable puppy, Spot, in Eric Hill's first ever lift-the-flap tale. Lift each flap to find all sorts of funny animal surprises, before discovering where cheeky Spot has been hiding. This is the perfect first book for toddlers - the playful text is a wonderful spur to read and respond together, and the hide-and-seek flaps encourage curiosity and interactivity. This set includes a board book edition of the bestselling original story, together with a cuddly Spot soft toy - the perfect present for little ones.
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  • The Tempest

    Georghia Ellianas

    Product Code: CAXXY
    Hardback
    A captivating picture book retelling by Shakespeare's Globe for very young readers. William Shakespeare's dazzling play about magic, revenge and forgiveness is unforgettably re-imagined by Shakespeare's Globe as a picture book for very young readers. The story is told from the perspective of Ariel in language that is true to the original play but accessible to all. With shimmering, exquisite illustrations by the acclaimed artist Jane Ray, this captivating retelling is a magical way to introduce children to the one of the best-loved works of the world's greatest playwright.
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  • Heidi Audio

    Johanna Spyri

    Product Code: BIXGJ
    Audio 7 years +
    Ciara Jansen stars in a BBC Radio full-cast dramatisation of the classic children's story. When Heidi, a lively orphan girl, goes to live with her grandfather in a little hut high in the Alps she soon learns to live in perfect harmony with her surroundings, leading a carefree life with her constant companion, Peter, a young goatherd. But her happiness is short-lived when she is sent to stay with a rich city family as a companion for the sick Clara. Although she becomes fond of the older girl, Heidi is terribly homesick. Will she ever be able to return to the Alps and the happiness she once knew with her friends? Johanna Spyri's touching story of the adventures of a young Swiss girl is one of the most popular children's stories ever written. Heidi's pleasure in the beauty of the Swiss mountains and her rich relationships with her friends and family are perfectly evoked in this warm and lively full-cast radio dramatisation.
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  • The Gruffalo and the Gruffalo's Child Board Book Gift Slipcase

    Julia Donaldson

    Product Code: BZOOH
    Other
    Celebrate twenty years of everyone's favourite character the Gruffalo with this special edition foiled slipcase containing board book editions of the classic stories, The Gruffalo and The Gruffalo's Child. In The Gruffalo, wander further into the deep dark wood, and discover what happens when a quick-witted mouse comes face to face with an owl, a snake . . . and a hungry Gruffalo! Then join the brave Gruffalo's child one wild and windy night as she ventures out into the snow on a night-time adventure in The Gruffalo's Child. These two bestselling modern classics, from the unparalleled picture book partnership of Julia Donaldson and Axel Scheffler, are brought together in a beautiful slipcase edition with foil detailing, making The Gruffalo and The Gruffalo's Child Board Book Slipcase the perfect gift for Gruffalo fans, big and small!
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  • The Folk of the Faraway Tree Gift Edition

    Enid Blyton

    Product Code: AXKBW
    Hardback
    A stunning full-colour hardback deluxe edition of the third magical story in the Magic Faraway Tree series. When Joe, Beth and Frannie move to a new home, an Enchanted Wood is on their doorstep. And when they discover the Faraway Tree, that is the beginning of many magical adventures! Join them and their friends - Moonface, Saucepan Man and Silky the fairy as they discover which new land is at the top of the Faraway Tree. Will it be the Land of Spells, the Land of Treats, or the Land of Do-As-You-Please? "This should be on every child's bookshelf". (Junior Design Awards on The Magic Faraway Tree). A classic and bestselling gift book edition that every child should read. Look out for The Enchanted Wood and The Magic Faraway Tree. Enid Blyton is one of the world's best-loved children's authors with over 700 titles published and sales of over 700,000 in the UK each year. Her stories, which include The Famous Five, The Magic Faraway Tree, Malory Towers, St Clare's, The Wishing Chair and Amelia Jane series', remain timeless classics across the world. "Her books were terrific page-turners in the way no others were". (Michael Morpurgo, author of War Horse).
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  • Winnie-the-Pooh: The Goodnight Collection

    AA Milne

    Product Code: CAVHY
    Paperback
    This enchanting Winnie-the-Pooh collection is the perfect bedtime treasury to share and enjoy for fans new and old. Winnie-the-Pooh knows all about thinking grand thoughts, playing fun games and saying wise words to himself. What better companion could there be to read about as you snuggle down to go to sleep. This charming collection of stories and poems, selected from A.A.Milne's Winnie-the-Pooh, The House at Pooh Corner, When We Were Very Young and Now We Are Six, tells enchanting tales of Winnie-the-Pooh and his friends, accompanied by E.H.Shepard's beautiful illustrations. It is the perfect timeless bedtime treasury to read before you go to sleep and dream of the adventures to be had in the days to come. The Goodnight Collection follows on from The Christopher Robin Collection in making the stories and poems more accessible to new readers of Winnie-the-Pooh with it's playful approach to the text and illustrations, showing the fun and imagination behind the classic stories.
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  • The Secret Garden

    Frances Hodgson Burnett

    Product Code: BZJMQ
    Hardback
    A stunningly beautiful hardback edition of one of the most cherished stories in the world. 'I've stolen a garden,' she said very fast. 'It isn't mine. It isn't anybody's. Nobody wants it, nobody cares for it, nobody ever goes into it. Perhaps everything is dead in it already; I don't know.' After losing her parents, young Mary Lennox is sent from India to live in her uncle's gloomy mansion on the wild English moors. She is lonely and has no one to play with, but one day she learns of a secret garden somewhere in the grounds that no one is allowed to enter. Then Mary uncovers an old key in a flowerbed - and a gust of magic leads her to the hidden door. Slowly she turns the key and enters a world she could never have imagined. Frances Hodgson Burnett (1849-1924) was born in Manchester. She had a very poor upbringing and used to escape from the horror of her surroundings by writing stories. In 1865 her family emigrated to the USA where she married and became the successful author of many children's books including Little Lord Fauntleroy and A Little Princess.
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  • Usborne Illustrated Classics

    Product Code: AKWZX
    Hardback 7 years +
    A collection of six timeless, classic stories: The Story of Heidi, Little Women, The Railway Children, Black Beauty, The Secret Garden and The Wizard of Oz.
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  • The Sleeper and the Spindle

    Neil Gaiman

    Product Code: ALMXR
    Hardback
    A thrillingly reimagined fairy tale from the truly magical combination of author Neil Gaiman and illustrator Chris Riddell - weaving together a sort-of Snow White and an almost Sleeping Beauty with a thread of dark magic, which will hold readers spellbound from start to finish. On the eve of her wedding, a young queen sets out to rescue a princess from an enchantment. She casts aside her fine wedding clothes, takes her chain mail and her sword and follows her brave dwarf retainers into the tunnels under the mountain towards the sleeping kingdom. This queen will decide her own future - and the princess who needs rescuing is not quite what she seems. Twisting together the familiar and the new, this perfectly delicious, captivating and darkly funny tale shows its creators at the peak of their talents. Lavishly produced, packed with glorious Chris Riddell illustrations enhanced with metallic ink, this is a spectacular and magical gift.

    Winner of the 2016 Kate Greenaway Medal.
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  • Aladdin (Disney Animated Classics)

    Product Code: BXLQA
    Hardback
    This beautiful hardback features premium cloth binding, a ribbon marker to match the cover, gold foil stamping and illustrated endpapers, making this the perfect gift for all those who have been enchanted by the magic of Aladdin and a book to be treasured by all. A family favourite, Disney Aladdin is one of the best-loved films of all time. Relive the magic through this retelling of the classic animated film, accompanied by paintings, story sketches and concept art from the original Disney Studio artists. Also featured is a foreword by Yasser Hamed, Crowds Supervisor at the Walt Disney Animation Studios. Turn to the back of the book to learn more about the artists who worked on this iconic animated film.
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  • Complete Dickens

    Anna Milbourne

    Product Code: CBLKQ
    Hardback
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    This beautifully illustrated collection contains all of Charles Dickens' novels retold for young readers, including Oliver Twist, Great Expectations, A Tale of Two Cities and A Christmas Carol. There are notes on the characters and quotations from the original text, plus links to websites to find out more about Charles Dickens' life and times.
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  • Mary Poppins

    PL Travers

    Product Code: BSOIE
    Hardback 5 years +
    An exquisite flagship gift edition of an iconic classic, illustrated by the current Waterstones Children's Laureate, Lauren Child. When Mary Poppins arrives at their house on a gust of the East Wind and slides up the bannister, Jane and Michael Banks's lives are turned magically upside down. Who better to reimagine this endearing children's classic than today's most instantly recognisable and best-loved artist-illustrator? Lauren Child brings the magic of Mary Poppins into the hearts and imagination of readers and fans new and old. First published in 1964, Mary Poppins has been delighting readers ever since, both in books and on film. This stunning deluxe edition is published ahead of the release of the hotly anticipated Disney film Mary Poppins Returns.
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  • A Stage Full of Shakespeare Stories

    Angela McAllister

    Product Code: BRLWP
    Hardback
    Step on to a stage full of stories with this beautiful anthology of 12 stories from Shakespeare, rewritten to be accessible to children aged 7+. Including favourites such as The Tempest, A Midsummer Night's Dream, Romeo and Juliet, Hamlet and Othello, each story is stunningly illustrated by collage artist Alice Lindstrom. This lavish follow-up to A Year Full of Stories and A World Full of Animal Stories is the perfect gift for book lovers young and old.
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  • The Railway Children

    E. Nesbit

    Product Code: BQONY
    Audio
    Penguin presents the audio CD edition of The Railway Children by E. Nesbit, read by Jenny Agutter. When Father is taken away unexpectedly, Roberta, Peter, Phyllis and their mother have to leave their comfortable life in London to go and live in a small cottage in the country. The children seek solace in the nearby railway station, and make friends with Perks the Porter and the Station Master himself. Each day, Roberta, Peter and Phyllis run down the field to the railway track and wave at the passing London train, sending their love to Father. Little do they know that the kindly old gentleman passenger who waves back holds the key to their father's disappearance.
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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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  • Little Women

    Louisa Alcott

    Product Code: BXKQQ
    Audio
    Penguin presents the audiobook edition of Little Women by Louisa May Alcott, read by Anna Koval. Come laugh and cry with the March family. Meg - the sweet-tempered one. Jo - the smart one. Beth - the shy one. Amy - the sassy one. Together they're the March sisters. Their father is away at war and times are difficult, but the bond between the sisters is strong. The family may not have much money, but that doesn't stop them from creating their own fun and forming a secret society. Through sisterly squabbles, happy times and sad, their four lives follow very different paths, and they discover that growing up is sometimes very hard to do...
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  • The Wind in the Willows

    Kenneth Grahame

    Product Code: BPQIQ
    Hardback
    The most popular children's book ever written, lovingly illustrated by John Burningham. Kenneth Grahame began to tell the tale of the river bank on the night of his son's fourth birthday, but what started out as a short bedtime story soon grew into one of the most enjoyable series of adventures ever to be told in children's literature. The entertaining exploits of the book's four intrepid heroes - Mole, Water Rat, Badger and the incorrigible Toad - have captured the imagination of generations of children. This beautiful edition is illustrated by renowned picture book artist John Burningham, whose wonderfully evocative line drawings marry perfectly with Graham's vivid text. And there are twelve glorious full-colour scenes, full of detail, to enjoy over again and again.
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  • Tom's Midnight Garden Graphic Novel

    Philippa Pearce

    Product Code: AUTXL
    Hardback
    A beautiful adaptation of the classic novel. Renowned graphic novel artist, Edith, has created an enchanting version of the classic Tom's Midnight Garden. This is a new and special way to read and share one of the best-loved and most enduring children's stories of all time. A story with a special place in the hearts of grandparents, parents, and children everywhere, this wonderful graphic novel adaptation is faithful, accessible, and stunningly illustrated. A perfect gift for all the family.
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  • Charlie and the Chocolate Factory

    Roald Dahl

    Product Code: AREEY
    Audio
    Puffin Audiobooks presents Roald Dahl's classic Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, read by the actor Douglas Hodge. This audio book features original music. Charlie Bucket desperately wants to eat more than cabbage soup every day. But even more than that, he longs to see Wonka's enormous chocolate factory! Now Mr Willy Wonka, the most wondrous inventor in the world, has hidden golden tickets inside his delicious creamy chocolate bars. Only five winners can go through those great iron gates; will one of them be Charlie? Douglas Hodge is a multi-award-winning English actor, with Olivier and Tony awards for his performance in La Cage aux Folles, and nominations for his leading roles in Cyrano de Bergerac, Guys and Dolls and Inadmissible Evidence. In 2013 he played the role of Willy Wonka in Sam Mendes' musical of Charlie and the Chocolate Factory.
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  • Charlie and the Great Glass Elevator

    Roald Dahl

    Product Code: AREEW
    Audio
    Puffin Audiobooks presents Roald Dahl's classic Charlie and the Great Glass Elevator, read by the actor Douglas Hodge. This audio book features original music. Charlie Bucket and his family are rushing around the Earth at seventeen-thousand miles an hour in a great glass elevator. It belongs to the fantastic Mr Willy Wonka, and the adventure becomes even greater upon discovering they're not the only ones orbiting the Earth at that particular time...Douglas Hodge is a multi-award-winning English actor, with Olivier and Tony awards for his performance in La Cage aux Folles, and nominations for his leading roles in Cyrano de Bergerac, Guys and Dolls and Inadmissible Evidence. In 2013 he is playing the role of Willy Wonka in Sam Mendes' musical of Charlie and the Chocolate Factory. Listen to other Roald Dahl audio books read by some very famous voices, including Kate Winslet, David Walliams and Steven Fry - plus there are added squelchy sound effects from Pinewood Studios! You can look out for new Roald Dahl apps in the App store and Google Play- including the disgusting Twit or Miss! inspired by the revolting Twits.
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What makes a classic?

Whether they've been around for decades, tell valuable lessons or simply have characters that have stood the test of time, our classic children's literature titles and collections feature some of the most popular. In our extensive range, you'll find wonderful works from authors such as Enid Blyton, A.A. Milne, Roald Dahl and Dr. Seuss. These are the kinds of stories adults will love to read to their children, just as much as the children love to hear them! They make ideal bedtime stories, as well as a great way to encourage your child's imagination.

A choice for all

Classic children's books are great for a range of ages. Younger readers will appreciate titles such as the Little Miss Collection by Roger Hargreaves, while older readers will enjoy getting stuck into J.K.Rowling's Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone.

Take a look

Browse our collection of classics above and find a brilliant, timeless story to read with your children.

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