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Classic Children's Books

  • The Magic Faraway Tree Collection

    Enid Blyton

    Product Code: BWKKL
    Paperback
    Three magical stories in one bumper book!

    Be whisked away by Enid Blyton, the world's best-loved storyteller, on, not one, but THREE magical Faraway Tree adventures in this illustrated Magic Faraway Tree collection!

    When Joe, Beth and Frannie move to the countryside, they discover that their new house lies next to the Enchanted Wood! And in that wood, lives the Magic Faraway Tree. This is no ordinary tree - it is home to more magical lands full of elves, pixies, talking creatures and wonderful adventures.
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  • The Wind in the Willows

    Kenneth Grahame

    Product Code: AZNKG
    Hardback
    The much-loved classic tales of Ratty, Mole, Badger and Toad, reissued in hardback with a stunningly beautiful cover design based on the V & A Museum's William Morris collection. When Mole goes boating with Ratty instead of doing his spring-cleaning, he discovers a whole new world. As well as adventures on the river and in the Wild Wood, there are high jinks on the open road with that reckless ruffian, Mr Toad of Toad Hall. Ratty, Mole, Badger and Toad become the firmest of friends, but after Toad's latest escapade, can they join together and beat the wretched weasels once and for all? This is a wonderful, timeless classic story for readers of all ages.
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  • Peace at Last

    Jill Murphy

    Product Code: BLXDK
    Paperback Babies
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    The hour was late and Mr Bear was tired. But he could not sleep - however he tried and wherever he tried.Snore, snore went Mrs Bear.Tick-tock, tick-tock went the clock.Would he never get to sleep? The familiar noises, repetition and beautiful illustrations make Jill Murphy's the delightful Peace at Last an all-time favourite bedtime story with children and adults everywhere. This is a beautiful refreshed edition of a much-loved picture book classic.
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  • Whatever Next!

    Jill Murphy

    Product Code: BLXDG
    Paperback Babies
    The moon and back before bath time? Whatever next!Join Baby Bear as he finds a rocket, makes friends with an owl and has a picnic on the moon. Celebrate thirty-five years of the bear family with this very special edition of the classic bedtime story, Whatever Next!, a beautiful story of innocence and imagination, full of the characteristic warmth and humour of Jill Murphy, author of The Worst Witch.
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  • Cloud Busting

    Malorie Blackman

    Product Code: AOLYO
    Paperback 9 years +
    Despite his Mum's insistence, Sam doesn't want to be friends with Davey, he thinks Davey's a first class, grade A, top of the dung heap moron. But one day Davey saves Sam's life and a bond is formed between them. Sam is still embarrassed to be seen with Davey, but little by little he has to admit, when it's just the two of them, Davey is a lot of fun. But then something terrible happens to Davey...Told in verse, in first person, this is the touching story of an extraordinary friendship, that changes two boys lives for ever. An uplifting tale that truly sings out.
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  • Little Women

    Louisa May Alcott

    Product Code: BRAJM
    Hardback 12 years +
    Little Women is one of the best-loved children's stories of all time, based on the author's own youthful experiences. It describes the family of the four March sisters living in a small New England community. Meg, the eldest, is pretty and wishes to be a lady; Jo, at fifteen is ungainly and unconventional with an ambition to be an author; Beth is a delicate child of thirteen with a taste for music and Amy is a blonde beauty of twelve. The story of their domestic adventures, their attempts to increase the family income, their friendship with the neighbouring Laurence family, and their later love affairs remains as fresh and beguiling as ever.
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  • To Kill a Mockingbird

    Harper Lee

    Product Code: AAAQY
    Paperback

    Told through the young eyes of Scout and Jem, Harper Lee's To Kill a Mockingbird is rightly heralded as a classic of modern literature. A black man has been charged with the rape of a white girl and the young children's father, Atticus Finch, is the lawyer tasked with defending him. The conscience of a town steeped in prejudice, violence and hypocrisy is soon pricked by this one man's struggle for justice. These irrational attitudes to race and class in the Deep South of the 30s are expertly explored with exuberant humour, contributing to a story and characters, such as the neighbour Boo Radley, that are truly unforgettable.

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  • The Magic Faraway Tree

    Enid Blyton

    Product Code: AJWFH
    Paperback 7 years +
    (1)
    The second story in Enid Blyton's Faraway Tree series, The Magic Faraway Tree follows Joe, Beth and Frannie as they move to a new home next to an Enchanted Wood and visit some magical lands...

    As they make friends with Moonface, Saucepan Man and Silky the fairy, they get to experience the Land of Spells, the Land of Treats and the Land of Do-As-You-Please...

    Magical stories from the author of the Famous Five, Secret Seven, Malory Towers, Noddy and St. Clare's series of books.
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  • The Star Outside my Window

    Onjali Q. Rauf

    Product Code: CAXBX
    Paperback 9 years +
    'I've always wanted to be a Star Hunter. But I don't want to be the kind that looks for old stars that have already been burning for millions of years. I want to find the brand new ones - the ones that have only just been born and are searching for the people they've left behind...' Following the disappearance of her mum, 10-year-old Aniyah suddenly finds herself living in foster care. With her life in disarray, she knows just one thing for sure: her mum isn't gone for ever. Because people with the brightest hearts never truly leave. They become stars. So when a new star is spotted acting strangely in the sky, Aniyah is sure it's her mum, and she embarks on the adventure of a lifetime to make sure everyone else knows too -- an adventure that involves breaking into the Royal Observatory of London, a mischievous scurry of squirrels and the biggest star in Hollywood... Told through the innocent voice of a child, this is a story that explores the subtle faces and endless impacts of domestic violence, and celebrates the power of hope and resilience, from Onjali Rauf, the award-winning author of The Boy at the Back of the Class.
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  • Postman Bear

    Julia Donaldson

    Product Code: CDBSK
    Other
    Lift the flaps and join in the fun with this special anniversary edition of the bestselling preschool classic, Postman Bear by Julia Donaldson and Axel Scheffler, creators of The Gruffalo. Bear is writing letters to his friends. But what could his letters be about? Lift the flaps and join Frog, Squirrel and Mole for Bear's special surprise! With sturdy flaps on every spread and rhyming stories that are a joy to read aloud, the Tales from Acorn Wood series has been delighting both parents and toddlers for over twenty years. Celebrate their unending appeal with Postman Bear: 20th Anniversary Edition. Discover more stories in the Tales from Acorn Wood series: Fox's Socks, Rabbit's Nap and Hide-and-Seek Pig.
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  • Oxford Reading Tree Treetops Classics: Level 17 More Pack A: Oliver Twist

    Charles Dickens

    Product Code: AIXLE
    Paperback 7 years +
    Oliver Twist tells the story of Oliver's struggle with life. After suffering the hardships of the workhouse, he is thrust into a life in the dark underworld of the London streets. Oliver struggles to escape from the evil Fagin and Sikes who are determined to ruin his life. Exciting and powerful classic stories to enrich and extend your children's reading experiences. TreeTops Classics are carefully adapted versions of must-read stories which introduce your readers to significant authors, powerful plots and characters that have stood the test of time. These abridged versions of classics have been sensitively adapted by top children's authors to ensure that language and content is appropriate, but remain faithful to the original. These enchanting stories will appeal to all your junior readers and introduce them to a rich literary heritage. Each book includes author biographies and notes to help with historical and social context and any challenging vocabulary, ensuring the books are easily accessible. Books contain inside cover notes to support children in their reading. Help with children's reading development also available at www.oxfordowl.co.uk. The books are finely levelled, making it easy to match every child to the right book.
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  • George's Marvellous Medicine

    Roald Dahl

    Product Code: AREHB
    Audio 7 years +
    Puffin Audiobooks present a phizz-whizzing reading of Roald Dahl's George's Marvellous Medicine, read by Derek Jacobi. The audiobook features original music and 3D sound design by Pinewood film studios. George Kranky is eight-years-old and wondering what sort of mischief he might get into. George's Grandma is a grizzly old grouch and George wants to teach her a lesson...And when Grandma's finished drinking George's marvellous medicine, she'll really have something to grumble about. Listen to George's Marvellous Medicine and other Roald Dahl audio books read by some very famous voices, including Kate Winslet, David Walliams and Steven Fry - and 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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  • Malory Towers Collection 3

    Enid Blyton

    Product Code: CCWUM
    Paperback
    There's more to life than lessons at Malory Towers, Enid Blyton's best-loved boarding school series. This fantastic bumper collection contains Malory Towers books 7-9, with a brand-new cover illustrated by Pippa Curnick. New Term Felicity Rivers is excited to be Head Girl of the third form and there are three new girls to help settle in this term. But Felicity's in for a shock when someone starts playing spiteful tricks. The girls suspect an old enemy is to blame. How will they find out for sure? Summer Term Summer at Malory Towers means picnics, swimming and horse-riding. There are also the usual tricks to play and secrets to keep, but no one was expecting a mystery to solve. So when a horse is stolen from the riding school run by old girls Bill and Clarissa, all the third-formers want to help. Who could the culprit be? Winter Term This term the fourth-formers are busy planning for the school Christmas concert, but that doesn't stop them plotting tricks too! Susan is supposed to be in charge of the play but bossy Sylvia wants to take over, and new teacher Miss Tallant seems surprisingly knowledgable about all of their plans. Could there be a spy in their midst? Between 1946 and 1951, Enid Blyton wrote six novels set at Malory Towers. Books 7-12 are authorised sequels of the series written by Pamela Cox in 2009 and focus on the adventures of Felicity Rivers, Susan Blake, and June Johns. This collection features the original stories and is unillustrated.
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  • Naughty Amelia Jane

    Enid Blyton

    Product Code: BWHGN
    Paperback 7 years +
    Meet Amelia Jane! She's a (mischievous) Strong Independent rag doll and she's about to enchant a whole new generation of readers! A collection of 11 classic fantastical short stories from the world's best-loved children's author, Enid Blyton. Amelia Jane has an uncanny knack for getting herself into mischief and into trouble with the rest of the toys in the playroom - from snipping off pink rabbit's tail to tipping a bucket of sea-water over Tom the toy soldier on a trip to the seaside. But really, Amelia Jane has a brave and adventurous heart of gold - and when the toys need rescuing from naughty goblins or big waves, it's Amelia Jane to the rescue! Short, entertaining and accessible stories make the Amelia Jane books perfect for bedtime reading and for newly independent readers of five and upwards. A charming and fun offering for grandparents and parents to share with the next generation of Blyton fans. Also in this series: Naughty Amelia Jane Amelia Jane Again Amelia Jane Gets into Ttrouble Good Idea Amelia Jane Amelia Jane is Naughty Again 'Her books were terrific page-turners in the way no others were' - Michael Morpurgo, author of War Horse. Enid Blyton is arguably the most famous children's author of all time, thanks to series such as The Magic Faraway Tree, The Famous Five, The Wishing-Chair and The Secret Seven. Her fantasy books, like the story of the mischievous rag doll Amelia Jane, are among her most popular creations and they promise to enchant boys and girls for generations to come. Enid Blyton takes her place alongside Roald Dahl, Beatrix Potter, and A. A. Milne as one of Britain's true heritage children's authors. She remains one of the world's best-loved storytellers and is consistently voted a children's favourite in reader polls.
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  • Oliver Twist

    Charles Dickens

    Product Code: AKJIN
    Paperback 9 years +
    The classic story of a young boy who seeks his fortune on the streets of London. After Oliver Twist asks nasty Mr Bumble for more food, he has to flee the workhouse for the streets of London. Here he meets the Artful Dodger, who leads him to Fagin and his gang of pickpockets. When a thieving mission goes wrong, Oliver narrowly avoids prison and finds himself in the care of kind Mr Brownlow. But Fagin and the brutal Bill Sikes go in search of the young orphan, determined to drag him back...With an inspirational and light-hearted introduction by Garth Nix, "Oliver Twist" by Charles Dickens is one of the twelve wonderful classic stories being relaunched in "Puffin Classics" in March 2008.
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  • Hide-and-Seek Pig

    Julia Donaldson

    Product Code: CDBTC
    Other
    Lift the flaps and join in the fun with this special anniversary edition of the bestselling preschool classic, Hide-and-Seek Pig by Julia Donaldson and Axel Scheffler, creators of The Gruffalo. Pig and Hen are playing hide-and-seek. But where on earth could Hen be? Can you lift the flaps and help Pig find out where Hen is hiding? With sturdy flaps on every spread and rhyming stories that are a joy to read aloud, the Tales from Acorn Wood series has been delighting both parents and toddlers for over twenty years. Celebrate their unending appeal with Hide-and-Seek Pig: 20th Anniversary Edition. Discover more stories in the Tales from Acorn Wood series: Fox's Socks, Rabbit's Nap and Postman Bear.
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  • My Naughty Little Sister Collection

    Dorothy Edwards

    Product Code: CAXFE
    Paperback
    An enchanting collection of stories about the most famous little sister in the world, with the beautiful and iconic illustrations by Shirley Hughes. This treasure trove of sibling naughtiness contains: My Naughty Little Sister More Naughty Little Sister Stories My Naughty Little Sister and Bad Harry When My Naughty Little Sister Was Good My Naughty Little Sister's Friends
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  • The Children of Green Knowe Collection

    Lucy M. Boston

    Product Code: AHUEK
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    These enchanting, haunting stories from Carnegie winner Lucy M. Boston have become modern classics, beautifully evoking all the magic and wonder of childhood. Now The Children of Green Knowe and River at Green Knowe are available in one edition. Children of Green Know Tolly's great grandmother isn't a witch, but both she and her old house, Green Knowe, are full of a very special kind of magic. There are other children in the house - children who were happy there centuries before. Running around Green Knowe's moat, gardens and mysterious rooms, Tolly slowly discovers them, their toys and animals, and their wonderful stories...River at Green Knowe 'What a lot of islands the river makes,' said Ida. 'We must go exploring and sail around them all.' And so begins a wonderful, magical summer. Ida, Oscar and Ping are staying with Ida's great-aunt at the ancient, river-encircled house of Green Knowe. They set out to chart the river in the canoe, and soon discover that it has some surprising and mysterious secrets.
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  • Rabbit's Nap

    Julia Donaldson

    Product Code: CDBSQ
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    Lift the flaps and join in the fun with this special anniversary edition of the bestselling preschool classic, Rabbit's Nap by Julia Donaldson and Axel Scheffler, creators of The Gruffalo. Rabbit is trying to get to sleep, but everyone is being so noisy. Lift the flaps and find out who is keeping Rabbit awake! Will she ever have her nap? With sturdy flaps on every spread and rhyming stories that are a joy to read aloud, the Tales from Acorn Wood series has been delighting both parents and toddlers for over twenty years. Celebrate their unending appeal with Rabbit's Nap: 20th Anniversary Edition. Discover more stories in the Tales from Acorn Wood series: Fox's Socks, Hide-and-Seek Pig and Postman Bear.
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  • Rudyard Kipling's Just So Stories, retold by Elli Woollard

    Elli Woollard

    Product Code: BQMCE
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    Delightfully retold in humorous verse, with beautiful illustrations throughout and an accompanying audio CD narrated by Lenny Henry, this is a beautiful reworked edition of Rudyard Kipling's children's classic, Just So Stories. In this stunning illustrated collection meet the cat who walked by himself, discover how the lazy camel got his hump, how the elephant got his long trunk, find out why the rhino has such wrinkly skin and how the whale got his teeny tiny throat. These well known, richly imagined stories tell of how the world came to be as it is. This is a smart, funny and younger approach to Kipling's work, and Just So Stories as you've never seen them before. Rudyard Kipling's Just So Stories are one of the enduring classics of children's literature and these witty, inventive stories have delighted generations of children. Combining the brilliant rhyming talent of Elli Woollard and beautiful illustrations from the award-winning Marta Altes, Elli Woollard's Just So Stories is an enchanting retelling of a much-loved classic for a new generation. A book to truly treasure and one you will want to share. Stories include: How the Whale got his Throat How the Camel got his Hump How the Rhinoceros got his Skin The Elephant's Child The Cat that Walked by Himself
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  • Island of the Blue Dolphins

    Scott O'Dell

    Product Code: AUITI
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    Twelve-year-old Karana escapes death at the hands of treacherous hunters, only to find herself totally alone on a harsh desolate island. How she survives in the face of all sorts of dangers makes gripping and inspiring reading. Based on a true story.
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  • Swallows and Amazons

    Arthur Ransome

    Product Code: AEVFK
    Paperback 9 years +
    Swallows and Amazons for ever!' The Walker children - also known as Captain John, Mate Susan, Able-Seaman Titty, and Ship's Boy Roger - set sail on the Swallow and head for Wild Cat Island. There they camp under open skies, swim in clear water and go fishing for their dinner. But their days are disturbed by the Blackett sisters, the fierce Amazon pirates. The Swallows and Amazons decide to battle it out, and so begins a summer of unforgettable discoveries and incredible adventures. See inside: Crack the Swallow's code and learn all about the real locations that inspired the adventurous author.
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  • Tales of the Greek Heroes

    Roger Lancelyn Green

    Product Code: AADYD
    Paperback 9 years +
    This title features the mysterious and exciting legends of the gods and heroes in Ancient Greece, from the adventures of Perseus, the labours of Heracles, the voyage of Jason and the Argonauts, to Odysseus and the Trojan wars. This title is introduced with wit and humour by Rick Riordan, creator of the highly successful "Percy Jackson" series.
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  • Oliver Twist

    Charles Dickens

    Product Code: ASZKU
    Hardback
    Dickens' timeless novel transports young readers to a colorful Victorian England filled with mistreated orphans, grim workhouses and gangs of thieving children. The hero finds himself in dire circumstances but escapes to London, where he becomes involved with criminals...and finally finds a real home. Abridged for easier reading and carefully rewritten, with "Classic Starts[trademark]", young readers can experience the wonder of timeless stories from an early age.
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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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