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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

  • 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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  • I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings

    Maya Angelou

    Product Code: AAITD
    Paperback 14 years +
    Maya Angelou's six volumes of autobiography are a testament to the talents and resilience of this extraordinary writer. Loving the world, she also knows its cruelty. As a Black woman she has known discrimination and extreme poverty, but also hope, joy, achievement and celebration. In this first volume of her six books of autobiography, Maya Angelou beautifully evokes her childhood with her grandmother in the American south of the 1930s. She learns the power of the white folks at the other end of town and suffers the terrible trauma of rape by her mother's lover. 'I write about being a Black American woman, however, I am always talking about what it's like to be a human being. This is how we are, what makes us laugh, and this is how we fall and how we somehow, amazingly, stand up again' Maya Angelou
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  • Northanger Abbey

    Jane Austen

    Product Code: AADZW
    Paperback 14 years +
    During an eventful season at Bath, young, naive Catherine Morland experiences the joys of fashionable society for the first time. She is delighted with her new acquaintances: flirtatious Isabella, who shares Catherine's love of Gothic romance and horror, and sophisticated Henry and Eleanor Tilney, who invite her to their father's mysterious house, Northanger Abbey. There, her imagination influenced by novels of sensation and intrigue, Catherine imagines terrible crimes committed by General Tilney. With its broad comedy and irrepressible heroine, this is the most youthful and and optimistic of Jane Austen's works.
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  • I Capture the Castle

    Dodie Smith

    Product Code: AUMRN
    Paperback 12 years +
    "I write this sitting in the kitchen sink" is the memorable first line of this enchanting coming-of-age story, told in the form of Cassandra Mortmain's journal. Cassandra wittily describes life growing up in a crumbling castle, with her father who suffers from crippling writer's block, her glamorous but ineffectual step-mother and her vain but beloved sister Rose. When two visiting Americans arrive, all of their lives are turned upside down, and Cassandra experiences her first love. This is a classic coming-of-age story, beloved of generations of teenage and adult readers, by Dodie Smith, who also wrote The Hundred and One Dalmatians.
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  • The Call of the Wild and White Fang

    Jack London

    Product Code: AGUID
    Paperback 9 years +
    'Mush on!' Buck does not read the newspapers. If he had, he'd have known that for good strong dogs like himself trouble is brewing. Man has found gold and because of that Buck is kidnapped and dragged away from his sunny home to become a sledge dog in the harsh and freezing North. With strength, imagination and cunning on his side Buck must fight for survival. But will he ever trust Man again? This book also includes White Fang a story about a wild young cub, part dog and part wolf. Includes exclusive material: In the Backstory you can find out if you're a wild wolf or a faithful dog and learn more about the Arctic gold rush! Vintage Children's Classics is a twenty-first century classics list aimed at 8-12 year olds and the adults in their lives. Discover timeless favourites from The Jungle Book and Alice's Adventures in Wonderland to modern classics such as The Boy in the Striped Pyjamas and The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time.
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  • Things Fall Apart

    Chinua Achebe

    Product Code: AADJM
    Paperback 14 years +
    Okonowo is the greatest warrior alive. His fame has spread like a bushfire in West Africa and he is one of the most powerful men of his clan. But he also has a fiery temper. Determined not to be like his father, he refuses to show weakness to anyone - even if the only way he can master his feelings is with his fists. When outsiders threaten the traditions of his clan, Okonowo takes violent action. Will the great man's dangerous pride eventually destroy him?
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  • Martyn Pig

    Kevin Brooks

    Product Code: AUIAM
    Paperback 12 years +
    'Did I hate him? Of course I hated him. But I never meant to kill him.' Martyn hated his Dad but he never meant him to die. And now he has to tell the police what happened. Or hide the body. Simple, right? Not quite. One story leads to another. Secrets and lies become darker and crazier. And then everything shatters. Life is never easy. But death is even harder.
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  • Eagle of The Ninth

    Rosemary Sutcliff

    Product Code: AAEBO
    Paperback 14 years +
    The Ninth Legion marched into the mists of northern Britain - and they were never seen again. Four thousand men disappeared and their eagle standard was lost. It's a mystery that's never been solved, until now ...Marcus has to find out what happened to his father, who led the legion. So he sets out into the unknown, on a quest so dangerous that nobody expects him to return. The Eagle of the Ninth is heralded as one of the most outstanding children's books of the twentieth century and has sold over a million copies worldwide. Rosemary Sutcliff writes with such passion and attention to detail that Roman Britain is instantly brought to life and stays with the reader long after the last page has been turned. The book is also now the subject of a major film.
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  • Waterfall

    Lauren Kate

    Product Code: ANHCO
    Paperback 13 years +
    Eureka's tears have flooded the earth and now Atlantis is rising, along with its evil king, Atlas. Eureka is the only one who can stop him - but first she must learn how to fight. She travels across the ocean with Ander to try and make sense of the dark world her sorrow has created. But dark secrets are hidden in the depths - will she be strong enough to defeat Atlas, or is her broken heart just what he needs to power his rising kingdom? Eureka has the chance to save the world. But she'll have to give up on everything - even love...
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  • Paddy Clarke Ha Ha Ha

    Roddy Doyle

    Product Code: ABVON
    Paperback 14 years +
    Roddy Doyle's Booker Prize-winning novel describes the world of ten-year-old Paddy Clarke, growing up in Barrytown, north Dublin. From fun and adventure on the streets, boredom in the classroom to increasing isolation at home, "Paddy Clarke Ha Ha Ha" is the story of a boy who sees everything but understands less and less.
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  • Dancing at Lughnasa

    Brian Friel

    Product Code: AHTTX
    Paperback 14 years +
    It is 1936 and harvest time in County Donegal. In a house just outside the village of Ballybeg live the five Mundy sisters, barely making ends meet, their ages ranging from twenty-six up to forty. The two male members of the household are brother Jack, a missionary priest, repatriated from Africa by his superiors after 25 years, and the seven-year-old child of the youngest sister. In depicting two days in the life of this menage, Brian Friel evokes not simply the interior landscape of a group of human beings trapped in their domestic situation, but the wider landscape, interior and exterior, Christian and pagan, of which they are a part.
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  • Silas Marner

    George Eliot

    Product Code: AFOSX
    Paperback 14 years +
    "God gave her to me because you turned your back upon her, and He looks upon her as mine: you've no right to her!" Wrongly accused of theft and exiled from a religious community many years before, the embittered weaver Silas Marner lives alone in Raveloe, living only for work and his precious hoard of money. But when his money is stolen and an orphaned child finds her way into his house, Silas is given the chance to transform his life. His fate, and that of the little girl he adopts, is entwined with Godfrey Cass, son of the village Squire, who, like Silas, is trapped by his past. Silas Marner, George Eliot's favourite of her novels, combines humour, rich symbolism and pointed social criticism to create an unsentimental but affectionate portrait of rural life. "The Penguin English Library" - 100 editions of the best fiction in English, from the eighteenth century and the very first novels to the beginning of the First World War.
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  • Great Expectations

    Charles Dickens

    Product Code: AADZK
    Paperback 11 years +
    A terrifying encounter with an escaped convict in a graveyard on the wild Kent marshes; a summons to meet the bitter, decaying Miss Havisham and her beautiful, cold-hearted ward Estella; the sudden generosity of a mysterious benefactor - these form a series of events that change the orphaned Pip's life forever, and he eagerly abandons his humble origins to begin a new life as a gentleman. Dickens' haunting late novel depicts Pip's education and development through adversity as he discovers thetrue nature of his 'great expectations'.
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  • No Longer at Ease

    Chinua Achebe

    Product Code: ACDLZ
    Paperback 14 years +
    Obi Okonkwo is an idealistic young man who, thanks to the privileges of an education in Britain, has now returned to Nigeria for a job in the civil service. However in his new role he finds that the way of government seems to be backhanders and corruption. Obi manages to resist the bribes that are offered to him, but when he falls in love with an unsuitable girl - to the disapproval of his parents - he sinks further into emotional and financial turmoil. The lure of easy money becomes harder to refuse, and Obi becomes caught in a trap he cannot escape. Showing a man lost in cultural limbo, and a Nigeria entering a new age of disillusionment, "No Longer at Ease" concludes Achebe's remarkable trilogy charting three generations of an African community under the impact of colonialism, the first two volumes of which are "Things Fall Apart" and "Arrow of God".
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  • Where the Red Fern Grows

    Wilson Rawls

    Product Code: BGSCC
    Paperback 9 years +
    Billy has long dreamt of owning not one, but two dogs. So when he?s finally able to save up enough money for two pups to call his own?Old Dan and Little Ann?he?s ecstatic. It?s true that times are tough, but together they?ll roam the hills of the Ozarks. Soon Billy and his hounds become the finest hunting team in the valley. Stories of their great achievements spread throughout the region, and the combination of Old Dan?s brawn, Little Ann?s brains, and Billy?s sheer will seems unbeatable. But tragedy awaits these determined hunters?now friends?and Billy learns that hope can grow out of despair.
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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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