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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 Chronicles of Narnia

    CS Lewis

    Product Code: ADDPD
    Paperback 7 years +
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    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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  • 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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  • Bob's Lunar Adventures

    Simon Bartram

    Product Code: BCWCR
    Paperback
    Get ready for hours of Bob fun with this collection of his finest fiction adventures. Includes the books - Clone Chaos, A Right Royal Disaster, The Disappearing Moon, The Heartless Robots and Bob's Film Fiasco.
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  • The Babar Collection

    Jean de Brunhoff

    Product Code: AUVXH
    Paperback
    This charming collection of five French illustrated classics follows the adventures of the world's best-loved elephant, Babar, as he becomes king, builds a city, meets Father Christmas and has many other exciting adventures. One of the most iconic series of animal books in history, Babar has become a household name both as a character in children's books and on TV. Jean de Brunhoff's exquisite stories have charmed readers around the world for 80 years, and fans can now cherish a collection of his tales in this beautiful gift book. This edition includes the original introduction by A. A. Milne
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  • Captain Aquatica

    National Geographic Kids

    Product Code: BXZGH
    Paperback
    Take to the seas with marine conservationist and shark researcher Captain Aquatica and her hammerhead shark sidekick, Fin, to explore the ocean's wettest and wildest depths and get the latest facts from the field! Scientist Jessica Cramp illuminates her work studying sharks and protecting our amazing ocean, with in-depth scientific info and comic-book flair. Cramp's conversational and witty explanations will make kids want to dive right in. Colorful side stories in graphic novel-style (featuring Cramp's character, Captain Aquatica, and her sidekick shark, Fin) help make big concepts accessible and interesting to kids of all levels. Amazing photography and cool content draw kids into the subject and story, attracting STEM fanatics and reluctant readers alike.
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  • Alice's Adventures in Wonderland

    Lewis Carroll

    Product Code: BUAJE
    Paperback 5 years +
    This classic story of logic and lunacy with its memorable characters and spirited heroine is illustrated with great warmth and humour by Helen Oxenbury in this beautiful award-winning edition. For over a hundred years, Lewis Carroll's classic story of logic and lunacy has delighted young and old alike. More abundantly illustrated than previous editions, this award-winning interpretation is full of warmth and humour. The whole approach is contemporary and accessible: Alice herself is a child of today - casually dressed, personable, spirited. In Helen Oxenbury's hands, the topsy-turvy world of Wonderland is a wondrous place indeed!
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  • The Iliad

    Gillian Cross

    Product Code: BSXSC
    Paperback
    Gillian Cross's brilliant retelling and Neil Packer's glorious illustrations bring to life Homer's Iliad, one of the greatest stories ever told. Gillian Cross's brilliant retelling and Neil Packer's glorious illustrations bring to life Homer's Iliad, one of the greatest stories ever told. The team behind The Odyssey (2012) now tell the story of the Trojan War. Cross's vivid adaptation begins with a beauty contest: the prize, a golden apple. In return for securing her victory, the goddess Aphrodite helps Prince Paris abduct Helen, wife to the king of Sparta. Enraged, the king and his Greek allies wage war on the Trojans. Nine years later, the fighting still rages on, but the Greeks are beginning to quarrel among themselves - Achilles and Agamemnon's petty argument has dire consequences for everyone caught in the crossfire. Neil Packer's pictures capture the beauty and remoteness of the setting, and bring a profound humanity to one of the finest literary achievements of Greek civilisation.
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  • How the Whale Became and Other Tales of the Early World

    Ted Hughes

    Product Code: BSAZD
    Paperback
    Ted Hughes wrote a series of stories for children from the early 1960s through until 1995 about how the world, and the creatures in it, came into being. They are collected here in one volume for the first time. These are richly told tales of sparkling intensity about animals finding their form, and God's struggle to understand what he has created. Meet the Polar Bear whose obsession with her snowy white fur is so great that she can only live in a landscape surrounded by her own reflection; the Whale, growing in God's garden beside the carrots; King Leo, who began life because God was hungry for his sausages; poor Parrot's painful defeat in the marriage song contest at the wedding of Man and Woman; and Sparrow's heroic battle against the bird-swallowing Black Hole. There are stories here to suit children from four to fourteen, whether for reading aloud or alone.
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  • The Gloriumptious Worlds of Roald Dahl

    Quentin Blake

    Product Code: BROPQ
    Paperback
    This fantastical and official new book, published just over 100 years after Roald Dahl's birth, will appeal to fans who grew up reading his stories, or reading them to their children, as well as to new readers who are discovering Dahl's world for the first time. It gives a brilliant new perspective on his most-loved (and hated) characters and stories. The Gloriumptious Worlds of Roald Dahl brings together Dahl's wondrous creations and Quentin Blake's iconic illustrations with previously unpublished reproductions of imagined letters, artefacts, posters and much, much more. Inspired by the characters and events from each of Dahl's books, and including original thoughts and notes on yellow lined paper - as if written by Dahl himself - the book expands upon his stories in a humorous and creative way, making it the ideal addition to everyone's Dahl collection.
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  • The Complete Adventures of Curious George

    H.A. Rey

    Product Code: BPPLA
    Paperback
    Curious George, a little monkey whose curiosity always gets the better of him, has been a favourite with several generations of children. This complete collection contains all his adventures, with their original full-colour illustrations by husband and wife team Hans and Margret Rey.
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  • Anne of Green Gables

    LM Montgomery

    Product Code: BNDBJ
    Paperback
    A classic coming-of-age tale of a spirited heroine named Anne Anne Shirley is an eleven-year-old orphan who is mistakenly sent to a pair of siblings who had wanted to adopt a boy to help with the work on their farm in Prince Edward Island. Anne's quirky personality and good-natured spirit cause the siblings to grow to love her anyway and soon the entire town falls for the precocious little girl with bright red hair. Beloved by both children and adults, Anne of Green Gables is a celebration of fierce individualism and the families we create, rather than the ones we are born into.
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  • Adventures of Huckleberry Finn

    Mark Twain

    Product Code: AZUKB
    Paperback
    Rediscover the classic American tale or mentally embark on the Mississippi River for the first time. "All modern American literature comes from one book by Mark Twain called 'Huckleberry Finn'." - Ernest Hemingway A favorite among young readers and adults alike, Mark Twain's Adventures of Huckleberry Finn, first published in 1884, is considered to be the author's masterpiece, as well as one of the best American novels ever written. In order to escape his abusive father, Huckleberry Finn fakes his own death. He meets up with the runaway slave Jim, and the two begin a new, carefree life on a raft traversing the Mississippi River. Despite their travels bringing them more trouble than expected and the fear of being returned to their old lives, Huck Finn and Jim form a bond that helps protect them from the judgments of a hypocritical society that claims to value civilization even as it benefits from the horror of slavery. Many readers see Adventures of Huckleberry Finn as a children's book because Huck is a boy. However, the book's moral themes and metaphors are relevant for almost any age and situation. Huck rejects his Aunt Sally's attempts to protect him in favor of the entering the unknown wild. He simply values his own personal freedom and sense above all else-a quintessential American trait. Explore this unique novel for the first or the hundredth time. It is always an experience not to be missed!
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  • Emma

    Jane Austen

    Product Code: AZUBD
    Paperback
    Stroll into a world of romance, village life, and even a little silliness, with Jane Austen's Emma. Despite the fact that Jane Austen set out to write a story with heroine whom she said that "no one but myself will much like," Emma has resonated with readers since its original publication in 1815 and has been retold many times for television and movies. Self-satisfied Emma Woodhouse thinks she is above romance of any kind, but when she decides she is a great matchmaker and sets out to find a wealthy husband for her friend, the sweet yet pitiable Harriet Smith, she crosses paths with the charming Mr. Knightley. Even though Emma tries to ignore her feelings for him, she ends up marrying him and realizes that "Perfect happiness, even in memory, is not common." Beyond the romance, Emma is full of humor and wit and is also a commentary on upper-class social manners at the turn of the nineteenth century. The title character herself, rather you love her or hate her, is both inescapably self-delusional and rather fun to imagine.
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  • A Christmas Carol

    PJ Lynch

    Product Code: AVGGY
    Paperback
    A Christmas Carol has become as much a part of Christmas as trees, stockings and mistletoe. Ireland's new Children's Laureate P.J. Lynch breathes new life into Dickens's classic ghostly tale for this magnificent paperback edition. Ebenezer Scrooge is a mean old skinflint, and our story opens on a Christmas Eve as cold as his heart. In the dead of night, Scrooge is visited by the tormented ghost of his old friend Jacob Marley. Having led a selfish, miserly life, Marley can find no peace in death: his spirit has wandered the earth for seven years. To avoid the same fate, Scrooge sets off on a hair-raising journey through his past, present and future. Will he see the error of his ways before it's too late? First published in 1843, P.J. Lynch's detailed and atmospheric artwork for this lavish, unabridged edition conjures up Dickensian London and its inhabitants with breathtaking immediacy.
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  • Alice in Wonderland

    Lewis Carroll

    Product Code: ATAWQ
    Paperback
    The irony and satire of Lewis Carroll's classic Alice in Wonderland acquires a new life with Ralph Steadman's audacious and dynamic illustrations. This book is a beautifully restored and meticulously reformatted edition of Steadman's 1968 work. The force of social satire and fantasy in the original text of Alice in Wonderland is as relevant today as when the book was first published in 1865. In this edition, Ralph Steadman's drawings remain faithful to the book's satirical tone while revealing his own passion for irony. Steadman's version of Carroll's classic tale is a startling departure from the traditional Victorian or Disney approaches. In his introduction, he describes how a fresh illustrative perspective created an original, modern vision. The story acquires new life with his audacious and dynamic illustrations. The 47 restored pen-and-ink illustrations are the same as in the critically acclaimed award-winning 1968 edition. They convey the energy, imagination and power of Steadman's pen and introduce the wit and wisdom of Alice to a new generation of readers.
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  • Gris Grimly's Frankenstein

    Mary Shelley

    Product Code: AOHTW
    Paperback
    "Grimly enlivens the prose while retaining its power to both frighten and engage sympathy for the monster-creator Victor Frankenstein. This is a richly morose nightmare of a book, a primer for young readers on the pleasures and dangers of decadent languidness."-New York Times Book Review Gris Grimly's Frankenstein is a twisted, fresh, and utterly original full-length, full-color graphic-novel adaptation of Mary Shelley's original text, brought to life by acclaimed illustrator Gris Grimly. The first fully illustrated version to use the original 1818 text, this handsome volume is destined to capture the imagination of those new to the story as well as those who know it well. New York Times bestselling illustrator Gris Grimly has long considered Frankenstein to be one of his chief inspirations. From the bones and flesh of the original, he has cut and stitched Mary Shelley's text to his own artwork, creating something entirely new: a stunningly original remix, both classic and contemporary, sinister and seductive, heart-stopping and heartbreaking.
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  • The Hobbit

    JRR Tolkien

    Product Code: ALXRD
    Paperback
    Probably the most famous children's book of modern times - regularly topping polls for 'favourite book' and now available in a Large Type format to complement The Lord of The Rings Large Type trilogy. Bilbo Baggins enjoys a quiet and contented life, with no desire to travel far from the comforts of home; then one day the wizard Gandalf and a band of dwarves arrive unexpectedly and enlist his services - as a burglar - on a dangerous expedition to raid the treasure-hoard of Smaug the dragon. Bilbo's life is never to be the same again. The Hobbit became an instant success when it was first published in 1937, and more than 60 years later Tolkien's epic tale of elves, dwarves, trolls, goblins, myth, magic and adventure, with its reluctant hero Bilbo Baggins, has lost none of its appeal.
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  • Graphic Shakespeare

    Product Code: AFKZV
    Paperback
    Including Hamlet, Macbeth, Romeo and Juliet, Julius Caesar and A Midsummer Night's Dream, Graphic Shakespeare is a collection of illustrated Shakespeare classics retold as exciting and fast-paced graphic novels for young readers, a format which is particularly popular with reluctant readers. Straightforward narratives in modern English accompany key excerpts from Shakespeare's original dialogue, and difficult words and phrases are explained as they occur. A running glossary at the foot of each page helps young readers with any challenging vocabulary without disrupting their reading experience. Specially commissioned, full-colour, dramatic artwork faithfully respresents set-pieces from the plays, and brings excitement and atmosphere to the tales. Speech bubbles work with the main text to emphasise and enhance the retelling.
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  • God Beneath the Sea

    Leon Garfield

    Product Code: AIUFI
    Paperback 9 years +
    Leon Garfield and Edward Blishen retells some of the most famous Greek myths in this classic of children's literature. This is the epic history of the Greek Gods told from their violent beginnings to the creation of man.
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  • The Secret Garden

    Frances Hodgson Burnett

    Product Code: BDELK
    Paperback
    Step into the world of The Secret Garden with this beautifully illustrated paperback edition of one of the best-loved children's stories. When orphan Mary Lennox arrives from India to live with her uncle, everyone at Misselthwaite Manor thinks her a most disagreeable child. Then one day she discovers a secret garden, locked and hidden for ten years. With the help of a young boy called Dickon and her spoilt, invalid cousin, Colin, Mary brings the garden back to life; and as she does, the mystery behind it is revealed. An instant classic, The Secret Garden has been cherished by generations of readers since its publication in 1911. Stunningly illustrated by Inga Moore.
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  • The Odyssey

    Gillian Cross

    Product Code: AHWVD
    Paperback 8 years +
    This is the paperback of Walker's magnificent edition of Homer's epic story. It is illustrated with lavish full colour pictures and exquisite black and white silhouettes. Homer's great story is retold with simplicity and style by award-winning children's writer Gillian Cross, and vividly brought to life in Neil Packer's stunning illustrations. It charts the ten year epic voyage of Odysseus as he returns from the Trojan War to the island of Ithaca. On his journey he encounters all manner of perils, from the man-eating Cyclops and the evil sorceress Circe, to the deadly lure of the Sirens and the wrath of the sea-god Poseidon. Neil Packer's striking imagination, and his extraordinary use of colour and dramatic silhouettes, capture the terrors of Odysseus' travels as well as the dangers faced by his wife Penelope and his son Telemachus at home. The illustrations are a perfect complement to Gillian Cross's beguiling narrative, which transports the reader effortlessly into Homer's world. It includes: one of the world's great stories retold by a Carnegie Medal-winning author; over 45 full-colour illustrations; wonderfully evocative black-and-white silhouettes; and hardback featured on publication on National Public Radio's "Morning Edition" - one of America's furthest reaching radio programmes.
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  • Hexwood

    Diana Wynne Jones

    Product Code: BHXWK
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    "All I did was ask you for a role-playing game. You never warned me I'd be pitched into it for real! And I asked you for hobbits on a Grail quest, and not one hobbit have I seen!" Hexwood Farm is a bit like human memory; it doesn't reveal its secrets in chronological order. Consequently, whenever Ann enters Hexwood, she cannot guarantee on always ending up in the same place or even the same time. Hexwood Farm is full of machines that should not be tampered with - and when one is, the aftershock is felt throughout the universe. Only Hume, Ann and Mordion can prevent an apocalypse in their struggle with the deadly Reigners - or are they too being altered by the whims of Hexwood? A complex blend of science fiction and all sorts of fantasy - including fantasy football!!
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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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