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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 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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  • 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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  • A Christmas Carol

    Charles Dickens

    Product Code: BLWUV
    Paperback 9 years +
    Ebenezer Scrooge is a miserly old skinflint. He hates everyone, especially children. But at Christmas three ghosts come to visit him, scare him into mending his ways, and he finds, as he celebrates with Bob Cratchit, Tiny Tim and their family, that geniality brings its own reward. This finest of all Christmas stories is beautifully illustrated with Arthur Rackham's superb line drawings.
  • The Mountain of Adventure

    Enid Blyton

    Product Code: AKICQ
    Paperback
    Surely a peaceful holiday in the Welsh mountains will keep the children out of trouble! But the mystery of a rumbling mountain soon has them thirsty for more adventure. Philip, Dinah, Lucy-Ann, Jack and Kiki the parrot are determined to explore the mountain and uncover its secret, but first they must escape from a pack of ravenous wolves and a mad genius who plans to rule the world!
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  • The Circus of Adventure

    Enid Blyton

    Product Code: AKICP
    Paperback 9 years +
    Head off on an incredible journey with Enid Blyton's The Circus of Adventure.

    Why did Bill have to bring the babyish Gustavus with them on holiday? Jack knows he'll only be trouble ...But when Gustavus is kidnapped, along with Philip, Dinah and Lucy-Ann, Jack and Kiki the parrot bravely set out to rescue them, leading them to a faraway land and the discovery of a plot to kill the King!

    A classic story from the author of the Famous Five, Secret Seven and Faraway Tree stories.
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  • Mary Poppins

    PL Travers

    Product Code: AHAXP
    Paperback 9 years +
    The Banks children, Jane and Michael, change nannies just about as often as most people change their clothes. It's not that they're naughty, exactly - just awkward. Everyone in the household is at their wits' end with them - until Mary Poppins arrives...The Classic tale from P.L Travers. This, the first book about Mary Poppins, will be familiar to everyone who has seen the film. For it is in this book that Jane and Michael draw up their advertisement for a nanny, and Mary Poppins appears out of the sky with her parrot-headed umbrella which talks. She is strict but fair, slides happily up the banisters, and takes the children on the most extraordinary outings - to a funfair inside a pavement picture; to uncle Andrew who sails up to the ceiling when he laughs - which she firmly denies afterwards. Needless to say, the children are devastated when she leaves, but by then, they and their parents are far more of a family than they ever were before Mary Poppins appeared.
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  • Pippi Longstocking

    Astrid Lindgren

    Product Code: AATRR
    Paperback 6 years +
    This beautiful edition of the children's classic Pippi Longstocking is illustrated throughout with wonderful collage pictures from the award-winning Lauren Child. The contemporary design, imaginative layout of the text, and stunning illustrations from Lauren Child all add up to a perfect gift purchase. When the book published in hardback, it gathered many wonderful reviews, including this one from Books for Keeps: 'Lauren Child is the perfect choice to illustrate this handsome, large format edition of Pippi ...her unmistakeable illustrative style helps to bring a modern feel to the book.' Pippi lives in Villa Villekulla with a horse, a monkey, and a big suitcase full of gold coins. The grown-ups in her village try to make Pippi behave in ways that they think a little girl should, but Pippi has other ideas. She would much rather spend her days arranging wild, exciting adventures to enjoy with her neighbours, Tommy and Annika, or entertaining everyone she meets with her outrageous stories. Pippi thinks nothing of wrestling a circus strongman, dancing a polka with burglars, or tugging a bull's tail and her wildly unconventional lifestyle is matched by Lauren's free-spirited illustrations.
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  • Bridge to Terabithia

    Katherine Paterson

    Product Code: AOHWL
    Paperback 9 years +
    Jess Aarons wants to be the fastest boy in the class, but when a girl named Leslie Burke moves into the neighbouring farm his life changes forever. Even though she runs faster than him, Jess begins to think Leslie might be okay - she's clever and funny and not a bit soppy. And it is Leslie who invents Terabithia, the secret country on an island across the creek where he can escape his troublesome family. The only way to reach Terabithia is by rope-swing where Jess and Leslie become King and Queen, defeating giants, sharing stories and dreams, and plotting against their enemies. They are invincible - until tragedy strikes. It is more dreadful than anything Jess had ever dreamed of, but as he struggles to cope with his grief and anger, he finds that his family value him more than he'd thought and that, still King, he could even save Terabithia for the future.
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  • More Wishing-Chair Stories

    Enid Blyton

    Product Code: BOJCS
    Paperback 7 years +
    A classic fantasy story from the world's best-loved children's author, Enid Blyton with stunning new cover by Mark Beech. Be whisked away by these magical Wishing-Chair adventures. Mollie and Peter are home for Half-Term, and their magic Wishing-Chair is ready to whisk them away to magical lands! They'll meet brownies, visit the Land of Wishes and even find gold at the end of the rainbow. But best of all, will be helping a certain jolly somebody deliver presents for Christmas! Ho, ho, ho . . . Short chapters and beautiful illustrations make the Wishing-Chair stories perfect bedtime reading for children aged six and upwards. A richly nostalgic offering for grandparents and parents to share with the next generation of Blyton fans. Have you collected all the Wishing-Chair series? Look out for The Adventures of the Wishing-Chair and The Wishing-Chair Again. 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. Her fantasy books, including The Adventures of the Wishing-Chair, 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. 'Her books were terrific page-turners in the way no others were' - Michael Morpurgo, author of War Horse.
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  • Five Get into a Fix

    Enid Blyton

    Product Code: AXJOZ
    Paperback 7 years +
    Julian, Dick, Anne, George and Timmy the dog find excitement and adventure wherever they go in Enid Blyton's most popular series. In book seventeen, the Famous Five are skiing and having lots of fun. But who is living in the mysterious house near their chalet? The caretaker claims it's been deserted for years, but the Five are sure they've seen a face at the window. A terrified, and haunted face. Have the gang got the courage to find out?
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  • The Sea of Adventure

    Enid Blyton

    Product Code: AKICW
    Paperback
    A mysterious trip to the desolate Northern Isles soon turns into a terrifying adventure when Bill is kidnapped! Marooned far from the mainland on a deserted coast, Philip, Dinah, Lucy-Ann, Jack and Kiki the parrot find themselves playing a dangerous game with an unknown enemy. Will they escape with Bill and their lives?
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  • Joe and the Magic Snowman

    Enid Blyton

    Product Code: BKNVX
    Paperback 7 years +
    The tenth classic tale from Enid Blyton's magical Faraway Tree series, with exciting new full-colour illustrations from Alex Paterson - perfect for newly independent readers aged 7-9! When Joe is whisked up to the Land of Ice and Snow, he meets a rather bossy snowman, who is determined to make Joe his servant! Can Moon-Face, Frannie and Beth rescue Joe, with the help of their new friends, Goldilocks and the Three Bears? The Magic Faraway Tree has been entertaining readers for more than 75 years. Now these colour short stories offer a great way for a whole host of new younger readers to discover the adventures of Silky, Moon-Face, the Saucepan Man and all of their friends in the Enchanted Wood. `This should be on every child's bookshelf' - Junior Design Awards on 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 the Amelia Jane series, remain timeless classics across the world.
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  • The Castle of Adventure

    Enid Blyton

    Product Code: APPDT
    Paperback 9 years +
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    Why is everyone so afraid of the castle on the hill, and what dark secrets lurk inside its walls? Philip, Dinah, Lucy-Ann, Jack and Kiki the parrot are on holiday in the countryside, staying on the side of Castle Hill. When flashing lights are seen in a distant tower, they decide to investigate - and discover a very sinister plot concealed within its hidden rooms and gloomy underground passages.
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  • Robin Hood

    Aaron Shepard

    Product Code: ARJWH
    Paperback
    Classic stories retold in exciting graphic novel format. Each title includes high-quality artwork, simple text, discussion questions and writing prompts.
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  • The River of Adventure

    Enid Blyton

    Product Code: AKICX
    Paperback 9 years +
    From Enid Blyton - the popular author who brought us the Famous Five, Secret Seven and even Noddy - The River of Adventure follows Philip, Dinah, Lucy-Ann, Jack and Kiki the parrot as they search for Bill, who has recently disappeared.

    Going missing on a river cruise through an ancient desert, the friends find themselves trapped beneath a forgotten temple where no one has set foot for 7,000 years while they search for their friend. Will they find him? Will they escape?
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  • The Ship of Adventure

    Enid Blyton

    Product Code: AKICR
    Paperback 9 years +
    With gorgeous cover artwork from picture-book artist Rebecca Cobb, this edition of The Ship of Adventure - the sixth book in Enid Blyton's Adventure series - is a great read for fans of the Famous Five and the Secret Seven.

    Philip, Dinah, Lucy-Ann, Jack and Kiki the parrot head off on a voyage around the Greek islands but it's not long before it becomes a search for the lost treasure of the Andra - and some ruthless villains are hot on their trail.

    Will they find the treasure?
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  • Heads or Tails?

    Bernadette Kelly

    Product Code: AGZZL
    Paperback 8 years +
    A horse-tail thief is on the prowl in Ridgeview. All over town, horse tails are disappearing. No horse is safe. Determined to protect her horse, Bobby, Annie Boyd is on the hunt for the criminal. But when she gets involved in the mystery, is she putting Bobby in danger?
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  • Famous Five Colour Reads: Happy Christmas, Five!

    Enid Blyton

    Product Code: ALIDF
    Paperback 7 years +
    It is Christmas Eve, and the Famous Five are very excited about their mountain of presents - even Timmy! But when Timmy barks furiously he is sent outside, leaving a thief free to steal all the presents. Can Timmy still manage to save the day? In addition to the 21 novels in the Famous Five series, Enid Blyton wrote a clutch of short stories based on the characters. These were published in magazines and were collected in the Famous Five Short Story Collection (Hodder). For the first time, the complete text of Happy Christmas, Five! appears in an individual volume, illustrated in full colour.
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  • The Island of Adventure

    Enid Blyton

    Product Code: APPDU
    Paperback 9 years +
    For Philip, Dinah, Lucy-Ann, Jack and Kiki the parrot, the summer holidays in Cornwall are everything they'd hoped for. Until they begin to realize that something very sinister is taking place on the mysterious Isle of Gloom - where a dangerous adventure awaits them in the abandoned copper mines and secret tunnels beneath the sea.
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  • A Christmas Carol

    Charles Dickens

    Product Code: AIGVR
    Paperback 9 years +
    Ebenezer Scrooge is a miserly and mean-spirited old man. He treats family, coworkers, and strangers alike with distaste. But on Christmas Eve he receives a visit from the ghost of his dead business partner, Jacob Marley. Marley warns Scrooge that unless he learns to be less greedy and self-serving that Scrooge will be condemned to wander Earth weighed down with heavy chains, as Marley has been. Marley tells Scrooge that three spirits will visit him. First, the Ghost of Christmas Past visits and shows Scrooge his own Christmases past, including the Christmas when his fiance left him for being obsessed with money. Second, the Ghost of Christmas Present shows Scrooge all the happiness occurring at the various Christmas festivities around the city. Finally, The Ghost of Christmas Yet to Come shows Scrooge what will happen after his own death, and Scrooge is horrified to find that everyone will celebrate it. Distraught, Scrooge begs for another chance, and suddenly wakes in his own bed. Forever after he honours the spirit of Christmas with kindness, generosity and warmth.
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  • The Highwayman

    Alfred Noyes

    Product Code: AHRDV
    Paperback 7 years +
    The road was a ribbon of moonlight over the purple moor, And the highwayman came riding- Riding-riding- The highwayman came riding, up to the old inn-door. In Alfred Noyes's thrilling poem, charged with drama and tension, we ride with the highwayman and recoil from the terrible fate that befalls him and his sweetheart Bess, the landlord's daughter. The vivid imagery of the writing is matched by Charles Keeping's haunting illustrations which won him the Kate Greenaway Medal. This new edition features rescanned artwork to capture the breath-taking detail of Keeping's illustrations and a striking new cover.
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  • Treasure Island

    Robert Louis Stevenson

    Product Code: ARJWI
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    Presenting Robert Louis Stevenson's swashbuckling classic adventure - brought vividly to life in graphic novel form! Simple text is combined with exciting artwork to help less confident readers enjoy some of the best stories ever told! Bonus end matter including oral discussion questions, ideas for creative writing and author and illustrator profiles help to deepen understanding and enjoyment. Reading age: 8-10 years; Interest age: 8-14 years. British English.
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  • 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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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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