Children's Fiction

Short Stories for Kids

  • CF0148 9 years +
    9 years +
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    This is a treasury of 27 short stories by Enid Blyton that are ideal for the summer months and are perfect for children aged 7 and over to read on their own.

    Full of magic and adventure, they sum up the joys of visiting the seaside and capture the fun of the fair. They have titles including The Enchanted Toadstool, The Galloping Seahorse and A Story of Magic Strawberries.
  • WWN2 9 years +
    David Walliams
    9 years +
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    The World's Worst Children are back in this selection of short stories from the one and only David Walliams.

    Illustrated in full colour by Tony Ross, this book introduces beastly boys and gruesome girls and this time around they're ruder, more disgusting and worse than you could ever imagine! You'll be delightfully horrified by the antics of Gruesome Griselda and Fussy Frankie.

    Presented in beautiful hardback, these ten stories even feature a special cameo from the fan favourite, Raj!
  • CSEI 9 years +
    Eva Ibbotson
    9 years +
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    A collection of three wonderfully festive stories from Eva Ibbotson, the bestselling author of Journey to the River Sea. With a beautiful cover by Joe Wilson and inside illustrations, The Christmas Star is a wonderful gift to treasure at Christmas and all year round.

    In Vicky and the Christmas Angel, a young Viennese girl discovers who really brings the children's presents at Christmas; in The Christmas Star we meet a family who encounter a fortune teller at the local Christmas market who changes their lives; and The Great Carp Ferdinand is a story about a hero with a difference: a carp intended for the family Christmas dinner.

    Suitable for children aged 9 and over, these stories provide a more mature look at the festive season and contain themes that some may feel are unsuitable.
  • WPZ2 5 years +
    A. A. Milne
    5 years +
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    Journey to Hundred Acre Wood with this quality reprint of A.A. Milne's classic stories that have been pored over for generations. Featuring the wonderful original colour illustrations from E.H. Shepard, this enjoyable collection of Winnie-the-Pooh stories is a must-have for every child's - and grown-up's - bookshelf.

    Beautifully presented, this charming book includes the timeless adventures of Pooh Bear and his much-loved friends, and this collectable edition of tales sees the Bear for All Ages get into a tight place, nearly catch a Woozle, and discover the wrong sort of honey - amongst many other things!

    A gift that is sure to be cherished by any young reader.
  • TAI2 5 years +
    Julia Donaldson
    5 years +
    (1)
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    Children's books superstar Julia Donaldson retells a trio of charming tales from across the world, in a stunning first independent read.

    A king hides a terrible secret under his crown... a marvellous dream inspires an epic journey... a clever girl outwits the king. Told in hyper-readable language and with full-colour illustrations, these stories are an ideal first step for children embarking on a lifelong journey through the wonders of books and stories.

    An appealing book especially designed with spaced text and cream pages for those who struggle with reading (including dyslexic children), the Little Gems book comes with beautiful illustrations from Peter Bailey.
  • WCE2 9 years +
    David Walliams
    9 years +
    (1)
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    Written by David Walliams - an author who is proven to know just what kind of buttons to press to get kids giggling - The World's Worst Children introduces a delightfully dreadful cast of characters!

    Presented in full colour, the book features five beastly boys and five gruesome girls including Sofia Sofa, a girl who loves TV and is so stuck to the sofa she's turning into one, and Dribbling Drew, a boy whose drool gets him into trouble on a school trip.

    A collection of wickedly funny short stories, there's even a special appearance from Raj - a character who has appeared in all of David Walliams' bestselling novels. The tales are accompanied by Tony Ross' hilarious illustrations.
  • BRX2 7 years +
    Enid Blyton
    7 years +
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    If you've never read these timeless tales of Brer Rabbit, you're in for a treat!

    Brer Rabbit is a mischievous character who loves to play tricks on his pals but occasionally gets his comeuppance.

    A great collection of stories that showcase Enid Blyton's classic storytelling charm perfectly.
  • RVY2 5 years +
    Roald Dahl
    5 years +
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    Roald Dahl dispenses with the usual happily ever after endings in the retelling of six famous fairy tales in Revolting Rhymes.

    Cinderella decides not to marry her prince when he reveals a surprisingly callous streak, Snow White befriends seven jockeys who are compulsive gamblers and Goldilocks proves to be a real hoodlum!

    This hilarious collection will have readers aged five and above in stitches. Colour illustrations throughout.
  • SF62 5 years +
    5 years +
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    The Puffin Book of Stories for Six-Year-Olds is a fabulous collection with stories from favourite children's authors including Geraldine McCaughrean, Philippa Pearce, Penelope Lively and Catherine Storr. With an assortment that includes folk tales and ranges from Pandora's Box to How Trouble Made the Monkey Eat Pepper, there's something for everyone in this book.

    This children's book has been hand-picked for you by Red House.
  • ANMGP 5 years +
    Terry Pratchett
    5 years +
    (1)
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    Focus on a planet revolving in space ...Focus in on a small country in the northern hemisphere - Great Britain. Closer, closer ...and on the western edge of London you can see the county of Buckinghamshire. Small villages and winding country roads. And if you could go back in time to the mid nineteen-sixties, you might spot a young lad on a motorbike coming down one such lane, notebook and pen in his jacket pocket. This is me. A junior reporter for the Bucks Free Press, where I began writing stories for young readers that were published every week in the newspaper. The stories in this collection are a selection of those. There are wizards and mayors, carpet people and a monster in a lake, along with plenty of pointy hats. And some of these stories even spawned my later novels. The deluxe slipcase edition is fully illustrated and includes: special foreword by Terry Pratchett; two bonus stories; critical commentaries to accompany each story; limited-edition colour print; and, additional content.
  • SF82 8 years +
    8 years +
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    This entertaining assortment of stories from well-known children's authors will appeal to youngsters wanting to read independently and those who like to be read to. The collection includes contributions from Joan Aiken, Michael Rosen, Anita Desai, Geraldine McCaughrean and Ursula Moray Williams. Combining magic, mystery and tales both old and new, this book is an ideal gift for children aged 7+.

    This children's book has been hand-picked for you by Red House.
  • AFFMG Toddlers
    Sam Taplin
    Toddlers
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    This brand new collection of original stories by Sam Taplin is perfect for sharing at bedtime. There are eleven stories in the book, all featuring endearing animal characters and beautifully illustrated by Ag Jatkowska. The stories are gently humorous and very cosy, as we follow the adventures of Mouse as she tries to find a happy feeling for her friend Badger, Little Tiger's efforts to learn to swim, and Dog's quest to find out who is flying the yellow balloon on the other side of the hill.
  • AAEAN 3 years +
    3 years +
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    Everyone has their favourite Harry story and here they all are in this roaringly good collection at this amazingly good price! This superb collection features Harry and the Snow King, Harry and the Bucketful of Dinosaurs, Harry and the Robots, Romp in the Swamp and Harry and the Dinosuars say 'Raaah!' Read about how Harry first found his beloved dinosaurs, their adventures together in the scary swamp and discover just how brave they all are when they visit the dentist. There are even two stories just about Harry.
  • AEAUA 6 years +
    6 years +
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    This is a beautifully illustrated collection of over twenty stories of excitement, magic and humour. It includes well-known classics such as "The Little Mermaid", "Treasure Island" and "The Princess and the Pea" along with some original tales such as "The Bed Monster's Secret" and "The Pesky Parrot". Each story is brought to life with vivid illustrations. With a ribbon marker, this beautiful hardback book makes a gorgeous gift.
  • AARWK 5 years +
    5 years +
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    Thrilling tales filled with magic and fun are packed into this delightful hardback from Usborne that is perfect for young children. Illustrated Stories for Bedtime includes beautiful, colourful drawings that bring each of the eight tales in this anthology to life, while the easy-to-follow text means that children will enjoy reading along. The perfect length for bedtime reading, these magical stories feature Princes, dragons, sorcerers and crocodiles and are leave children spellbound!

  • AMCOB 7 years +
    Kevin Crossley-Holland
    7 years +
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    In this collection of very short stories, none of the stories is more than two pages long, and some are much shorter. There are stories about ghosts, supermarkets, animals, adventures, and all kinds of things. Kevin Crossley-Holland is an established writer who has produced a number of books for OUP, and this is a short and sharp collection of funny, intriguing, and scary stories.
  • ABPSC
    Nicola Baxter
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    This is a timeless collection of 145 delightful bedtime stories, fully illustrated with colourful and engaging drawings. The short stories are the perfect length for reading aloud, with accessible language and lively pictures that will keep small children entertained. It includes four chapters each featuring a different cast of cute animal characters: Teddy Bear Tales, Farmyard Tales, Kitten Tales and Bedtime Tales. The small chunky format is easy to handle, and for little children to hold themselves. There is something for everyone in this classic collection of stories, full of cute kittens, busy bears, animal antics and lots of cheeky children. In Five Minute Teddy Bear Tales, the little town of Bearborough is home to baby bears and granny bears, opera-singing bears, and trampolining bears! In Five Minute Farmyard Tales, little pig gets lost (and found) and everyone enjoys Farmer Barnes' pie contest! When a mother has five little kittens to take care of in Five Minute Kitten Tales, she certainly has her paws full! Finally, the collection of Five Minute Bedtime Tales is an enchanting selection of sleepytime stories with silly rabbits, noisy elves, and lots of surprises. Charmingly illustrated throughout, children and parents alike will enjoy sharing these sleepytime stories, and the useful index of favourite themes makes it easy to choose the perfect story to bring each busy day to a cuddly close.
  • AMIVV
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    Striking and eloquent stories that tell of the absurd violence of war, and tenderly depict the animals and children caught in its vortex A whale falls in love with a military submarine, and dies courting her; a mother caught in a fire following a bombing gives all her body's water to save her son, and her desiccated form turns into a kite; a wolf rescues a sick child abandoned by her parents, only to die himself at the hand of men. However, bunkers can also become real homes, a small Japanese girl and an American POW briefly understand each other and a miraculous tree feeds starving children...This is war, no doubt, but told by someone who understands how children truly experience war and its aftermath - the bombings and parents' deaths, the life of orphans who roam the streets, the starvation and blind violence in a society beyond destruction. Akiyuki Nosaka remembers what it was like to be a child caught in war-torn Japan in 1945, and he retells his experiences in this collection of powerful and beautifully expressive stories for children. Akiyuki Nosaka's adoptive parents were killed in the Allied firebombing of Kobe, Japan in 1945, and at age fourteen he fled with his younger sister to an evacuation camp, where she starved to death. This experience led him to write the award-winning Grave of the Fireflies, later made into an internationally acclaimed animated film, as well as The Whale That Fell in Love with a Submarine. Nosaka is well known in Japan as an essayist, lyricist, singer, politician and TV presenter. He has written nearly one hundred works of fiction and non-fiction, and continues to write columns for newspapers and magazines to this day.
  • AKTOA
    Michael Morpurgo
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    Since the beginning of time, strange and mysterious things have happened here...At the furthest edge of Britain, where the sea gently washes over the land and myths brush against reality, lies Zennor. These are unforgettable tales where magic lies around every corner. This haunting collection of short stories by War Horse author Michael Morpurgo includes magical illustrations by award-winning illustrator Michael Foreman.
  • APHLJ 7 years +
    Emma Chichester Clark
    7 years +
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    Enid Blyton was a storyteller who effortlessly transported readers to the enchanted lands of her imagination. In Blyton's world, carpets could grant wishes, rabbits rode on underground railways and magic doors and rabbit-holes took adventurous children into strange new worlds. This collection, compiled by renowned Blyton experts Norman Wright and Mary Cadogan, combs the Blyton archive to select extracts from popular works such as The Magic Faraway Tree as well as forgotten tales from the hundreds of magazines Enid wrote and edited in the 40s and 50s. The book is divided into six chapters, such as 'Wizards and Witches', 'Animal Magic', 'Extraordinary Objects' and Greedy Magic'. Renowned illustrator Emma Chichester Clark, who illustrated the cover for the 70th anniversary edition of Five Runaway Together has provided atmospheric black and white drawings and eight full-colour plates.
  • ATADR
    Terry Pratchett
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    Poor Mr Swimble is having a bad day. Rabbits are bouncing out of his hat, pigeons are flying out of his jacket and every time he points his finger, something magically appears - cheese sandwiches, socks ...even a small yellow elephant on wheels! It's becoming a real nuisance - and he's allergic to rabbits. His friends at the Magic Rectangle can't help, but the mysterious vacuum cleaner he saw that morning may have something to do with it ...Fourteen fantastically funny stories from master storyteller Sir Terry Pratchett, full of food fights, pirates, wizards and crooks! "Arresting stuff! So funny it's criminal!".(PC Gorsebush Jones).
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    Roald Dahl - the grand master of the short story - turns his pen to anything, twisting everyday life into powerful, and sometimes terrifying fantasies. Seven superb stories, full of Roald Dahl's usual magic, mystery and suspense: meet the boy who can talk to animals, the man who can see with his eyes closed, and find out about the treasure, buried deep underground on Thistley Green. 'The absolute master of the twist in the tale' - The Times These bizarre and unexpected tales will appeal to older readers who like the darker side of Dahl. Teens will also enjoy Skin and The Great Automatic Grammatizator, short stories also by Roald Dahl.
  • APNZC 7 years +
    Lesley Sims
    7 years +
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    A gorgeous gift for young children, this beautiful treasury of Usborne "Young Reading" and "First Reading" titles will delight and entertain with its collection of classic animal stories. This title contains twelve classic animal stories from around the world. Each story is bursting with colourful and lively illustrations. Usborne's "Young Reading" and "First Reading" series are developed in conjunction with experts from Roehampton University and are designed to encourage independent reading. Each story has clear, engaging text and is accompanied by original illustrations.
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    Toon Tellegen
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    'Under an old tree, in a bleak and distant corner of the woods, they came across the mammoth. "Who's that?" whispered the squirrel. "The mammoth," whispered the ant, who even knew the names of animals that didn't exist.' These enchanting stories of friendship, memory, dancing and cake conjure up a world of imagination where anything can happen. Perfectly complemented by Jessica Ahlberg's delicate illustrations, these charming stories will captivate readers of all ages. 'The thoughtful and unusual stories have a lightness of touch making these poetic parables a delight for anyone lucky enough to read them.' -- The Bookseller