Whether your child is still enjoying being read from a storybook at bedtime or doing their own independent reading, short stories for kids are great to get them familiar with books and reading without committing to a whole novel. Plus, kids' short stories allow readers to go on a new adventure every few pages which means there's no time to get bored! On our website we have a fantastic range of children's short stories that will go down a storm with your budding bookworms. We have fairy tales, funny stories and exciting titles that will entertain even the most reluctant readers. We've picked out our very favourite kids' short story books for you to choose from here.
Sam Taplin | Toddlers
This book of 11 bedtime stories is perfect for little ones who love being read to. Each story features fun animal characters on funny and sweet adventures. In these tales, Little Tiger learns to swim and Dog tries to find the yellow balloon across the hill. And, if your toddlers like to read along, they will love looking at Ag Jatkowska's lovely illustrations.
Elli Woollard |3+
Just So Stories by Rudyard Kipling is a children's classic that kids have been reading for generations. This collection, reworked by Elli Woollard and illustrated by Marta Altes, features the stories of how the camel got his hump, how the elephant got his trunk and how the whale came to have such a small throat. The rhyming nature of each tale makes the book even more enjoyable to share with your child and if you want to give them an easy bedtime treat, you can play the accompanying audio CD narrated by Lenny Henry.
Julia Donaldson | 5+
Julia Donaldson is known for her captivating picture books for toddlers but in this collection of three 'Once upon a time' stories, she's turned her hand to writing for newly independent readers. The exciting stories feature kings, crowns, epic journeys and clever heroes to encourage young readers to dive in and explore new fantasy worlds at their own pace. The book has spaced text and cream pages to make reading as easy as possible for those with reading difficulties like dyslexia.
Francesca Simon | 5+
This hardback book features 20 terrific Horrid Henry adventure stories for your kids to enjoy. In these short stories, Henry ruins a dinner party, causes disruption at a wedding and, most excitingly of all, has a run-in with pirates! If your children love reading Horrid Henry's silly exploits then this book filled with stories and activities is a must.
Roald Dahl | 5+
If you think you know how the fairy tales usually go, think again! Roald Dahl has retold the stories of six famous fairy stories in some rivetingly revolting rhymes. Cinderella decides she won't marry the prince after all once she finds out he isn't quite as charming as she thought and Snow White's seven friends have some bad habits! These hilarious reads are just the thing for some silly bedtime reading fun.
If you need some quick reads to entertain your 5-year-old then this 3-book collection featuring Magical, Funny and Animal stories for 5-year-olds is the ideal thing. The stories are written by many popular children's book authors, including the likes of Malorie Blackman, Tony Ross, Dick King-Smith and Alf Proysen. These stories are great to read together or for them to take on on their own.
Enid Blyton | 7+
Enid Blyton's charming stories about the mischievous Brer Rabbit are wonderful for readers who want some quick and fun reads. As the cheeky Brer Rabbit plays silly tricks on his friends so you'll be laughing along with his unusual escapades. Check out this Enid classic to be floored by her wonderful storytelling style.
This 3-book collection has books that are age appropriate for your 7-year-old bookworms. There are Scary Stories, Funny Stories and Animal Stories for them to read written by a range of amazing authors including Dick King-Smith, Philippa Gregory, Jacqueline Wilson and Michael Rosen. These short stories are great for holding the attention of reluctant readers and cover a variety of topics.
David Walliams | 9+
This collection of silly stories tells the tales of ten delightfully dreadful children. From Sofia Sofa who watches TV so much she's turning into her sofa to Dribbling Drew whose drool is about to disrupt his school trip to Blubbering Bertha who can't stop crying and telling tales, these brilliant stories are must-reads for David Walliams fans. Illustrated in full colour by Tony Ross, this book is a hilarious treat for every child's imaginations.
Avi | 9+
Avi's interesting collection tells the stories of various boys' and their relationships with their fathers, stepfathers and grandfathers. Luke starts seeing the ghost of his father, Paul spends time with the grandfather he barely knows and Ryan asks his stepfather some interesting questions. This is an important book to help children understand their own family situation and that of others.
These 10 excellent short story books for kids are a must for your children's bookshelves. If you've got a reluctant reader who finds novels don't really hold their attention or a short trip coming up then a children's short story book is the perfect thing.