Short Stories for Children

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Children's short stories make the perfect bedtime reading. Quick, easy and chocked full of fun - they're perfect for when you want to get your little one's down a bit quicker. Our range of short story books for kids has everything from tales about fairies, monsters and their favourite animals. Just use the filters below to find your kids next short story.

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The new children’s book from No. 1 bestselling author David Walliams – a timeless adventure illustrated by artistic genius, Tony Ross. On a volcanic island, in the middle of shark-infested waters, stands The Cruel School. The lessons are appalling, the school dinners are revolting and the teachers are terrifying – especially the mysterious Science teacher Doctor Doktur. When Larker is sent to the school, she quickly realises something very odd is going on… something involving Doctor Doktur, a pair of strange spectacles, and a ‘Monsterfication Machine’. And ultimately she finds herself face to face with a real life Megamonster. There seems to be no escape – but for Larker, nothing is impossible… Product Information: • ISBN: 9780008487591 • Author: David Walliams, Tony Ross • Publisher: HarperCollinsChildren’sBooks • Format: Hardback • Pages: 384 • Dimensions: 22.2 x 14.1 x 3.3 cm

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'My name is August. I won't describe what I look like. Whatever you're thinking, it's probably worse. Auggie wants to be an ordinary ten-year-old. He does ordinary things - eating ice cream, playing on his Xbox. He feels ordinary - inside. But ordinary kids don't make other ordinary kids run away screaming in playgrounds. Ordinary kids aren't stared at wherever they go. Born with a terrible facial abnormality, Auggie has been home-schooled by his parents his whole life. Now, for the first time, he's being sent to a real school - and he's dreading it. All he wants is to be accepted - but can he convince his new classmates that he's just like them, underneath it all? ‘Remarkable . . . It has the power to move hearts and change minds’ ― Guardian Product Information: • ISBN: 9780552565974 • Author: R J Palacio • Publisher: Corgi Childrens • Format: Paperback • Pages: 316 • Dimensions: 19.8 x 12.9 x 2 cm

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Be warned! Awful animals lurk inside… Get ready to meet a ludicrously laugh-out-loud collection of pets, brought to you by the phenomenal Number One bestselling author David Walliams, with every story illustrated in vibrant colour by Adam Stower. These ten tales of the world’s craziest creatures will have you shaking with laughter. You’ll never look at pets in the same way again! Marvel at Houdini, the magician’s rabbit. Take a trip around the world with Zoom, the supersonic tortoise. Gasp at the chaos created by Griselda, a grizzly bear with a big secret. And RUN FOR YOUR LIVES! It’s Furp, the monstrous goldfish! Good pets, bad pets, supervillain pets, pets as big as a house and pets that could eat you in one gulp – these are the most hilarious and horrendous animals around. Product Information: • ISBN: 9780008305802 • Author: David Walliams, Adam Stower • Publisher: HarperCollinsChildren’sBooks • Format: Hardback • Pages: 312 • Dimensions: 20.6 x 15.9 x 2.6 cm

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Jamie has lots of friends – lots of friends with different kinds of families. Kate’s got two dads, Hannah has a foster mum. And Jade’s got her very own butler! This funny, heart-warming picture book celebrates different kinds of families and the special bonds between them. Product Information: • ISBN: 9781788817318 • Author: Stephanie Stansbie • Publisher: Little Tiger Press • Format: Paperback • Pages: 32 • Dimensions: 26 x 23 x 0.6cm

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Come on a fantastic adventure to the moon and deep into space! This exciting book is full of amazing astronauts and super space vehicles. Discover a different vehicle on each page, from rockets and moon buggies, to robot rovers, satellites and more. Product Information: • ISBN: 9781408368312 • Author: Margaret Mayo • Publisher: Orchard Books • Format: Paperback • Pages: 32 • Dimensions: 25.4 x 24.79 x 0.3cm

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One day, Mr Rabbit finds a smooth, speckly, perfect thing in the woods, and takes it back to his neat, tidy burrow. But this perfect thing is not quite what he thinks... Suddenly, CRACK! out hatches an icky, sticky duckling!  Mr Rabbit does not want something icky and sticky in his lovely burrow, but the little duckling has other ideas... Product Information: • ISBN: 9781848951334 • Author: Steve Smallman • Publisher: Little Tiger Press • Format: Paperback • Pages: 32 • Dimensions: 26.01 x 27.99 x 0.41cm

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Meet Rick. While all his doggy friends love to run and chase a stick, Rick just doesn't enjoy the silly game at all. He thinks he must be the only dog in the world who feels this way and wishes he wasn't so different... But when Rick meets a duck who doesn't like swimming, a mouse who is allergic to cheese, and other new friends with differences of their own, he begins to understand that he doesn't have to be the same as all of the other dogs. It's great to be unique! Product Information: • ISBN: 9781800223547 • Author: Igloo Books • Publisher: Igloo Books • Format: Paperback • Pages: 24 • Dimensions: 25.1 x 25 x 0.7cm

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What do Bees really do and why are they so important? Find out in this book, perfect for beginner readers. Simple words and engaging images help build children's reading confidence and enjoyment. Bees are good at buzzing, but what else can they do? Tom is learning all about it. Simple words and engaging images help build children's reading confidence and enjoyment. Includes quiz questions and sight word practice to reinforce learning. Product Information: • ISBN: 9781800589759 • Author: Make Believe Ideas • Publisher: Make Believe Ideas • Format: Paperback • Pages: 32 • Dimensions: 18.3 x 13.1 cm • Suitable for: Year 1

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Big Digger ABC has lively, rhythmic text which is perfect for reading aloud and colourful illustrations which bring each mega machine to life in glorious detail. With one vehicle for every letter from A to Z, this is an exciting introduction to the alphabet and the perfect picture book for machine-mad little ones. Product Information: • ISBN: 9781408368329 • Author: Margaret Mayo • Publisher: Orchard Books • Format: Paperback • Pages: 32 • Dimensions: 27.5 x 25 x 0.4cm

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Captain Marvel is brave. Moon Girl has big dreams. Hawkeye likes new challenges and Black Panther protects people. Super Heroes come from different worlds, but what unites them all is fighting for good. DK's Marvel We Are Super Heroes introduces children to cool, inspirational characters with different backgrounds and personalities, from Miles Morales to America Chavez. Children will learn more about their favourite heroes, get to know new heroes, and discover the similarities with themselves. Celebrate who you are and find out what it takes to be a hero! Product Information: • ISBN: 9780241408919 • Author: Emma Grange • Publisher: DK Children • Format: Paperback • Pages: 32 • Dimensions: 27.6 x 22.9 x 0.4 cm

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5 . . . 4 . . . 3 . . . 2 . . . 1 . . . Lift Off! My brother's famous bottom is going into space! Well, a video of it, anyway. And the best news is that the whole family gets to go to America to see the launch! We're going to climb the Empire State Building, ride in a helicopter, and eat gherkins for breakfast. Who knows, maybe we'll even get to meet the President . . . Product Information: • ISBN: 9780241539002 • Author: Jeremy Strong • Publisher: Puffin • Format: Paperback • Pages: 160 • Dimensions: 19.8 x 12.9 x 0.9 cm5 . . . 4 . . . 3 . . . 2 . . . 1 . . . Lift Off! My brother's famous bottom is going into space! Well, a video of it, anyway. And the best news is that the whole family gets to go to America to see the launch! We're going to climb the Empire State Building, ride in a helicopter, and eat gherkins for breakfast. Who knows, maybe we'll even get to meet the President . . . Product Information: • ISBN: 9780241539002 • Author: Jeremy Strong • Publisher: Puffin • Format: Paperback • Pages: 160 • Dimensions: 19.8 x 12.9 x 0.9 cm

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When a boy goes to the zoo, he gets a wild surprise! What could it be? Simple words and engaging images help build children's reading confidence and enjoyment. Includes quiz questions and sight word practice to reinforce learning. Product Information: • ISBN: 9781800589483 • Author: Make Believe Ideas • Publisher: Make Believe Ideas • Format: Hardback • Pages: 32 • Dimensions: 18.3 x 13.1 cm • Suitable for: Reception

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A boy is at the beach. But what creatures does he see there? Simple words and engaging images help build children's reading confidence and enjoyment. Includes quiz questions and sight word practice to reinforce learning. Product Information: • ISBN: 9781800589278 • Author: Make Believe Ideas • Publisher: Make Believe Ideas • Format: Hardback • Pages: 32 • Dimensions: 18.3 x 13.1 cm • Suitable for: Reception

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Jake loves football and dreams of becoming a professional footballer. He's worried about his height though - what if he's too small for football?  But on the day of his trial Jake is quick on the ball and scores - he's made it! Jake can't wait to pull on his shirt and join the team.  But someone at the club wants to make his life difficult. Can Jake face up to the bullies and become man of the match again? Product Information: • ISBN: 9780141347134 • Format: Paperback • Publisher: Puffin • Author: Tom Palmer • Pages: 176 • Dimensions: 19.69 x 12.7 x 1.91 cm • The first book in the Football Academy series

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Laugh out loud with this heart-warming story about an adorable panda born with orange fur! Marmalade is the latest picture book from number-one bestselling children’s author David Walliams! One morning, deep in the forest, a beautiful baby panda was born. The panda was different to all the others, as he had bright orange fur. “I will call you Marmalade,” his mummy whispered. . . Meet Marmalade, the little panda who sets off to explore the forest one day and find where he belongs. Along the way, he meets all sorts of animals . . . until he sees he has come full circle and is back home with his mum, which is where he always did belong, of course! Illustrated by Adam Stower, this phenomenal children's book is a celebration of family love, being yourself and finding your place in the world. Marmalade is the perfect story to share with the whole family. Product Information: • ISBN: 9780008305758 • Author: David Walliams, Adam Stower • Publisher: HarperCollins Children’s Books • Format: Hardback • Pages: 32 • Dimensions: 27.6 x 27.6 x 0.5 cm

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In the junk shop at the end of the street is a dusty old ship in a bottle. And when the world isn't watching, a tiny pirate crew come out of the ship to explore. They aren't much bigger than a matchstick, but they have a HUGE appetite for adventure... When the skirting-board mice kidnap Jones, the ship's cat, and ransom him for cheese, the Pocket Pirates spring into action. But to get the cheese, they must venture to the freezing cold place where it's always winter ... The place called Fridge. Can the Pocket Pirates survive their perilous journey and get their ship's cat back ...? Product Information: • ISBN: 9781444923650 • Author: Chris Mould • Publisher: Hodder Children's Books • Format: Paperback • Pages: 144 • Dimensions: 19.8 x 14 x 1.2 cm

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Of Goldilocks you have heard tell - the bears, the porridge - you know it well. But do you know the rest, my friends? For this is how it really ends... Product Information: • ISBN: 9781408312193 • Author: Katie Dale, Matt Buckingham • Publisher: Orchard Books • Format: Paperback • Pages: 48 • Dimensions: 20.5 x 13.7 x 1.1 cm

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Little Unicorn dreams about having fun with her family. But is it just a dream? Simple words and engaging images help build children's reading confidence and enjoyment. Includes quiz questions and sight word practice to reinforce learning Product Information: • ISBN: 9781800589414 • Author: Make Believe Ideas • Publisher: Make Believe Ideas • Format: Paperback • Pages: 32 • Dimensions: 18.3 x 13.1 cm • Suitable for: Reception

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Sam J. Butterbiggins' only ambition is to be a Very Noble Knight, but he has a problem - he's been packed off to the castle next door to stay with his aunt and uncle while his parents are away. Not only does he have to put up with his annoying cousin Prune, there are also the weird creatures his aunt looks after in her Luxury Accommodation for Dragons, Griffins and other Regal Beasts to contend with! But when Godfrey the dragon gets stuck down a well, Sam and Prune have to work together to come to the rescue. Inside the well they make an incredible discovery - a scroll giving instructions on the six quests to be completed in order to become the perfect knight! Sam's ambition seems close at hand - if only Prune would stop getting in the way... Product Information: • ISBN: 9781444939170 • Author: Vivian French, David Melling • Publisher: Hodder Children's Books • Format: Paperback • Pages: 128 • Dimensions: 20.29 x 16.79 x 0.99 cm

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Stick Dog is back in his second hilarious and hugely illustrated adventure. This time he and his friends, Mutt, Stripes, Karen and Poo-Poo are determined to snaffle themselves a delicious snack from the hot dog stand. But they are going to need a plan… especially if they are to outwit their nemesis – a raccoon called Phyllis… With laugh-out-loud artwork, and an adorable four-legged hero, Stick Dog’s quest for a delicious dinner is destined to be Top Dog. Product Information: • ISBN: 9780007511495 • Author: Tom Watson • Publisher: Harpercollins • Format: Paperback • Pages: 224 • Dimensions: 19.48 x 13 x 1.45 cm

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