Children’s short stories

For when time is short, or when children want to first start reading on their own, arm them with short stories to build their skills, confidence and love of literature. Classics like The Happy Prince and Other Stories by Oscar Wilde, Hans Christian Andersen’s short stories (retold by Naomi Lewis) and Tales of the Greek Heroes by Roger Lancelyn Green will bring adventure and magic into children’s reading. Doctor Who fans will love Dave Rudden’s The Wintertime Paradox collection while R J Palacio heads back into the world of Wonder for the Auggie & Me stories. From the familiar to the new, short stories will whet children’s appetite’s for more fictional adventures.

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Extract: The Ocean of Story by Nazneen Ahmed


The Ocean of Story by Nazneen Ahmed

Celebrate Puffin’s 80th birthday with this extract from The Puffin Book of Big Dreams, a new short story by The Ocean of Story by Nazneen Ahmed.

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An illustration from the story Tamasha and the Troll showing Tamasha in a tree and the troll running away


Ladybird Tales of Adventurous Girls: Tamasha and the Troll

Read an extract of Tamasha and the Troll, one of the six stories in Ladybird Tales of Adventurous Girls. Perfect for bedtime, this empowering tale shows that girls can be the heroes of any story.

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