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'Each of the carefully selected titles has earned its place on each publisher’s list because it has inspired previous generations to become passionate readers. The stories have already been passed down from one generation to another and been the starting point for many other stories. All these classics selected by Lovereading4kids are the perfect way of reading the old and the new - and loving both.  More titles will be added over time so you can come back again and again and indulge yourself and your children in whichever format suits you best at the time.’

CHOOSE YOUR COLLECTION BY FORMAT:

Hardback - Egmont Heritage, Oxford

Paperback (small format) - Faber, Vintage, Puffin

Paperback (large format) - Walker

Egmont Heritage Children’s Classics:
Egmont Heritage
A great read is forever – The Egmont Heritage list includes some of the most highly acclaimed and bestselling children’s books of all time. Published in beautiful, high-quality hardback editions, with cloth quarter binding, head and tail bands and ribbon, the Egmont Heritage range will build into a library of some of the most famous titles in children’s literature.

Faber Classics:  Faber and Faber are one of the last great independent publishing houses in London.  This is a new collection of Faber Classics, beautifully presented and illustrated by some of our best loved, award winning illustrators.  Perfect to complete any child's bookshelf.

Vintage Children’s Classics:

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The publisher Vintage has produced adult classics for many years so it was long overdue that they publish a range of children's classics. So, after talking to children and parents they have produced a beautiful, timeless and irresistible range of classic reads with stunning cover designs that will entice you to open them.  Discover more about this classics range complete with exclusive extra material including quizzes, activities and fascinating facts at a special website that Vintage has created called World of Stories.

Oxford Children’s Classics:

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If you love a good story, then look no further.  Oxford Children’s Classics bring together the most unforgettable stories ever told.  They’re books to treasure and return to again and again.  With beautifully illustrated covers and tactile small hardback format, these books make the perfect gift and build into a gorgeous classics library the whole family can enjoy.  These unabridged editions are durable and competitively priced, ensuring that they will continue to bring pleasure to all who read them for many years to come.

Puffin Children’s Classics:

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Enjoy some of the best books from the past and find out why and how they inspired some of the best writers of the present.  Attractively produced with striking jackets designed by some of today’s best illustrators each book has an introduction by a living author.

The Walker Books Illustrated Paperback Classics:

This series brings together some of the best-loved stories ever told, illustrated by some of today's finest artists. These exquisitely designed books, with their magnificent words and glorious pictures throughout, are a pleasure to read - and re-read.  The classics have never looked so good.




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Our selection of classics is a perfect marriage of the old and the new. Whichever format you want - Hardback, Paperback or ebook we have selected a range of publishers including Egmont, Faber, Vintage, Oxford and Puffin. So, if you love a good story then look no further and choose the format and publisher that suits you best or why not buy into one of the sets and give as a gift for that special occasion.

Egmont Heritage Classics


The Secret Garden
The Secret Garden
Frances Hodgson Burnett
One of the best loved stories in children’s literature, The Secret Garden brings nature alive in the story of how Mary Lennox, a lonely, unhappy and spoilt child is transformed by finding her way into a hidden garden. Brought to...
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The Little Prince
The Little Prince
Antoine De Saint-Exupery
A world wide best-seller, The Little Prince was originally published over seventy years ago but it remains as original, imaginative and entertaining as ever. The Little Prince’s plane crashes as he travels from an asteroid far, far away. On his...
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The Helen Oxenbury Nursery Collection
The Helen Oxenbury Nursery Collection
Helen Oxenbury
A perfect introduction to the wonderful world of rhymes and stories and the delight they bring. Helen Oxenbury’s gentle but witty illustrations make the perfect match for simple traditional rhymes before moving on to longer traditional tales such as The...
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Just So Stories
Just So Stories
Rudyard Kipling
Rudyard Kipling’s classic stories are beautifully presented in this highly attractive edition enhanced with eight stunning colour illustrations by Chris Riddell as well as by Kipling’s own illustrations – including his most famous one of The Elephant’s Child. Kipling’s versions...
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Grimm's Fairy Tales
Grimm's Fairy Tales
Brothers Grimm
Twenty of the Brothers Grimm best-loved tales including Snowdrop, a version of the Snow White story, and Rumpelstiltskin are retold on this beautiful edition which is richly illustrated by Arthur Rackham who brings out darkness, magic and overwhelming love –...
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Fairy Tales from Many Lands
Fairy Tales from Many Lands
Arthur Rackham
Arthur Rackham’s detailed and richly atmospheric illustrations bring these wonderful fairy stories from across the world to life. Originally published in 1916 under the title The Allies Fairy Book, the stories retold here were gathered from the eleven countries fighting...
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The Ghost of Thomas Kempe
The Ghost of Thomas Kempe
Penelope Lively
The Ghost of Thomas Kempe is a timeless and haunting story, critically acclaimed, this Carnegie award winning novel also made it into The Independent’s ‘Top Ten Ghost Stories of all time’.  Penelope Lively is the only author to have won...
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Kensuke's Kingdom
Kensuke's Kingdom
Michael Morpurgo
Awarding winning storyteller Michael Morpurgo spins a spellbinding yarn of survival in modern classic. Michael and his dog Stella Artois are swept overboard from their parents’ ship and swept up onto the shore of a nearby island. Michael puts all...
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The Enchanted Wood
The Enchanted Wood
Enid Blyton
This beautiful new deluxe edition is the perfect gift for any Blyton fan: for seasoned readers and for a new audience. A funny, magical adventure that will delight children again and again.  It is of course the first book in...
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The Animals of Farthing Wood
The Animals of Farthing Wood
Colin Dann
First published as a series of shorter books, The Animals of Farthing Wood has been enthralling readers for over 30 years and has never fallen out of print.  The animals must unite in adversity for this is a story about...
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My Friend Flicka
My Friend Flicka
Mary O'Hara
Set amidst the tough Wyoming ranchlands, this coming of age novel is the perfect gift for horse lovers of all ages.  When Ken is given a horse of his own, he thinks his dreams have come true. But Flicka is...
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The Wind in the Willows
The Wind in the Willows
Kenneth Grahame
Kenneth Grahame’s classic story of friendship and the countryside is at its best when published with the original illustrations by E.H Shepherd. The story tells of the mostly peaceful life of close friends Mole, Rat, Toad and Badger who do...
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The Velveteen Rabbit
The Velveteen Rabbit
Margery Williams
One of the best-loved stories about what makes a child’s toy ‘real’ and how becoming real is the dearest wish of all toys in the nursery. When the handsome Velveteen Rabbit, with his spotted brown and white coat and ears...
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The One Hundred and One Dalmatians
The One Hundred and One Dalmatians
Dodie Smith
Cruella De Vil, the wicked woman who steals a litter of Dalmations puppies so that she can make herself a very special fur coat is one of the most feared villains of children’s fiction. The One Hundred and One Dalmations...
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The Little House on the Prairie
The Little House on the Prairie
Laura Ingalls Wilder
A classic story of childhood, Little House on the Prairie tells how Laura and Mary, their little sister Baby Carrie and their Pa and Ma pack up their home in Wisconsin and set out for the wide open prairie where...
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The Box of Delights
The Box of Delights
John Masefield
A timeless fantasy classic adventure packed full of winter magic. It is just before Christmas when Kay is given a magic box by an old man who runs the local Punch and Judy show. Kay soon discovers that the box...
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Tales from Grimm
Tales from Grimm
Antonia Barber
Nine of Jacob and Wilhelm Grimm’s best-known stories are retold with great fluency in this beautifully produced edition which is perfectly designed to be read aloud. Favourites, which include The Frog Prince, Hansel and Gretel, Rapunzel and Snow White among...
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National Velvet
National Velvet
Enid Bagnold
A classic story which captures the magic of owning a horse and the breathless excitement of racing it. Velvet Brown is horse mad and when she wins a strange piebald horse in a raffle, she knows that he is something...
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Classic Tales of Rupert
Classic Tales of Rupert
Alfred Bestall
This is a beautifully bound gift edition of two classic tales featuring the famous bear. This edition contains two classic Alfred Bestall stories: Rupert & The Mare's Nest and Rupert & The Lost Cuckoo.
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Classic Tales of Oscar Wilde
Classic Tales of Oscar Wilde
Oscar Wilde
The Happy Prince, The Nightingale and The Selfish Giant are just three of Oscar Wilde’s magical short stories. These, with a further two tales, are included in this handsomely produced edition with stunning illustrations originally painted for the stories in...
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Classic Tales of Babar
Classic Tales of Babar
Jean De Brunhoff
Babar - Celebrating 80 years! A very welcome return to two classic stories about Babar, a baby elephant born in the Great Forest who flees to the city after his mother is shot by cruel hunters. Here he is adopted...
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