No catches, no fine print just unconditional book loving for your children with their favourites saved to their own digital bookshelf.
New members get entered into our monthly draw to win £100 to spend in your local bookshop plus lots lots more...Find out more
The Classics never go out of fashion. Find new editions of old favourites, plus some abridged and re-told tales in this section.
A timeless story about a young girl who wants to be sweet natured, good and easy to love. Somehow she never is. Instead, her dress is always torn, her hair is always a tangle and she doesn’t care whether she’s thought good or not. But then Katy has a terrible accident and has time to find out what really matters to her and to change. A trifle moral in parts, this is none-the-less a memorable story about a strong willed but likeable heroine. This edition is part of the Vintage Children's Classics series which is aimed at and shaped by 8-12 year olds, and the adults in their lives. It is a broad, affordable selection of books that will inspire a life-long love of reading; these stories that have secured a place in the hearts of thousands. They are all unabridged. To view all the Vintage Children's Classics titles click here. They are books to be given as gifts, and passed down the generations. In addition, story hungry children often don't want the adventure to end, so why not take a look at the fully interactive website - World of Stories - which contains lots of extra material - the backstory: with quizzes, activities and fascinating facts about the books and their authors.
Full of magic, adventure and wonder, these are the stories that feature the wonderful characters of Sinbad, Aladdin and Ali Baba and the Forty Thieves. The Arabian Nights have enchanted children and adults for centuries. Now, these stories are retold for a younger audience featuring animal characters and beautifully illustrated by Graham Percy. The tales within this lovely book are perfect for that final bedtime read. Each one lasts no more than 10 minutes.
Now younger children can discover the enchanting world of Rat, Mole, Badger and, of course, the irrepressible Toad as they have all sorts of adventures along the river bank. Perfect for reading to children aged 3+ at bedtime and containing some beautiful illustrations.
Caroline Lawrence, July 2012 Guest Editor: "When my brother and sister and I were 9, 10 and 11 – far too old to be read to, according to all accepted convention – my mother introduced us to Sherlock Holmes, and not just before bed. I’ll never forget one blistering summer afternoon in Bakersfield, California. We were sitting in the dim, cool garage as our mother read the Hound of the Baskervilles. Gradually kids from all over the neighborhood appeared and soon she had a captivated audience of kids in shorts and sneakers. As the asphalt bubbled outside, we were transported to the foggy moors of Devon where we shivered as we saw the footprints of a gigantic hound!" Also chosen by February 2010 Guest Editor Tim Bowler: "Another stunning thriller. I read this when I was twelve and it was my first Sherlock Holmes story. I've been a massive fan ever since. It's not just the double act of Holmes and Watson that makes these stories so compelling. It's the way Conan Doyle conveys evil. For all the quirkiness of the plots, the Holmes stories carry a relentless sense of menace; and nowhere is this greater than in The Hound of the Baskervilles with its dark mystery, its sinister characters and the bleak Dartmoor location, said to be haunted by a demonic hound." The LoveReading Comment: Sir Arthur Conan Doyle’s classic tale featuring the famous detective Sherlock Holmes and his erstwhile side-kick Dr Watson is an unforgettable and haunting tale that will have the reader on the edge of their seat until the discovery of the truth about the family curse. The mysterious hound that terrorises the Grimpen Mire is a truly terrifying creature. Holmes and Watson unravel the story that surrounds the death of Sir Charles Baskerville against the wild atmosphere of the Devon countryside. Just click here to view our range of Children’s Classics.
A charming and exquisite recreation of the miniature Sherlock Holmes story from the library of Queen Mary's famous Dolls' House, on display at Windsor Castle. Alongside the miniature book, which measures just 38.5 x 30 mm, the edition also contains an informative booklet with a transcript of the story and information about the Dolls' House. Queen Mary's Dolls' House is the largest and most famous of its kind in the world, and has a library containing miniature works by all the major writers and artists of the day.
Selma Lagerlöf’s story of Nils, the mischievous young boy shrunk to the size of a thumb when he gets on the wrong side of an elf, is a classic in Sweden and this much shortened version of his epic adventures will excite many young readers in this country. Nils and his animal friends are wonderful characters, no young reader will be able to resist Akka from Kebnekaise, the wild geese leader. Not only does the book contain 22 different episodes, perfect bedtime reading, but each is accompanied by striking, atmospheric illustrations and exquisite die-cut pages. There’s even a map at the very back so that readers can follow Nils’s journey around Sweden. An unusual and unusually beautiful book.
This lean but effective retelling of one of the greatest stories of all time is made even more lively thanks to numerous full colour illustrations. In vignettes and full page illustrations Sebastiaan Van Donnick brings to life the movers and shakers of the ancient world, men, gods and monsters, clearly relishing the chance to portray those scenes in which they are in direct combat. The sea too is a constant presence, as much a part of the story as Odysseus himself. It’s a really pleasing book for young readers and added extras including a colour map showing Odysseus’s journey and an illustrated list of dramatis personae further increase the appeal. ~ Andrea Reece
Full of mystery, bravery and romance, the legends surround King Arthur and his brave Knights of the Round Table are some of the most exciting and compelling stories of all time. They are freshly told in this collection with characters and scenes vividly illustrated by Natasha Kuricheva. The collection begins with The Sword in the Stone – the moment when the young boy Arthur pulls the sword from the stone and so announces himself as the rightful heir- and ends with Lancelot’s Return. In between there are scenes of dread, joy, terror and hope. A useful guide at the end helps to introduce the different characters.
What a treat for readers of all ages is this new collection of Saki’s masterly – and frequently macabre – short stories. An unhappy early life spent with cold and neurotic aunts in England while his father was away in India, must surely have given rise to the regiment of monstrous women who feature in these stories, and who suffer come-uppances that vary from the humiliating to the fatal. It’s delightfully gruesome and delivered in spell-binding style. Quentin Blake’s illustrations catch the light and the dark of the tales and almost quiver with energy, framing characters on the very edge of disaster. A must-have book.
A magical adventure right in the heart of the jungle, The Jungle Book tells how a little boy child grows up in the care of some of the mightiest beasts of the jungle. Saved from the jaws of the ferocious Shere Khan by Mother Wolf and Father Wolf who bring him up alongside their wolf cubs, Mowgli is welcomed in the pack by the mighty Akela. Little Mowgli learns the ways of the jungle through his teachers Baloo the Bear and Bagheera the Panther in a series of wonderful adventures that bring the mysteries of animal lore to light. Bestselling author Christopher Paolini has written a passionate introduction and recommends the book to all lovers of great fantasies. Just click here to view our range of Children’s Classics, then click on the Paperback tab to view all the Puffin Children’s Classics.
The sights and smells of the jungle spring vividly to life in Rudyard Kipling’s classic stories. Full of animal wisdom and lore, the three captivating stories in this collection tell of the early life of Mowgli, the little boy brought up by wolves deep in the heart of the Indian jungle. This edition is part of the Vintage Children's Classics series which is aimed at and shaped by 8-12 year olds, and the adults in their lives. It is a broad, affordable selection of books that will inspire a life-long love of reading; these stories that have secured a place in the hearts of thousands. They are all unabridged. To view all the Vintage Children's Classics titles click here. They are books to be given as gifts, and passed down the generations. In addition, story hungry children often don't want the adventure to end, so why not take a look at the fully interactive website - World of Stories - which contains lots of extra material - the backstory: with quizzes, activities and fascinating facts about the books and their authors.