A Christmas Coat-Astrophe – Joan Zambelli
850 words Children 3 -7
Father Christmas’s special thick red coat was now a peculiar pink colour, and only half its original size. It was much too cold for him to be out on his sleigh on Christmas Eve without his thick coat, but children everywhere were waiting excitedly for him to deliver their Christmas presents…
This story is included in the collection Read It Again
It would soon be Christmas, so Mother Christmas was busy getting ready for that most wonderful time of year. “I must make sure Father Christmas’s special red coat is spotlessly clean,” she murmured to herself. So she quickly put it into the washing machine. Then off she went to put up even more Christmas decorations.
A Christmas Squeak – Michelle Barber
500 words Children 0 – 5 years
It’s Christmas Eve and Will is getting ready for Father Christmas to come but there is a strange squeak all through the house. Is it Santa’s sleigh which is stuck or is it something else? Join Will to find the Christmas Squeak.
Will crayoned a picture of Daddy to put at the dinner table so that he would know where to sit on the next day which was Christmas. He had done Mummy and both Grannies and Grandpa’s and was just about to start on one for Gordon, his teddy bear, when he looked over to the window.
A Dog Called Cat – Tracey Glasspool
1040 words Children 3 – 7 years
Digger is in the doghouse. He has eaten the sausages, chewed dad’s slippers and tiddled on the kitchen floor. Digger decides that being a dog isn’t much fun anymore – but what should he be instead?
Digger the dog sat in the garden. His ears drooped, his tail drooped, even his whiskers drooped. “Outside!” Mum had shouted. “You are a very naughty dog!” Digger hadn’t meant to eat the sausages that had been left out for tea. He hadn’t meant to chew Dad’s favourite slippers. And he really hadn’t meant to tiddle on Mum’s clean kitchen floor. “I don’t want to be a dog anymore,” he said. He padded off, thinking about what he could be instead.
A Fishy Father’s Day – Maria Deitrick
500 words Children 4 – 6 years
When Molly gives her dad a homemade coupon book for Father’s Day, she can’t wait for him to use the Buddy For a Day coupon. The problem is Molly hates fishing, which is exactly what her dad wants to use his coupon for. Molly’s attitude and events make the day horrible, until she realizes how her behavior affects her dad.
“Come on, Dad, just open it,” Molly squeaked. She couldn’t wait for him to open the Father’s Day present she made him. “I’m trying, but you wrapped it too good, Molly,” Dad teased. When he finally got it open, Molly dove right in to show him everything.
A New Home and a New Friend – Joan Zambelli
660 words Children aged 3 – 7
Susie loves her cat, Rusty. Sadly, cats aren’t allowed in the flat they are moving to. If Rusty goes to live miles away with Auntie Laura, Susie will hardly ever see her. One day, on her way to school, Susie reads a notice on a tree-trunk, but how can this help her?
This story is available in the collection Home Sweet Home
Susie could hear her mummy and daddy talking about the new flat. “Susie will love having a bigger bedroom,” Daddy said. “She’ll be nearer her school, too,” Mummy said. All Susie could think about, was the fact that they couldn’t take Rusty, her cat, with them.
A Stinky Encounter – Brenda Havens
690 words Children 4 – 7 years
What does a dog do when a furry, stripy critter tries to enter his yard? He attacks, of course. This didn’t go well for Sunny. Come on into the yard, to see what happened.
A Tale of Two Tails – Pat Boulton
500 words Children 2 – 5 years
Sue and Sam were twin cats, who lived with Mrs Bumble. They were usually well behaved, but one day they decided to go on an adventure through a hole in the fence to explore the next door neighbour’s garden.
This story is included in the collection Bedtime Stories to Remember
Sue and Sam, the twin cats, lived with their owner Mrs Bumble, in a lovely country cottage. They had very thick white fur, with a few black blobs dotted over their backs. The only way anyone could tell them apart was by their tails.
Amy and the Special Book – Lorna Broomfield-Carradus
2200 words Children 4 – 8 years
Amy is a sweet child who loves her Uncle Derek. But she hates to share. Then one day she falls into Auntie Sally’s very special book that should only be shared with friends, not read alone…
Amy was a pretty little child with lots of pretty little plaits through her black curls. She had a mischievous grin and a twinkle in her eye. She also had a favourite Uncle, Uncle Derek. Uncle Derek didn’t have plaits in his hair, but he did have a mischievous grin and a twinkle in his eye too. Amy loved her Uncle Derek, and Uncle Derek loved his Amy. When she visited Uncle Derek and Auntie Sally she would spend hours and hours playing. Although they always had lots of fun together, little Amy had a problem. She didn’t like sharing.
An Angel Called Charlie – Lorna Broomfield-Carradus
1040 words Children 4 – 8 years
Charlie tends to a beautiful garden in heaven. When God asks him to take care of a dying park on earth Charlie jumps at the chance to try out his gift of gardening in an imperfect park. But is Charlie’s gift of growing flowers as important as the angel who save people’s lives every day?
Charlie was a gentle old angel with a wonderful gift. He could grow the most beautiful plants and flowers. The colours of Charlie’s flowers were dazzling. The scent of each rose and tulip and pansy was heavenly. His lilies were taller than any other in heaven, and even his little daisies and buttercups were perfect in every way. One day God was walking through heaven when He came across Charlie tending his little patch of heaven. “Charlie, my lad!” God said, putting His arm around Charlie. “I couldn’t help noticing the truly wonderful job you are doing here.”
Annie’s Angel – Susan Howe
1900 words Children 3 – 7 years
Annie was thrilled with her new angel, but the little doll wasn’t happy at all.
Annie’s tummy bubbled and fizzed with Christmas fever as she stood behind the thick living room curtains, watching her father struggle through the snow with an enormous tree under one arm and a long red box under the other. ‘Oooh, I can’t wait,’ she whispered, and her breath made little patches of mist on the glass as she hopped from one foot to the other. Each day was more thrilling than the last as Christmas approached. There were cakes to ice, puddings to stir and presents to wrap, and Annie had a special job that nobody else could do.
Baby Duckling’s Bad Day – Pat Boulton
690 words Children 2 – 5 years
The little baby duckling was tired of swimming up and down the stream each day, and felt like doing something different, such as going on an adventure. He saw a rowing boat, and decided he would like to go on the little boat to see all the sights, but getting into the boat was harder than he thought.
Baby Duckling sat on the bank by the river, tears running down to his little yellow beak, his soft white feathers shaking in the breeze. Mother Duck came waddling out of the river, shaking her feathers, as she plodded over to her baby duckling, who was looking so unhappy.
Bedtime Stories to Remember – Patricia Boulton
Come and meet Tommy’s yellow tractor and Snowy Rabbit’s friends. Enjoy the big red balloon with the smiley face and help cure Toto’s hiccups. Bedtime Stories to Remember brings together 12 of Patricia Boulton’s best loved stories for children aged between 3 and 6. These stories will build memories to share for years to come. We never forget our favourite bedtime stories and these will be stories to treasure as time goes by.
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Ben the Blue Engine – Pat Boulton
550 words Children 2 – 5 years
Ben loved his job picking up the passengers each day. But one day, he went right to his journey end, and not one passenger got into the carriages behind him. When he found out why, he couldn’t believe what a silly engine he had been.
Ben the blue engine wearily hooked on the blue carriages that followed behind him. With a chuff, chuff, puff, puff, the engine puffed away, ready for his days’ work. “I seem to be so tired today, I can’t think why.” It was not like Ben to start his day this way.
Bertie Bunnie and the Birthday Present – Michelle Barber
500 words Children 3 – 5 years
Bertie Bunny has been invited to Katie Kitten’s birthday party but he cannot find a present to give to a kitten. Will Bertie Bunny find a present in time for the party?
Bertie Bunny is reading his comic when he hears a plop and a squeak. A plop and a squeak mean that the post has arrived. Bertie goes back to reading his comic. He never gets any letters.
Blackbird and Owl – Tracey Glasspool
800 words Children 0 – 5 years
Blackbird wonders what happens when the sun goes down. When he flies off to find out he makes a new friend in Owl. But Blackbird loves the day and Owl loves the night …. how can the two friends be together?
Blackbird was a bird of the day. He loved sunshine and rainbows, butterflies and sunflowers, green leaves and cotton-wool clouds. He loved singing with the other birds and swooping through the brilliant blue skies. But Blackbird couldn’t help wondering what happened when he went to sleep. Sometimes, just as he was settling into his nest with heavy, half-closed eyes, he caught glimpses of the deep, dark night and of shadowy, fluttery shapes.
Blue’s Christmas Eve Adventure – Maggie Jones
1700 words Christmas / Children’s Fiction
It’s Christmas Eve and Blue the teddy bear is the only toy left on the shelf again. He isn’t a new and trendy toy, so no one wants him! All he’s ever wanted is to be loved and have adventures with his new owner. When the shop shuts, and everyone goes home, Blue comes to life. He hears a noise; someone is coming down the chimney. Will he at long last get to have an adventure?
This story is included in the collection Read It Again
Christmas Eve at the toy shop had been a very busy one. Right up until the last minute mums and dads had been rushing in to buy their children the must have new toy on the market. Some fighting over the last few remaining ones, until at the end of the day, all that was left on the shelf was the tattiest blue teddy bear anyone had ever seen. But for Blue, he’d unfortunately had his day. A few years ago he had been the most popular toy out in the shops, but not now. Since then he’d seen other new toys come and go, but sadly not him. All he’d ever wanted was to be bought so he could be loved by someone and have adventures with his new owner, but that hadn’t happened.
Bobby’s Big Red Bouncy Ball – Pat Boulton
600 words Children 2 – 5 years
Bobby was so happy when he was given a Big Round Bouncy Ball, which his auntie brought him back from her seaside holiday. It was such a bouncy ball that it kept bouncing nearly as high as the sky, when it bounced so high it stuck in the big oak tree, he thought he would never be able to play with his ball again.
Little Bobby’s face beamed, as his Auntie Kate handed him a big red bouncy ball. His Auntie Kate, had been to the seaside for a holiday, and brought the big red bouncy ball home for Bobby. “Thank you, thank you,” Bobby said, as he put his arms up to hug his auntie.
Bonnie the Laughing Rabbit – Pat Boulton
All the animals that lived in the wood, were getting tired of hearing Bonnie the rabbit constantly laughing. Every time she saw one of them she would laugh, and laugh and laugh.
Not one of the animals could get to the bottom of it. Even Bonnie’s rabbit family could not understand why she was constantly laughing. So all the animals decided to gather round for a meeting. Perhaps one of them might come up with a reason for Bonnie’s behaviour.
Bonnie the rabbit had lots of brothers and sisters, as well as all the other animals in the wood, who were her friends. She was a very happy rabbit, and would laugh all the time even if there wasn’t anything particular to laugh at. Although all the other rabbits and animals in the wood were happy, they found Bonnie’s laughing rather a nuisance at times.
Book a Bedtime Story – Michelle Barber
500 words Children 3 – 6 years
Twins, Fairy Bliss and Fairy Slumber run a Book a Bedtime Story business. The only problem is that every time Slumber goes to read one of her customers a bedtime story – it is she that falls asleep instead. Why can’t Slumber stay awake and what happens when she gets called by Joyce the Giant?
“I’m so tired.” Fairy Slumber yawned. She kneaded the mossy clumps which made her bed up but it was still lumpy. “If only we could get some comfortable beds.” Her twin, Fairy Bliss perched at her desk and opened the folder which held their jobs for that evening.
Bruno Bear’s Adventure – Pat Boulton
650 words Children 2 – 5 years
Bruno the toy bear was bored just staying in the nursery all the time and wanted to go on an adventure. At first none of the toys in the nursery wanted to go with him, but in the end Peter Rabbit said he would go. They crept out of the house through the cat flap, and had a lovely time, before it was time to go back to the nursery.
Bruno the big brown furry bear marched up and down the nursery. He was huffing and puffing, and sometimes made a growling sound. “Whatever is the matter with you Bruno? You are waking all the toys up. For goodness sake stop marching up and down and making all those odd noises.”
But Not My Gran – Greta Yorke
1000 words Children 4 – 7 years
Having an unusual gran means life is seldom dull but what happened on a trip to the seaside was unbelievable even for her!
This story is included in the collection Read It Again
Most grans walk to visit you, or come by bus or car, but not my gran oh no! She zoomed up on her silver scooter. She had come to take me to the beach for a picnic. I put on my helmet and off we went. It was great whizzing along behind Gran. We drove out of town, through the lumpy bumpy countryside and on to the splishy splashy sea.
Charlie the Carthorse – Pat Boulton
950 words Children 3 – 7 years
Charlie was a huge brown carthorse. His job everyday was to pull all sorts of heavy loads in the cart. One day they were carrying bales of hay to the village fete for people to sit on and watch the events in the arena. After all the hay had been unloaded, they watched the events. Charlie watched with longing when he saw one of the events where elegant well groomed horses, and their riders, were entertaining the people.
CLIP-CLOP, CLIP-CLOP, Charlie the Carthorse sounded weary as he clip-clopped along the dusty road. He was a huge brown horse; his thick brown mane almost covered his big brown eyes. The horseshoes, which were nailed onto his massive hooves, were hidden under the long white fur draped like boots over his shins. Charlie had always enjoyed being a working carthorse, pulling carts along every day. Some days he would be loaded with logs, or coal. In fact, Charlie would pull anything that his master had been paid to carry in the cart.
Daddy’s Whiskers – Richard Smith
900 words Children 3 – 5 years
Michael loves his daddy’s bushy beard. The whiskery nest is brown, with splashes of grey, and it twines and twists down to his daddy’s chest, till the day a stranger steps out of the bathroom. Michael’s daddy has shaved it off and Michael no longer recognizes him. A face-chilling and heart-warming story about a young boy coming to terms with change.
Michael’s daddy had a brown bushy beard that twined and twisted down to his chest. He was often humming through his whiskers in a low rumbly mumble. Michael loved his daddy’s beard with its little splashes of grey. He loved hiding his hands in the whiskery nest and rolling the springy curls between his fingers. Every morning after breakfast Michael would follow his daddy into the bathroom and together they’d brush their teeth. Michael hummed like a happy little bumble-bee while his daddy hummed a low rumbly mumble behind him.
Daisy the Little Calf – Pat Boulton
580 words Children 2 – 5 years
Daisy the little calf loved all the attention; she had from the boys and girls who came to visit the farm. One day she had a dream that she went to live with them, and had all the attention and lots of fun every day. But, alas, she soon found out it was only a dream.
“OH look, Mummy!” called Emily. “Come to the fence and look at this beautiful, fluffy white baby cow.” Emily’s mummy came and stood next to her. “She’s certainly, the smallest and prettiest baby cow, I’ve ever seen.”
Daniel’s Fun Day at the Garden Centre – Pat Boulton
670 words Children 2 – 5 years
Daniel wasn’t happy when his mummy told him they were going to spend the day at a garden centre. He would rather play with his dinosaurs. But when they arrived, he was told there were animals, and other fun things. He and his baby sister Emily had a fun day.
“I don’t want to go to the Garden Centre,” Daniel was busy playing with his toy dinosaurs. He knew all the names of the dinosaurs, and he played imaginary games with them, which kept him happy for a long time. “I’m sure you will like going to this Garden Centre,” his mummy said.