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…
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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 Collie and a Rooster Can be Friends – Vivienne Holmes
1000 words Children 5 – 7 years
Aura, the Border Collie, is settling in well on Joe Flynn’s farm and thinks she is going to be very happy there. Unfortunately, her happiness doesn’t last long when she comes face to face with Eric, the Flynn’s huge, bullying rooster.
It was Aura’s first day as Joe Flynn’s new sheepdog. She was feeling nervous and wanted to do well. Even though Joe and his wife Maggie were kind to her she still felt shy. That morning, she and Joe had been out to look at his sheep. Aura had moved them from one field to another for him. She was quick and obedient with a calm air about her. She didn’t frighten and scatter the sheep and Joe was pleased with her. Aura was feeling very happy with Joe’s praise as she explored the yard of her new home.
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 Fine Big Chick – Vivienne Holmes
900 words Children 5 – 8 years
Mrs Wagtail loves to boast. When her only son Ciaran is born she bores all the other birds with details of how big and advanced he is. She is in for a shock when she discovers her fine son is in fact a cuckoo.
“Mrs Wagtail is a very silly bird,” Rosie the Robin complained to her husband. “What has she done now?” asked Henry Robin. “She is such a snob. She is always boasting. She thinks she is better than the other birds. She says her nest is bigger. It is better built than ours. Now, she says her chick has hatched already, before everyone else.”
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 Life of Riley – Joan Zambelli
825 words Children 6 – 10 years
Since the cats moved out, the mice down in the palace cellar lived ‘a life of Riley’ – which is more than can be said for lazy King Casper and kind Queen Veronica! Astonishingly, it took Ricardo and his ‘special pizzas’ to change the situation.
King Casper and Queen Veronica lived in a grand palace at the top of a very steep hill. Lazy King Casper was so bad tempered, that all the palace staff had left years ago. Even the palace cats had moved out, so the mice down in the cellar lived a ‘life of Riley’! Poor Queen Veronica had to clean all the one-hundred-and-one rooms, including the very large State Rooms, Banqueting Hall and Ballroom. By evening, she was tired out!
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?
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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 Thief is Caught – Holly Stevens
2580 words Children 6 – 8 years
Trevor and his friends return to the farm determined to catch the egg thief who is stealing from Mr. Digger.
Some boys hide around the farm watching the various visitors whilst others search for clues.
They soon decide on their suspect, but how do they catch him in the act?
The six boys all huddled together in the barn and listened out for adults. Joshua Drey, who was on lookout, ran over to join them. “It’s all clear. Jack’s just driven into the wheat field. He’ll be at least an hour before he returns.” “Right role call!” said Trevor importantly, as the whole meeting and plan was his idea “There’s me, Trevor Sharp representing the hedgehogs, Billy Digger for the badgers, Batty Hill moles, Freddy Rivet frogs, Tommy Twitcher field mice, and Joshua and Joe Drey squirrels.
A Topsy-Turvy Tale – Joan Zambelli
810 words Children 6 – 10 years
Mr Mortimer, the piano-tuner, soon realised that all was not as it should be in Mrs Topsy-Turvy’s cottage. He wondered if he would ever finish tuning her piano, especially when all the notes began to fall off from the rather unusual piano keyboard!
As soon as Mr Mortimer, the piano tuner, stepped into the music room at Mrs Topy-Turvy’s Cottage to tune her piano, he immediately had a strange feeling that all was not as it should be! Not only were all the pictures hanging upside-down on the walls, but the mirrors had been put up back to front so nobody could see themselves. Ornaments had been placed upside-down on the shelves, too.
A Very Exciting Day at the Dog Show – Vivienne Holmes
1000 words Children 5 – 8 years
Shadow the collie and his friend Millie, a rescue dog, are competing in the children’s dog show. Their owners are mortified when Shadow causes havoc at the show, but happily, Millie learns a valuable lesson about herself.
“Mum, can we enter Shadow and Millie in the Children’s Dog Show?” asked Ella. “Please, please,” begged Jack, her little brother. “I’m not sure about Millie, you know how nervous she is,” said Mum. “What is a dog show?” Millie asked Shadow later. “It’s a big party for dogs. We enter competitions to show how good looking or clever we are.” “Oh, I couldn’t do that,” said Millie alarmed, “I would be too scared.” “You might win a prize,” said Shadow kindly.
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.”
Andy’s Strange Tale – Pam Ramage
660 words Children 5 – 8 years
Andy is wakened one night by a tap-tap-tap at his window. He can’t believe his eyes when he draws back the curtain and sees a strange little creature sitting on the windowsill.
“Can you help me?” he asks Andy..
Tap-tap-tap! Tap-tap-tap-tap! Rubbing his eyes, Andy sat up in bed and listened. His bed lamp was still on. He must have fallen asleep reading his new space book. There it was again. Tap-tap-tap! Tap-tap-tap! It was over by the window. Slowly padding over, Andy peeped through the curtains. “What on earth….!” he drew in his breath. An odd little creature was standing on the windowsill.
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.
As Different as Chalk from Cheese – Joan Zambelli
800 words Children 6 – 10
Mrs Uncertain could never make up her mind about anything. But her friend, Mrs Certain, knew exactly what she would be doing each day of the week. See what happens when they change roles…
Although Mrs Certain and Mrs Uncertain were the best of friends, in some ways they were as different as chalk from cheese. You see, Mrs Uncertain could never make her mind up about anything. She couldn’t even decide what to eat for her breakfast each morning. “Shall I have toast, or cornflakes?” she would ask herself.
Barney’s Winter Present – Pam Ramage
650 words Children 5 – 8 years
Barney, the little brown stoat has a huge problem. It’s beginning to snow & he has no cosy winter home to sleep in. He thinks his coat is beginning to turn white because he is worrying so much. “What am I going to do?” he cries.
Barney, the little brown stoat who lived in the highlands of Scotland, was very worried indeed. It was getting colder and colder. All the other animals had made cosy winter homes. Badger had dug a deep burrow with his powerful claws. Red Squirrel, after hiding his nuts, was having a nap in his tree-house. Hedgehog slept soundly under a pile of autumn leaves, snug and warm.
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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Bellamy Bell – Helena Sheridan
540 words Children 5 – 7 years
Bellamy Bell was very excited because soon he would ring in the New Year, until a bigger, louder bell called Belvedere, came along and changed everything.
No-one was ever late in the town of Dingaling Dell because standing in the middle of the square was a charming clock tower and inside the tower was a tiny bell called Bellamy. Bellamy had a very important job.
Black Bear Mountain – Gerard Taylor Wallace
780 words Children 5 – 8 years
Two lucky butterflies learn a lesson and count their lucky stars, as they remember Black Bear Mountain.
Her name was Gentle Rain; this was because her wings were silver and blue. They had little circles that looked like raindrops; this was quite rare for a butterfly’s wings. Her favorite trees to fly near to were the tall green pines that grew at the top of Black Bear Mountain. She was warned many times though, of the winds and storms that would come there.
Blue’s Adventures – Maggie Jones
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40,000 words Children 6 – 9 years
It is Christmas Eve night, when Mr Christmas goes to the toyshop where Blue bear has been patiently waiting over the years for someone to buy him. Blue thought he would never be bought. He so wanted to be loved and have lots of adventures.
However, on that night Mr Christmas leaves him at the bottom of Jack Foster’s hospital bed and Blue bear’s adventures begin…
Follow Blue’s Adventures with Jack and his family, as they go tobogganing, ride a steam train and as Blue helps Jack to learn. Join them in the Easter Egg Hunt and solving a murder mystery, in Godshill, Isle of Wight, where Jack and his family live.
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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?
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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.
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.
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!
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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.
Carla the Little Red Hen – Pat St Pierre
One day Betsey found that her pet chicken, Carla, had lost all her feather. Carla was shivering from the cold. Betsey didn’t know what to do.
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Betsey lived on a farm. She didn’t have a pet of her own but she wanted one. One day Betsey asked her dad, “May I have a farm animal for my very own?” “Well,” said her dad. “Do you think that you’ll be able to take care of it by yourself?” “Yes, I think I can,” said Betsey. “I want to keep a baby chick for my pet.”