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 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 Lesson to Remember – Patsy Collins
Adam’s granddad showed him a way to get the bicycle he wanted. PC Marks instructed him in riding it safely. Looking after it was a lesson Adam had to learn for himself.
Adam had almost forgotten about his rush to get to school on time. He often forgot things and sometimes this got him into trouble. “Mum, I’ve just remembered, my tyre was slightly soft yesterday,” he’d said at breakfast. “Did you pump it up?” she’d asked him. “No, I forgot.” “You’d better do it now, hurry up or you’ll be late,” Mum said as she helped him with his tie. Adam cycled extra fast all the way. He just got to assembly on time.
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?
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 Shaggy Dog Tail – Pat Boulton
975 words Children 8 – 11 / Teens
Mikey didn’t have any friends at school, they all laughed at him for being a SWOT, and a NERD. However, a visitor arrived at his back door, and they soon became best friends. The first time he saw the boys from school, with his new friend, they became jealous.
Mikey turned off the computer, threw all his textbooks on the floor, and flopped heavily onto his bed. ‘SWOT’, that’s what they all called him. He hated the way his friends made fun of him, Soon, they would be sitting their GCSE’S, but – did that worry his friends, NO –WAY, (friends -that’s a laugh). They never included him when they went out. The only time they wanted to know him, was if they needed help with their homework, because they were too lazy to do it.
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.
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.
Acting Like a Teenager – Theresa Van Meter
800 word Romance
Karen is independent and wants to stay that way. She’s searching for a home that could easily be modified to aging-in-place standards. She finds a house that could meet her needs. She also meets a man that her daughter claims has her, “acting like a teenager.”
I pulled the rental car beside a white utility van with the red letters, J & J Remodeling. I opened the car’s door and I was greeted with the sweet scent of roses from the well-tended landscape. A man wearing brown coveralls walked around the van toward me. He smiled and his eyes crinkled. His smile was contagious and I smiled, too. I held out my hand, “Hi, my name is Karen Davis.”
Adam’s First Case – Patsy Collins
Nine year old Adam, police deputy in training, has a very important task. As well as catching the burglar and keeping his parents’ secret he must save the magic of Christmas.
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Adam adjusted the focus of his binoculars. He’d promised community police officer PC Marks that he would carry out observations, because of the recent burglaries in the area. Adam is an unofficial deputy and in training for when he’s old enough to join the force. It was already dark outside, and Adam had been on stake-out since tea time. He could see people in the garden, but they weren’t burglars. It was his mum and dad. He went to see what they were doing.
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.
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.
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.