Classic children's books we still love today!

Audiobooks are a lovely way to revisit your favourite classic children's books, as well as a fun way to share them with your grandchildren. These stories vary from full cast dramatisations to intimate readings (sometimes by celebrities), so listen up.

Ballet Shoes, by Noel Steatfeild

We loved this tale of three little girls, each with their own unique talents. Pauline, Petrova, and Posy Fossil are not really sisters and even their surname is invented since Great Uncle Matthew (GUM) adopted each of them on his various fossil-hunting trips. When the trio decide to "put our name in the history books because it's our very own", each Fossil discovers her own individual talent.

Treasure Island, by Robert Louis Stevenson

The very best in swashbuckling stories, we were always terrified of the sneaky Long John Silver and his dastardly gang of pirates. Join Jim Hawkins as he takes to the seas in search of adventure and buried treasure.

Alice in Wonderland, by Lewis Carroll

On an ordinary summer's afternoon, Alice tumbles down a hole - and an extraordinary adventure begins. In a strange world with even stranger characters, she meets a rabbit with a pocket watch, joins a Mad Hatter's tea party, and plays croquet with the Queen. We've never looked at playing cards in quite the same way again. Curiouser and curiouser...

Five Children and It, by Edith Nesbit

Curious to see if people on the other side of the globe walk upside down, Robert, Anthea, Cyril, Jane, and their baby brother start digging a hole to Australia. They don't get too far, however, before they dig up a furry brown creature with bat's ears. It is a Psammead, an ancient sand-fairy. The Sammyadd, as the children call it, grumpily tells them that he is obliged to grant their wishes, because making people's wishes come true is what Sandfairies do. However, there is one catch: The wishes come undone at sunset.

The Wind in the Willows, by Kenneth Grahame

Atimeless tale of waterside Britain that has been loved by generations of children. Meet Mole, Ratty, Badger, and Toad, and follow their escapades, whether messing about on the river or riding in Toad's caravan. As charming today as it ever was.

Famous Five: 19: Five Go to Demon's Rocks, by Enid Blyton

The Famous Five have heard the stories about treasure on Demon's Rocks - but they never thought they were really true, until they discover a very old and valuable gold coin... Who does the treasure belong to? The gang are determined to find out, but first they need to know who else is exploring Demon's Rocks for the treasure. Numerous Famous Five adventures are now available unabridged on Audible.

Malory Towers, by Enid Blyton

Darrell's life at boarding school Malory Towers is full of excitement - if only she can keep her terrible temper under control. Just who does new girl Daphne think she is? And is there really a thief at Malory Towers?  Girlish japes, midnight feasts and plenty of jolly hockey sticks action await. We begged our parents to send us to boarding school after reading these as children!

Black Beauty, by Anna Sewell

This classic tale of a handsome, spirited horse, Black Beauty has been a children's favourite for more than a century. Sewell tells the story of Beauty's life from a young foal through to a working horse - but be warned, your grandchildren will be begging for a horse of their own after one listen!

The Tale of Peter Rabbit, by Beatrix Potter

Once upon a time there were three little rabbits, and their names were Flopsy, Mopsy, Cotton-tail and Peter. Those were the words that would instantly silence us as children, as we were so keen to hear the tale of naughty Peter and his scapes in Mr McGregor's Garden. Your little Flopsy Bunnies are sure to love it too.

Matilda, by Roald Dahl

You may remember your grown-up children curling up with the latest Roald Dahl stories, and Matilda was usually a favourite for everyone. This story of an incredibly intelligent little girl (who discovers she has a wonderful secret) is brought to life by award-winning actress Kate Winslet.

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