children's writing

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On this page we are including writing intended for children. Of course, that isn't to say that adult readers won't find it worth reading, too - we're certainly enjoying compiling it!

At the moment we've mostly got classics here, but we do want to include more modern work, so if you'd like to submit your own writing or suggest work which should be included, please contact us.

Some of the writing has to be extracts, as it's impossible to reproduce longer texts, but we hope to whet your appetites. And don't forget that you will find some poetry suitable for children over on the anthology pages.

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The Wonderful Wizard of Oz
  L. Frank Baum
Most of us know The Wizard of Oz film, but outside the USA the books are less well known. More information about Oz can be found at
How Galah Got Her Colour and How Thorny Devil Got His Skin. (The Boomerang Story)
A retelling of a traditional Australian tale.
The First Chrysanthemum
  Gwyneth Box
A retelling of a traditional Chinese tale about the origin of the Chrysanthemum.
The Wise Woman
  George MacDonald
This is an excerpt from a lesser known classic written in the true tradition of fairy stories.
A Little Princess
  Frances Hodgson Burnett
An excerpt from early on in this classic novel.
  Robert Louis Stevenson
Set in the Scottish Highlands after the Jacobean rebellion, this book tells the story of young David Balfour.
Here is an extract from later on in the book when David is in hiding from the redcoat soldiers.
The Selfish Giant
  Oscar Wilde
A complete story by one of the world's greatest story tellers.
The Secret Garden
  Frances Hodgson Burnett
An excerpt from the classic story of Mary Lennox.
Alice in Wonderland
  Lewis Carroll
An exerpt from the first classic Alice story.

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