Sara Bowers, owner of the Steyning Bookshop in West Sussex, which is having a special window display for National Short Story Week, recommends:
Lari Don’s Winter Tales are simple and eloquent retellings of folktales from around the world, suitable for children age 6 +
David Almond’s new collection of short stories, Half a Creature from the Sea, is a beautiful book. Almond’s childhood and his home town, Felling-on-Tyne provide the sparks of inspiration for eight stories that are uncanny, wise and illuminating by turns. The stories are interwoven with autobiographical pieces on their origin and writing, and with atmospheric illustrations by Eleanor Taylor. A lovely gift for children aged 9 and up, especially those interested in writing.
Blackberry Blue is an enchanting collection of original fairy tales by Jamila Gavin, inspired by Hans Christian Anderson and the Brothers Grimm. Deep mysterious forests, handsome princes and beautiful maidens abound, leavened by a modern sensibility. Suitable for children 8 and over.