Where to start with Dick King-Smith in the classroom

Dick King-Smith was 56 years old when his first book was published, yet he went on to write over 130 books in his lifetime! His stories help children understand the world while being entertaining, and they can be vital to the classroom to help develop literacy skills.

Stories for 5-Year-Olds


This collection of stories includes King-Smith's stories for younger readers, including Dinosaur School!

In Dinosaur School, Basil Brontosaurus is teased at playschool by all the other little dinosaurs, who call him stupid. His mother tells him he's special because he has two brains - one in his head and one is his back. Basil is so pleased that he starts to throw his weight around at playschool. That is, until he meets a large Tyrannosaurus rex!

The other stories included in this collection are: Blessu, Dumpling, Henry the Pond Poet, Happy Mouse Day and Under the MishMash Tree.

Farm Yard Tales by Dick King-Smith


This collection of Farm Yard Tales is a perfect introduction to Dick King-Smith's animal stories. This collection features tales from the farm yard including Julius Caesar's Goat, the story of how Julius Caesar became the owner of a goat so smelly, the enemy ran away at the merest whiff of him!

The HodgeHeg by Dick King-Smith


Max is a hedgehog who lives with his family in a nice little home, but it's on the wrong side of the road from the Park where there's a beautiful lily pond and plenty of juicy slugs, worms and snails!

The busy road is dangerous but Max is determined to make his way across. If humans can do it, why can't hedgehogs? His first attempt ends in a nasty bump on the head and, when Max tries to speak, he realises his words are all mixed up. He is no longer a hedgehog but a hodgeheg!

Still determined to fulfil his mission, Max discovers the best way to cross the road - with the help of the lollipop lady and some careful detective work...

The Sheep-Pig by Dick King-Smith


The Sheep-Pig is one of Dick King-Smith's most famous tales. It shot to further fame when the film adaptation, Babe, was released in 1995.

'Why can't I learn to be a Sheep-Pig?'

When Babe, the little orphaned piglet, is won at a fair by Farmer Hogget, he is adopted by Fly, the kind-hearted sheep-dog. Babe is determined to learn everything he can from Fly. He knows he can't be a sheep-dog. But maybe, just maybe, he might be a sheep-pig.

'An unexpectedly thrilling, funny charmer of a book' - Guardian

The Fox Busters by Dick King-Smith


Flightless, helpless and often, more than a little silly, chickens are no match for the cunning, merciless foxes stalking their coop. Or are they?

Thanks to a careless farmer and generations of determined foxes, the chickens on Foxearth Farm have evolved into quick-witted, long-legged, high flying fox dodgers. Then, just a week after a vicious fox ambush in the water trough, three sisters are hatched. And Ransome, Sims and Jefferies are no ordinary chicks: they grow up determined to fight back. They are the legendary Fox Busters . . .

The Queen's Nose by Dick King-Smith


The Queen’s Nose is a magical story about a girl called Harmony who discovers a very special fifty-pence piece (some grown-ups might remember the TV adaption!). When you rub the Queen’s nose, your wishes come true, but unfortunately, those wishes don’t always work out as planned!

Harriet's Hare by Dick King-Smith


Celebrating its 30th anniversary in 2024, Harriet's Hare tells the story of Harriet, a hare who meets an unusual hare in a corn circle on Longhanger Farm.

'He's a wizard, that's what he is. 'Wiz,' she said.'

Wiz is a Partian, native to the distant planet Pars, and not only can he talk, he can speak any language, change into any shape, and even dance! Harriet and Wiz spend the summer galloping around the Farm together, but as his holiday on Earth comes to an end...will Wiz want to go home?

Ambrose Follows His Nose by Dick King-Smith & Josie Rogers


Ambrose Follows His Nose is a recently-discovered tale by Dick King-Smith which was then been completed by his great-granddaughter Josie Rogers!

Ambrose may seem like an ordinary rabbit but he has the most extraordinary sense of smell. He lives with his family in a hutch and is visited every day by Biddy, who is desperate to take him home to be her pet - if only her mum and dad would let her. Biddy trains Ambrose to become a tracker rabbit - which comes in very handy when Ambrose's little sister Roly goes missing. But when Biddy's family find themselves in real danger, can Ambrose's sensitive nose save the day?