Today marks the launch of something special in classics for kids. The awesome folks at Puffin have created new covers and more for 20 fantastic classics which they want to bring to a new generation of readers.
These days the classics are often ignored in favour of tv show tie in books, picture books and interactive books. I honestly think that parents don’t tend to chose classics to read to children anymore, favouring those they can read together or that can be read through quickly… and whilst there is nothing wrong with that I do feel bad for the amazing collection of classic children’s book there are out there.
Thats why I was so happy to discover that Puffin are bringing these books to the modern audience. With new cover designs, including iconic cover images and new artwork, the A Puffin Book collection will also include material discovered from the Puffin archive, activities inspired by the books, background information on the story, quizzes, author profiles, fun facts and more.
The books launching are:
- A Dog So Small by Philippa Pearce
- A Wrinkle in Time by Madeleine L’Engle
- Annie by Thomas Meehan
- Back Home by Michelle Magorian
- Carrie’s War by Nina Bawden
- Charlotte’s Web by E.B. White
- Gobbolino the Witch’s Cat by Ursula Moray Williams
- Goodnight Mister Tom by Michelle Magorian
- Mrs Frisby and the Rats of NIMH by Robert O’Brien
- Roll of Thunder, Hear My Cry by Mildred D Taylor
- Smith by Leon Garfield
- Stig of the Dump by Clive King
- Stuart Little by E.B. White
- Tarka the Otter by Henry Williamson
- The Borrowers by Mary Norton
- The Cay by Theodore Taylor
- The Family from One End Street by Eve Garnett
- The Neverending Story by Michael Ende
- The Trumpet of the Swan by E.B. White
- Watership Down by Richard Adams
They will hit the shelves today, July 3rd at an RRP of £6.99. A further 20 books will follow in July next year. Puffin is also encouraging older readers to rediscover their favourite classic and share it using the #ShareAPuffinBook on twitter, including a picture or a reason why you love it.
My favourite classic from the list has to be Stig of The Dump which I read when I was in primary school and has stayed with me ever since. Today I can share with you an extract from this book, a review will follow in the next couple of weeks but unfortunately my copy didn’t arrive in time for a review today.