Next month Penguin Random House Children’s (PRH Children’s) is adding 20 titles to its ‘A Puffin Book’ collection of classic children’s books, including titles by Penelope Lively and Noel Streatfeild.
This year is the 80th anniversary of the first publication of Streatfield’s classic ballet novel Ballet Shoes, so PRH Children’s is adding a lesser known book, her fictionalised autobiographical novel A Vicarage Family to the list. Another landmark, the 150th anniversary of the birth of Beatrix Potter, is being marked with the addition of Potter’s story for older children, The Fairy Caravan.
The collection also includes several animal stories such as The Peppermint Pig by Nina Bawden, The Battle of Bubble and Squeak by Philippa Pearce and Animals of Farthing Wood: the Adventure Begins by Colin Dann.
Penelope Lively, whose book The House in Norham Gardens is on the list, said: "What a pleasure to have The House in Norham Gardens revived and refreshed for this new 'A Puffin Book series'. Puffin was the elite imprint when I was reading to my children forty years ago - all the best titles - and it still is today, so I love to see this book of mine on the list.”
The 20 titles will be published in paperback on 7th July, 2016, priced at £6.99 each.
The 2016 ‘A Puffin Book’ list in full:
Seasons of Splendour by Madhur Jaffrey, illustrated by Michael Foreman
Island of the Blue Dolphins by Scott O’Dell
The Battle of Bubble and Squeak by Philippa Pearce
The Peppermint Pig by Nina Bawden
Thunder and Lightnings by Jan Mark
The Viking Saga by Henry Treece
The House in Norham Gardens by Penelope Lively
Brendon Chase by B.B.
The Country Child by Alison Uttley
A Vicarage Family by Noel Streatfeild
Bunchy by Joyce Lankester Brisley
The Old Nurse’s Stocking-Basket by Eleanor Farjeon, illustrated by Edward Ardizzone
Beowulf: Dragonslayer by Rosemary Sutcliff
A Hundred Million Francs by Paul Berna
The Fairy Caravan by Beatrix Potter
Mistress Masham’s Repose by T.H. White
Animals of Farthing Wood: The Adventure Begins by Colin Dann
The Whispering Mountain by Joan Aiken
A Thief in the Village by James Berry
A Wizard of Earthsea by Ursula K. Le Guin