Penguin Random House Children’s is adding books by Noel Streatfield, Erich Kastner and Anne Fine to its A Puffin Book list of classic children’s titles.
PRH launched A Puffin Book last year to replace Puffin Modern Classics and is adding 20 further titles to the list in July.
Streatfield’s Ballet Shoes, first published in 1936, is one of the chosen books, as is Emil & the Detectives by Kastner, first published in German in 1929, and the more recent Madame Doubtfire by Anne Fine (1987). Stories by Ursula Moray Williams, Adeline Yen May, Ian Serraillier and Joan Aiken are also on the list.
PRH said the new books represent “nearly 80 years of brilliant writing for children” with subjects ranging from “fairy tales and fantasies, historical adventures and comic mis-adventures, as well as inspirational stories based on real life experiences”.
Fine, a former children’s laureate, said: “I’m absolutely delighted by this new edition. Every book needs a facelift after 27 years. I hope it goes out into the world with a new confidence, to bring amusement and comfort to yet another generation of readers.”
All of the books will be published in paperback on the 2nd July, priced at £6.99.
This year’s A Puffin Book titles in full:
Ballet Shoes by Noel Streatfeild
Bogwoppit by Ursula Moray Williams
Bridge to Terabithia by Katherine Paterson
Carbonel by Barbara Sleigh
Clever Polly & the Stupid Wolf/Polly & the Wolf Again by Catherine Storr
Chinese Cinderella by Adeline Yen Mah
Cue for Treason by Geoffrey Trease
Emil & the Detectives by Erich Kastner
The Sword and the Circle by Rosemary Sutcliff
Madame Doubtfire by Anne Fine
Sounder by William H Armstrong
The Incredible Adventures of Professor Branestawm by Norman Hunter
The Little Girl and the Tiny Doll by Edward and Aingelda Ardizzone
The Ordinary Princess by M.M. Kaye
The Silver Sword by Ian Serraillier
The Wolves of Willoughby Chase by Joan Aiken
The Velveteen Rabbit by Margery Williams
A Traveller in Time by Alison Uttley
The Village by the Sea by Anita Desai
Walkabout by James Vance Marshall