Vintage Classic Literature for Children

WHICH IS YOUR FAVOURITE CLASSIC NOVEL OF ALL TIMES? Mine still is Little Women. I can't help but crying every time I read this old classic novel by Louisa May Alcott.

Maybe it's because it was the very first novel that I read as a young girl... I am very pleased that these classics have now been re-published by Vintage Classics (an imprint of The Random House Group) adding the ultimate ingredients – from the cover design and back cover copy, to the extra content inside - to appeal to new young readers.

The new series of Children’s Classics include twenty titles of old favourites and contemporary classic books available in both print and ebook format.

The launch list of twenty titles will feature perennial favourites such as Lewis Carroll’s Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland, Frances Hodgson Burnett’s The Secret Garden and Robert Louis Stevenson’s Treasure Island alongside much-loved contemporary classics exclusive to Random House including The Boy in the Striped Pyjamas by John Boyne.

Boyne commented: Books become classics when generation after generation can read them and experience the same emotional charge as their first readers. The children's classics that we return to as adults are the ones that feel every bit as good as they did when we first experienced the pleasures of reading, with stories that excite and move us and characters who feel the most alive.

Each beautifully designed volume will contain exclusive extra ‘Backstory’ material, including quizzes and family activities and fascinating facts about the books and their authors. The series launch titles include:

• The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn by Mark Twain (£6.99)

• Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland by Lewis Carroll (£5.99)

• Black Beauty by Anna Sewell (£5.99)

• The Boy in the Striped Pyjamas by John Boyne (£6.99)

• The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-time by Mark Haddon (£7.99)

• Emil and the Detectives by Erich Kastner (£5.99)

• Five Children and It by E. Nesbit (£5.99)

• I Capture the Castle by Dodie Smith (£7.99)

• The Jungle Book by Rudyard Kipling (£5.99)

• Little Women by Louisa May Alcott (£5.99)

• Peter Pan by J.M Barrie (£5.99)

• The Railway Children by E. Nesbit (£5.99)

• The Secret Garden by Frances Hodgson Burnett (£6.99)

• The Silver Sword by Ian Serraillier (£6.99)

• Swallows and Amazons by Arthur Ransom (£7.99)

• Swallowdale by Arthur Ransom (£7.99)

• Treasure Island by Robert Louis Stevenson (£5.99)

• What Katy Did by Susan Coolidge (£7.99)

• The Wind in the Willows by Kenneth Grahame (£5.99)

• The Wolves of Willoughby Chase by Joan Aiken (£5.99)

The series will also be accompanied by the launch of a dedicated interactive website for Vintage Children’s Classics – worldofstories.co.uk – with fun quizzes, downloads and extra material where children will be able to find out more about their favourite characters and stories.

WHICH WAS YOUR FAVOURITE CLASSIC NOVEL OF ALL TIMES? Please share it with us here below. Thanks.

About Monica Costa

Monica Costa founded London Mums in September 2006 after her son Diego’s birth together with a group of mothers who felt the need of meeting up regularly to share the challenges and joys of motherhood in metropolitan and multicultural London. London Mums is the FREE and independent peer support group for mums and mumpreneurs based in London http://londonmumsmagazine.com and you can connect on Twitter @londonmums

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