Monday, 12 June 2017

Puffin Books - part 3

Four years after Penguin Books had been founded by Sir Allen Lane, the idea for Puffin Books was hatched in 1939 when Noel Carrington, at the time an editor for Country Life books, met him and proposed a series of children's non-fiction picture books, inspired by the brightly coloured lithographed books mass-produced at the time for Soviet children. Lane saw the potential, and the first of the picture book series were published the following year. The name "Puffin" was a natural companion to the existing "Penguin" and "Pelican" books. Many continued to be reprinted right into the 1970s. A fiction list soon followed, when Puffin secured the paperback rights to Barbara Euphan Todd’s 1936 story Worzel Gummidge and brought it out as the first Puffin story book in 1941.


Many well-known illustrators and artists illustrated covers for Puffins - Charles Tunniliffe, Ronald Searle, and Edward Ardizzone amongst others.

This is part 3 of a 3 - part post on Puffin Books.
For earlier works, see parts 1 - 2 also.


1960 Eleanor Farjeon's Book: Stories - Verses - Plays
illustrated by Edward Ardizzone

1960 The Borrowers Afield
illustrated by Diana Stanley

1960 The Railway Children
illustrated by C.E. Brock

1960 The Silver Sword
illustrated by C. Walter Hodges

1961 A Little Princess
illustrated by Margery Gill

1961 Carbonel
illustrated by V.H. Drummond

1961 The Orphans of Simitra
illustrated by Margery Gill

1961 The Otterbury Incident
illustrated by Edward Ardizzone

1961 The Otterbury Incident 
illustrated by Edward Ardizzone

1961 The Street Musician
illustrated by Richard Kennedy

1962 Tell Me a Story
 illustrated by Judith Bledsoe

1963 Children on the Oregon Trail
cover by Elizabeth Grant

1963 Stig of the Dump
illustrated by Edward Ardizzone

1963 The Cricket in Times Square
illustrated by Garth Williams

1963 Worzel Gummidge

1964 A Dog So Small
illustrated by Anthony Maitland

1964 Little House on the Prairie

1964 The Bookshop on the Quay
illustrated by Peggy Fortnum

1964 The Bookshop on the Quay 
illustrated by Peggy Fortnum

1964 The Children Who Stayed Behind
cover by Walter C. Hodges

1964 The Children Who Stayed Behind 
cover by Walter C. Hodges

1964 The Children's Crusade

1964 The Magician's Nephew
illustrated by Pauline Baynes

1964 The Rescuers

1965 Prince Caspian
illustrated by Pauline Baynes

1965 The Voyage of the Dawn Treader
illustrated by Pauline Baynes

1965 The Young Detectives

1966 Five Children and It
illustrated by H.R. Miller

1966 The Land of Green Ginger
illustrated by Edward Ardizzone

1968 Peter Duck

1968 The Long Winter

1969 Coot Club

1969 Secret Water

1970 Secret Laughter
illustrated by Margery Gill

1970 The Adventures of Tom Sawyer

1970 The Borrowers Afloat

1970 The Borrowers Aloft

1976 The Story of the Amulet

1977 Tarka the Otter

The Phoenix and the Carpet
( I do not have a date for this )

The Secret Garden
( I do not have a date for this )

Treasure Island
( I do not have a date for this )

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