Puffin’s 80th Anniversary!

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Generations of children have grown up with Puffin Books and I am one of those. I was a voracious reader from the age of three but my first memory of Puffins is around my 7th birthday when I received my copy of Alice in Wonderland & Through the Looking Glass. I still have it, albeit, as you can see from the photo, it’s a little worse for wear, after many repeated readings. In the (many) ensuing years there have been many Puffins read and quite a number of those have remained firmly on my shelves.

You can well imagine my pleasure when in primary school our reading program consisted of a steady diet of Puffin books with the accompanying ‘comprehension’ activities. I didn’t need to be encouraged – I just ‘ate’ my way steadily through them all and was especially delighted with titles that I didn’t have on my home bookshelf.

Now the iconic ‘children’s branch’ of Allen Lane’s vision for books for all is turning 80 and the celebrations are happening worldwide. Read Dot Tonkin’s article about the history and the future of Puffin here.

There will be several posts around the anniversary on this blog but the first is for this gorgeous omnibus of stories from leading authors, illustrators and poets.

The Puffin Book of Big Dreams

Penguin Australia

  • September 2020
  • ISBN: 9780241438206
  • Imprint: Puffin
  • RRP: $32.99

Showcasing the work of such stellar talents as Jacqueline Wilson, Malorie Blackman, Anne Fine, Jamie Littler, Jeremy Strong, Tom Fletcher, Sam Copeland, Ed Vere, Nadia Shireen along with such firm family favourites as Eric Carle, Beatrix Potter, Allan Ahlberg, Michael Morpurgo, Julia Donaldson and Roald Dahl this is a kaleidoscope of creativity. But it’s not just about the stories, poems and illustrations as it includes quotes and anecdotes from leading scientists, actors and world leaders outlining their own dreams.

The absolutely glorious dust-jacket sparkles with all the pizzazz one would expect from such a momentous ‘party’ book and it would undoubtedly be a coveted gift either for a special little reader – or frankly, yourself!

This will be a volume into which children will dip again and again, re-visiting their favourites and one which will become a treasured memory of their childhood reading – just as my Puffin memories are :-).

With Christmas fast approaching this will make a very welcome stocking stuffer for any lucky reader. I urge you to pick up a copy and take delight in the beautiful wealth within.

Here are some personal Puffin favourites from my long-distant primary school days – but there are just so many from which to choose! As well – another still on my shelves the Laura Ingalls Wilder collection which my dear mum bought me as part of my 21st birthday gift – proving indeed that you never outgrow Puffins!

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