A list of 20 titles of works of fiction you should never grow up without reading…

Vintage Classics, an imprint of The Random House Group, will launch a new list of children’s classics.

Vintage Children’s Classics is an affordable series of books intended to inspire and nurture a life-long love of reading.

The launch list of 20 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.


According to Boyne, 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.

After undertaking extensive research among eight to 12 year olds, and the adults who buy books for them, Vintage has come up with the ultimate ingredients for a new series of children’s classics — from the cover design and back cover copy, to the extra content inside.

Each 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: Black Beauty by Anna Sewell, The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-time by Mark Haddon Emil and the Detectives by Erich Kastner, Five Children and It by E. Nesbit, I Capture the Castle by Dodie Smith, The Jungle Book by Rudyard Kipling, Little Women by Louisa May Alcott, Peter Pan by J.M Barrie, The Railway Children by E. Nesbit, The Silver Sword by Ian Serraillier, Swallows and Amazons by Arthur Ransom, Swallowdale by Arthur Ransom, What Katy Did by Susan Coolidge, The Wind in the Willows by Kenneth Grahame, The Wolves of Willoughby Chase by Joan Aiken

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.