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10 Classic children's books celebrating a birthday in 2018

How many of these books reaching a special milestone this year do your kids have on their bookshelves?

Posted: 10 October 2018
by Bonita Turner
10 Classic children's books celebrating a birthday in 2018

10th ANNIVERSARY- GANGSTA GRANNY

Actor, comedian and Britain's Got Talent judge David Walliams' has proved his own talent as a writer of children's books. With over 25 million copies sold he is often described as "the fastest growing children's author in the UK" with a literary style compared to that of Roald Dahl.

Gangsta Granny was published in 2008 and is one of David Walliams’ best-loved and most critically acclaimed books – heartfelt and uplifting, it has been successfully adapted for both stage and screen - and has spawned many a Halloween costume since.

BUY HERE >> Gangsta Granny: Limited Gift Edition by David Walliams and Illustrated Tony Ross

  

10 Classic children's books celebrating a birthday in 2018

10th ANNIVERSARY - STICK MAN

"Stick Man lives in the family tree. With his Stick Lady love and their stick children one, two, three." is an unforgettable line from one of Julia Donaldson's best-loved books (and lets face it there is a lot to choose from). A popular story at Christmas time - although it's now become a year round hit - this tale of the adventures of a Stickman who gets lost outside and needs to get back to the family tree.

Donsonalson is the author of many of the best-loved pictures books ever written and has attracted international acclaim with her original stories and irresistible rhymes  - and in 10 years over a million copies of all editions of Stick Man have sold in the UK alone.

BUY HERE>> Stick Man by Julia Donaldson and illustrated by Axel Scheffler

  

  

10 Classic children's books celebrating a birthday in 2018

20th ANNIVERSARY - HARRY POTTER & THE CHAMBER OF SECRETS

J.K. Rowling's classic Harry Potter series is the stuff of authors dreams. Continual record-breaking, multi-award-winning novels that are loved by fans around the world. Having sold more than 500 million copies, translated into over 80 different languages and made into eight blockbuster films Harry Potter is very much a modern classic. 

To mark the 20th anniversary of first publication of Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets, these irresistible House Editions celebrate the noble character of the four Hogwarts houses. With house-themed cover art and interior line illustrations by Levi Pinfold, each book will also have vibrant sprayed edges in the house livery too.

All seven books in the series will be issued in these highly collectable House Editions - so start collecting them now.

BUY HERE>> Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets Anniversary Edition by J. K Rowling (in Slytherin, RavenClaw, Gryffindor and Hufflepuff editions)

  

  

10 Classic children's books celebrating a birthday in 2018

30th ANNIVERSARY - MATILDA

Matilda. Who hasn't read this now-classic tale by the unquestionably the master of children's literature Roald Dahl? The story of a gifted child cursed with horrible parents and a even worse tyrannical headmistress who finally finds hope with a kind-hearted teacher. What's harder to believe it that this year sees its 30th anniversary!

To celebrate Puffin have re-issued the book with 3 original and brand-new covers by the original illustrator - Quentin Blake of course, each with a career that Blake himself has imagined that Matilda might have at 30 years old.

Choose from Matilda as the Chief Executive of the British Library, a World Traveller or Astrophysicist - or why not collect them all?

BUY HERE >> Matilda at 30 by Roald Dahl and illustrated by Quentin Blake

  

10 Classic children's books celebrating a birthday in 2018

40th ANNIVERSARY - THE SNOWMAN

Is it even Christmas without The Snowman? By now we all know the classic and emotional story told entirely through pictures (and of course the animation) of a young boy who builds a snowman after a heavy snowfall around Christmastime.

But, this is not just any snowman. The Snowman comes to life and they both go on the most extraordinary adventure, flying through the skies on the peaceful winter night. 

This extra-special 40th Anniversary edition makes the perfect Christmas gift, complete with a limited edition print, and a letter from Raymond Briggs ensuring this remains a Christmas tradition for generations of children for many more years to come.

BUY HERE>> The Snowman: 40th Anniversary Gift Edition by Raymond Briggs

  

10 Classic children's books celebrating a birthday in 2018

40th ANNIVERSARY - EACH PEACH PEAR PLUM

"In this book, With your little eye, Take a look, And play 'I spy'" 

Each Peach Pear Plum is a timeless picture book classic from the bestselling illustrator/author team Janet and Allan Ahlberg where each beautifully illustrated page encourages young children to interact with the picture to find the next fairy tale and nursery rhyme character.

It's safe to say 90-year old Allan Ahlberg is a national treasure having published over 100 children's books most along with his late wife Janet. This special 40th anniversary edition comes with a limited edition print

BUY HERE>> Each Peach Pear Plum Hardcover by Allan and Janet Ahlberg

  

  

10 Classic children's books celebrating a birthday in 2018

50th ANNIVERSARY - THE TIGER WHO CAME TO TEA

The magic begins at teatime! Especially for Sophie and her extraordinary teatime guest who has been coming to Tea for 50 glorious years and delighting millions of fans worldwide.

The doorbell rings just as Sophie and her mummy are sitting down to tea. Who could it possibly be? What they certainly don't expect to see at the door is a big furry, stripy tiger!

This inimitable The Tiger Who Came To Tea picture book was first published in 1968 and has never been out of print and is now available in this spectacular slipcased hardback edition with exclusive anniversary art print, to celebrate its golden anniversary.

BUY HERE>> The Tiger Who Came To Tea by Judith Kerr

TRY >> The Tiger Who Came to Tea Afternoon Special Afternoon Tea at The Savoy, London

  

10 Classic children's books celebrating a birthday in 2018

60th ANNIVERSARY - PADDINGTON

Who doesn't want to look after this bear? After arriving from the Darkest Peru at Paddington Station in London with nothing but a suitcase, a half-empty jar of marmalade and a label that reads, ‘Please look after this bear. Thank you.’ Mr and Mrs Brown discover him, name him Paddington and welcome him into their home, where he has lived ever since.

Created by Michael Bond in 1958 while he was working as a BBC cameraman - Paddington's adventures have continually gone onto delight readers young and old all around the world with over 35 million copies sold.

BUY HERE>> Paddington: The Original Paddington adventure by Michael Bond and illustrated by R. W. Alley

SHOP>> Stylish Paddington Bear buys for children

  

10 Classic children's books celebrating a birthday in 2018

90th ANNIVERSARY - MILLY-MOLLY-MANDY

This wonderful 90th anniversary gift edition of Milly-Molly-Mandy stories with full-colour artwork from the original line drawings by author by Joyce Lancaster Brisley is a book to treasure.

Having charmed generations of children Millicent-Margret-Amanda (as she is formally known) is the story of a much easier to say Milly-Molly-Mandy who lives in a tiny village in the heart of the countryside, where life is full of everyday adventures, friendships and uncomplicated family life.

Sure to bring back happy memories for parents and grandparents, and introduce younger readers to an enduringly popular heroine and her friends little-friend-Susan and Billy Blunt of simpler times and a more carefree time.

BUY HERE>>  Milly-Molly-Mandy Stories by Joyce Lankester Brisley

  

  

  

10 Classic children's books celebrating a birthday in 2018

110th ANNIVERSARY - ANNE OF GREEN GABLES

For over 100 years the story of Anne Shirley an eleven-year-old orphan who has hung on determinedly to an optimistic spirit and a wildly creative imagination despite her early deprivations is a book no child should miss.

Part Tom Sawyer and part Jane Eyre Anne of Green Gables fast becomes a heroine of her own as we follow her story from making mistakes - and not always learning from them, facing grief and loss to the true meaning of love.

Intelligent, as hot-headed as her own red hair and the makings of the original rebel girl Anne of Green Gables has sold more than 50 million copies along with various sequels, prequels, TV movies and series.  

BUY HERE>> Anne of Green Gables by Lucy Maud Montgomery OBE

  

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