Puffin Classics

As the kiddie arm of Penguin Classics, Puffin has been publishing quality children's literature for quite some time. These aren't new releases, popular fad items, or stories about angsty teenage vampires, however; Puffin is devoted to printing classic novels that appeal to younger readers in increasingly attractive yet still affordable paperback editions.

Most of the available titles are unabridged, though a few that are quite long in their original formats have been trimmed. Unlike traditional abridgements, though, these are more like extended edits, retaining the original power of the language while simply excising some of the fat. Since most elementary kids aren't ready for Charles Dickens (for example) but still want to read his work, we're mostly okay with this.

Each paperback is compact, with minimalist cover art and the text. There aren't pictures or study questions or anything to be used as hooks, just the innate appeal of the stories themselves. The fact that these are inexpensive editions makes them a good option for getting as much great literature into your kids' hands as possible without having to refinance your house.

While these titles were selected for their appropriateness for children, you'll still want to exercise caution with some of them. The same child who can handle Alice's Adventures in Wonderland or Little Women may not be prepared for Dracula or Frankenstein. That said, all the Puffin Classics are great stories, and will provide hours of formative amusement for your little page-turners.

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Adam of the Road
Puffin Modern Classics
by Elizabeth Gray
from Puffin Books
Historical Fiction for 3rd-8th grade
1943 Newbery Medal winner
in Puffin Classics (Location: FIC-PUF)
$8.99
Adventures of Huckleberry Finn
Puffin Classics
by Mark Twain
from Puffin Books
for 6th-10th grade
in Puffin Classics (Location: FIC-PUF)
$8.99
Adventures of Robin Hood
Puffin Classics
by Roger Green, illustrated by Arthur Hall
from Puffin Books
Legends and Folklore for 5th-9th grade
in Puffin Classics (Location: FIC-PUF)
$8.99
Adventures of Tom Sawyer
Puffin Classics
by Mark Twain
from Puffin Books
Realistic Fiction for 6th-10th grade
in Puffin Classics (Location: FIC-PUF)
$8.99 $4.00 (1 in stock)
Aesop's Fables
Puffin Classics
by Aesop
Reprint from Puffin Books
Myths, Fairy Tales & Folklore for Kindergarten-4th grade
in Puffin Classics (Location: FIC-PUF)
$7.99
Aladdin and Other Tales from the Arabian Nights
Puffin Classics
by N.J. Dawood, illustrated by William Harvey
from Puffin Books
Fairy Tales for 2nd-6th grade
$7.99
Alice's Adventures in Wonderland
Puffin Classics
by Lewis Carroll
from Puffin Books
Fantasy for 2nd-7th grade
in Puffin Classics (Location: FIC-PUF)
$7.99
Anne of Green Gables
Anne #1
by L. M. Montgomery
Reprint from Puffin Books
Orphan Stories for 5th-9th grade
in Puffin Classics (Location: FIC-PUF)
$8.99
Anne of Ingleside
Anne #6
by L. M. Montgomery
from Puffin Books
for 7th-9th grade
in Realistic Fiction (Location: FIC-REA)
Anne of the Island
Puffin Classics
by L.M. Montgomery
Reissue from Puffin Books
Orphan Stories for 5th-9th grade
in Puffin Classics (Location: FIC-PUF)
$5.99
Anne's House of Dreams
Anne #5
by L. M. Montgomery
from Puffin Books
for 5th-9th grade
in Realistic Fiction (Location: FIC-REA)
Around the World in Eighty Days
Puffin Classics
by Jules Verne
from Puffin Books
Adventure Stories for 6th-10th grade
in Puffin Classics (Location: FIC-PUF)
$7.99
Black Beauty
Puffin Classics
by Anna Sewell
from Puffin Books
Realistic Animal Stories for 4th-8th grade
in Puffin Classics (Location: FIC-PUF)
$8.99
Call of the Wild
Puffin Classics
by Jack London
2008th edition from Puffin Books
Action/Adventure for 7th-10th grade
in Puffin Classics (Location: FIC-PUF)
$7.99
Call of the Wild
Puffin Classics
by Jack London
from Puffin Books
for 6th-10th grade
in Animal Stories (Location: FIC-ANI)
$2.50 (1 in stock)
Canterbury Tales
Puffin Classics
by Geoffrey Chaucer, retold by Geraldine McCaughrean
from Puffin Books
Epic Poetry for 7th-9th grade
in Action & Adventure Stories (Location: FIC-ADV)
$6.99
Christmas Carol
Puffin Classics
by Charles Dickens
from Puffin Books
Fantasy for 6th-10th grade
in Puffin Classics (Location: FIC-PUF)
$7.99
Count of Monte Cristo (abridged)
Puffin Classics
by Alexandre Dumas
from Puffin Books
Realistic Fiction/Adventure for 7th-10th grade
in Action & Adventure Stories (Location: FIC-ADV)
$7.99
Daddy-Long-Legs
Puffin Classics
by Jean Webster
from Puffin Books
Orphan Stories for 6th-9th grade
in Puffin Classics (Location: FIC-PUF)
$7.99
Dracula
Puffin Classics
by Bram Stoker
from Puffin Books
for 10th-Adult
in Puffin Classics (Location: FIC-PUF)
$8.99
Eight Cousins
Puffin Classics
by Louisa May Alcott
from Puffin Books
Realistic Fiction for 4th-8th grade
in Realistic Fiction (Location: FIC-REA)
$7.99 $4.50 (2 in stock)
Enchanted Castle
Puffin Classics
by E. Nesbit, illustrated by H. R. Millar
from Puffin Books
Fantasy for 4th-8th grade
in Fantasy Fiction (Location: FIC-FAN)
Extraordinary Cases of Sherlock Holmes
Puffin Classics
by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle
from Puffin Books
Mystery for 6th-10th grade
in Puffin Classics (Location: FIC-PUF)
$8.99
Five Children and It
Puffin Classics
by E. Nesbit, illustrated by H. R. Millar
from Puffin Books
Fantasy for 4th-8th grade
in Puffin Classics (Location: FIC-PUF)
$7.99
Frankenstein
Puffin Classics
by Mary Shelley
from Puffin Books
Horror for 7th-10th grade
in Science Fiction (Location: FIC-SCI)
$8.99
Great Adventures of Sherlock Holmes
Puffin Classics
by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle
from Puffin Books
Mystery for 6th-10th grade
in Puffin Classics (Location: FIC-PUF)
$8.99
Great Expectations (abridged)
Puffin Classics
by Charles Dickens
from Puffin Books
Realistic Fiction for 7th-10th grade
in Puffin Classics (Location: FIC-PUF)
$7.99
Grimms' Fairy Tales
Puffin Classics
by Jacob & Wilhelm Grimm
from Puffin Books
Fairy Tales, Fables, and Folklore for 4th-8th grade
in Puffin Classics (Location: FIC-PUF)
$8.99
Gulliver's Travels
Puffin Classics
by Jonathan Swift
from Puffin Books
Satire/Social Commentary for 9th-Adult
in Puffin Classics (Location: FIC-PUF)
$7.99
Hans Andersen's Fairy Tales
Puffin Classics
by Hans Christian Andersen
3rd edition from Puffin Books
Fairy Tales for 2nd-6th grade
in Puffin Classics (Location: FIC-PUF)
$7.99
Happy Prince and Other Stories
Puffin Classics
by Oscar Wilde
from Puffin Books
for 3rd-6th grade
in Puffin Classics (Location: FIC-PUF)
$6.99
Heidi
Puffin Classics
by Johanna Spyri, translated by Eileen Hall and illustrated by Cecil Leslie
from Puffin Books
Realistic Fiction for 4th-8th grade
in Puffin Classics (Location: FIC-PUF)
$7.99
Homer Price
Puffin Modern Classics
by Robert McCloskey
from Puffin Books
Humor for 3rd-6th grade
in Puffin Classics (Location: FIC-PUF)
$7.99 $4.50 (1 in stock)
Hound of the Baskervilles
Puffin Classics
by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle
Reissue from Puffin Books
for 6th-10th grade
in Puffin Classics (Location: FIC-PUF)
$7.99
Jane Eyre
Puffin Classics
by Charlotte Bronte
from Puffin Books
Realistic Romantic Fiction for 8th-Adult
in Realistic Fiction (Location: FIC-REA)
$7.19
Jo's Boys
Puffin Classics
by Louisa May Alcott
from Puffin Books
for 4th-8th grade
in Puffin Classics (Location: FIC-PUF)
$5.99
Journey to the Center of the Earth
Puffin Classics
by Jules Verne
Reprint from Puffin Books
Science Fiction for 6th-10th grade
in Puffin Classics (Location: FIC-PUF)
$7.99
Jungle Book
Puffin Classics
by Rudyard Kipling
from Puffin Books
Animal Stories for 4th-8th grade
in Puffin Classics (Location: FIC-PUF)
$7.99
Just So Stories
Puffin Classics
by Rudyard Kipling
from Puffin Books
Fairy Tales, Fables, and Legends for 1st-6th grade
in Fantasy Fiction (Location: FIC-FAN)
$2.50 (1 in stock)
Just So Stories
Puffin Classics
by Rudyard Kipling
from Puffin Books
Fairy Tales, Fables, and Legends for 1st-6th grade
in Puffin Classics (Location: FIC-PUF)
$7.99
Kidnapped
Puffin Classics
by Robert Louis Stevenson
from Puffin Books
Action/Adventure for 5th-9th grade
in Puffin Classics (Location: FIC-PUF)
$8.99
Kim
Puffin Classics
by Rudyard Kipling
from Puffin Books
Orphan Stories for 6th-10th grade
in Puffin Classics (Location: FIC-PUF)
$7.99
King Arthur and His Knights of the Round Table
Puffin Classics
by Roger Green
from Puffin Books
Fairy Tales, Fables, and Legends for 6th-10th grade
in Puffin Classics (Location: FIC-PUF)
$8.99
Lark and the Laurel
by Barbara Willard, illustrated by Gareth Floyd
from Puffin Books
for 6th-9th grade
in Vintage Fiction & Literature (Location: VIN-FIC)
Little Lord Fauntleroy
Puffin Classics
by Frances Hodgson Burnett
Reissue from Puffin Books
Realistic Fiction for 4th-8th grade
in Puffin Classics (Location: FIC-PUF)
$7.99
Little Men
Puffin Classics
by Louisa May Alcott
from Puffin Books
for 4th-8th grade
in Puffin Classics (Location: FIC-PUF)
$8.99
Little Princess
Puffin Classics
by Frances Hodgson Burnett
from Puffin Books
for 3rd-8th grade
in Puffin Classics (Location: FIC-PUF)
$7.99
Little Princess
Puffin Classics
by Frances Hodgson Burnett
from Puffin Books
for 3rd-8th grade
in Realistic Fiction (Location: FIC-REA)
Little Women
Puffin Classics
by Louisa May Alcott
from Puffin Books
Realistic Romantic Fiction for 5th-8th grade
in Puffin Classics (Location: FIC-PUF)
$10.99
Little Women Trilogy
Puffin Classics
by Louisa May Alcott
from Puffin Books
for 3rd-8th grade
in Puffin Classics (Location: FIC-PUF)
$22.07
Long Way from Chicago
Puffin Modern Classics
by Richard Peck
from Puffin Books
Humorous Family Stories for 5th-9th grade
in Puffin Classics (Location: FIC-PUF)
$8.99
Myths of the Norsemen
Puffin Classics
by Roger Lancelyn Green
Reprint from Puffin Books
for 5th-9th grade
in Puffin Classics (Location: FIC-PUF)
$8.99
Odyssey (retold)
Puffin Classics
by Geraldine McCaughrean retells Homer
Puffin Classics from Puffin Books
for 4th-6th grade
in Puffin Classics (Location: FIC-PUF)
$6.99 $4.00 (2 in stock)
Old-Fashioned Girl
Puffin Classics
by Louisa May Alcott
from Puffin Books
Realistic Romantic Fiction for 4th-8th grade
in Realistic Fiction (Location: FIC-REA)
$9.99
Oliver Twist (abridged)
Puffin Classics
by Charles Dickens
from Puffin Books
Realistic Fiction for 6th-9th grade
in Puffin Classics (Location: FIC-PUF)
$8.99 $4.50 (1 in stock)
Penny Pony
A Young Puffin
by Barbara Willard, illustrated by Juliette Palmer
1972 reprint from Puffin Books
for 2nd-4th grade
in Vintage Fiction & Literature (Location: VIN-FIC)
Peter Pan
Puffin Classics
by J. M. Barrie
from Puffin Books
Fantasy for 4th-8th grade
in Puffin Classics (Location: FIC-PUF)
$7.99 $4.00 (1 in stock)
Phoenix and the Carpet
Puffin Classics Nesbit Trilogy Book 2
by E. Nesbit, illustrated by H. R. Millar (uncredited)
from Puffin Books
Fantasy for 4th-8th grade
in Puffin Classics (Location: FIC-PUF)
$6.99
Pinocchio
Puffin Classics
by Carlo Collodi, translated by E. Hardin and illustrated by Gioia Fiammenghi
from Puffin Books
Fantasy for 3rd-8th grade
in Fantasy Fiction (Location: FIC-FAN)
$2.50 (4 in stock)
Pinocchio
Puffin Classics
by Carlo Collodi, translated by E. Hardin and illustrated by Gioia Fiammenghi
from Puffin Books
Fantasy for 3rd-8th grade
in Puffin Classics (Location: FIC-PUF)
$7.99
Pippi Longstocking
by Astrid Lindgren
from Puffin Books
for 2nd-5th grade
in Puffin Classics (Location: FIC-PUF)
$7.99
Pollyanna
Puffin Classics
by Eleanor Porter
from Puffin Books
Realistic fiction for 4th-7th grade
in Realistic Fiction (Location: FIC-REA)
$7.99
Prince and the Pauper (abridged)
Puffin Classics
by Mark Twain
from Puffin Books
Historical Fiction for 5th-8th grade
in Action & Adventure Stories (Location: FIC-ADV)
$6.99 $4.00 (2 in stock)
Princess and Curdie
Puffin Classics
by George MacDonald
from Puffin Books
Fantasy for 6th-10th grade
in Fantasy Fiction (Location: FIC-FAN)
$7.99
Princess and the Goblin
Puffin Classics
by George MacDonald
from Puffin Books
Fantasy for 5th-8th grade
in Puffin Classics (Location: FIC-PUF)
$7.99 $4.00 (9 in stock)
Rabbit Hill
Puffin Modern Classics
by Robert Lawson
from Puffin Books
for 3rd-6th grade
1945 Newbery Medal winner
in Puffin Classics (Location: FIC-PUF)
$7.99
Railway Children
Puffin Classics
by E. Nesbit, illustrated by C. E. Brock
from Puffin Books
Family Stories for 4th-8th grade
in Puffin Classics (Location: FIC-PUF)
$7.99
Rascal
by Sterling North
from Puffin Books
Biography for 4th-8th grade
1964 Newbery Honor Book
in Puffin Classics (Location: FIC-PUF)
$3.00 (1 in stock)
Red Badge of Courage
Puffin Classics
by Stephen Crane
from Puffin Books
for 7th-10th grade
in Puffin Classics (Location: FIC-PUF)
$7.99 $4.50 (1 in stock)
Rip Van Winkle and Other Stories
Puffin Classics
by Washington Irving
from Puffin Books
Fairy Tales, Fables, and Legends for 5th-9th grade
in Puffin Classics (Location: FIC-PUF)
$7.99
Robinson Crusoe (abridged)
Puffin Classics
by Daniel Defoe
from Puffin Books
Realistic Adventure Novel for 6th-12th grade
in Action & Adventure Stories (Location: FIC-ADV)
$7.99
Roll of Thunder, Hear My Cry
Puffin Modern Classics
by Mildred Taylor
from Puffin Books
Realistic Fiction for 5th-8th grade
1977 Newbery Medal winner
in Puffin Classics (Location: FIC-PUF)
$8.99
Rose in Bloom
Puffin Classics
by Louisa May Alcott
from Puffin Books
for 4th-9th grade
in Realistic Fiction (Location: FIC-REA)
$5.99
Sadako and the Thousand Paper Cranes
Puffin Modern Classics
by Eleanor Coerr
from Puffin Books
Historical Fiction for 4th-6th grade
in Puffin Classics (Location: FIC-PUF)
$5.99 $3.50 (2 in stock)
Scarlet Pimpernel
Puffin Classics
by Baroness Orczy
from Puffin Books
Action/Adventure for 6th-10th grade
in Action & Adventure Stories (Location: FIC-ADV)
$5.99
Secret Garden
Puffin Classics
by Frances Burnett
from Puffin Books
Realistic Fiction for 4th-8th grade
in Puffin Classics (Location: FIC-PUF)
$8.99
Story of the Treasure Seekers
Puffin Classics
by E. Nesbit, illustrated by Cecil Leslie
from Puffin Books
Family Stories for 4th-8th grade
in Realistic Fiction (Location: FIC-REA)
$7.99 $3.50 (1 in stock)
Swiss Family Robinson
Puffin Classics
by Johann Wyss
from Puffin Books
Realistic Stories/Adventure for 4th-8th grade
in Puffin Classics (Location: FIC-PUF)
$8.99
Tale of Troy
Puffin Classics
by Roger Green
from Puffin Books
Greek Mythology for 6th-9th grade
in Puffin Classics (Location: FIC-PUF)
$7.99 $4.00 (1 in stock)
Tale of Two Cities (abridged)
Puffin Classics
by Charles Dickens
from Puffin Books
Historical Fiction for 8th-10th grade
in Puffin Classics (Location: FIC-PUF)
$7.99 $4.50 (1 in stock)
Tales from Shakespeare
Puffin Classics
by Charles & Mary Lamb
from Puffin Books
Shakespeare Stories for 3rd-8th grade
in Puffin Classics (Location: FIC-PUF)
$8.99
Tales of Ancient Egypt
Puffin Classics
by Roger Green
from Puffin Books
Egyptian Mythology for 6th-9th grade
in Puffin Classics (Location: FIC-PUF)
$7.99
Tales of Mystery and Terror
Puffin Classics
by Edgar Allan Poe
from Puffin Books
Mystery/Horror for 8th-12th grade
in Action & Adventure Stories (Location: FIC-ADV)
$7.99 $4.50 (1 in stock)
Tales of the Greek Heroes
Puffin Classics
by Roger Green
from Puffin Books
Greek Mythology for 6th-9th grade
in Puffin Classics (Location: FIC-PUF)
$8.99
Tales of Uncle Remus
Puffin Modern Classics
by Julius Lester
Reissue from Puffin Books
for 3rd-7th grade
in Puffin Classics (Location: FIC-PUF)
$7.99
Three Musketeers (abridged)
Puffin Classics
by Alexandre Dumas
from Puffin Books
Historical Fiction/Adventure for 8th-10th grade
in Action & Adventure Stories (Location: FIC-ADV)
$6.99
Through the Looking-Glass
Puffin Classics
by Lewis Carroll
from Puffin Books
for 10th-Adult
in Puffin Classics (Location: FIC-PUF)
$7.99
To Be a Slave
Puffin Modern Classics
by Julius Lester, illustrated by Tom Feelings
from Puffin Books
Historical Non-fiction for 6th-10th grade
1969 Newbery Honor Book
in Historical Fiction (Location: FIC-HIF)
$4.50 (1 in stock)
Treasure Island
Puffin Classics
by Robert Louis Stevenson
from Puffin Books
Action/Adventure for 5th-9th grade
in Puffin Classics (Location: FIC-PUF)
$8.99
Twenty Thousand Leagues Under the Sea (abridged)
Puffin Classics
by Jules Verne
from Puffin Books
Science Fiction for 5th-8th grade
in Science Fiction (Location: FIC-SCI)
$6.99
Water Babies (abridged)
Puffin Classics
by Charles Kingsley
from Puffin Books
Fantasy for 4th-8th grade
in Fantasy Fiction (Location: FIC-FAN)
Westing Game
Puffin Modern Classics
by Ellen Raskin
from Puffin Books
Mystery/Suspense for 5th-8th grade
1979 Newbery Medal winner
in Puffin Classics (Location: FIC-PUF)
$8.99
What Katy Did
Puffin Classics
by Susan Coolidge
Reprint from Puffin Books
Realistic Fiction for 4th-6th grade
in Puffin Classics (Location: FIC-PUF)
$5.99
White Fang
Puffin Classics
by Jack London
from Puffin Books
Action/Adventure for 7th-10th grade
in Puffin Classics (Location: FIC-PUF)
$7.99
Wind in the Willows
Puffin Classics
by Kenneth Grahame
from Puffin Books
Humorous Animal Fantasy for 4th-8th grade
in Puffin Classics (Location: FIC-PUF)
$8.99
Wizard of Oz
Puffin Classics
by L. Frank Baum
from Puffin Books
for 4th-8th grade
in Puffin Classics (Location: FIC-PUF)
$7.99
Wuthering Heights
Puffin Classics
by Emily Brontë
Reissue from Puffin Books
for 7th-9th grade
in Puffin Classics (Location: FIC-PUF)
$8.99