This season brings big anniversaries for several children’s books: from YA novels that have remained in print for almost a century, to picture books that have inspired legions of fans for decades. In response to these milestones, publishers are celebrating in myriad ways, including repackaged, redesigned editions, and revitalized retellings of these enduring stories. Read on for new ways to reconnect with old favorites.

Johnny Tremain 75th Anniversary Edition

By Esther Hopkins Forbes (Sept. 11, Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, $14.99, ISBN 978-1-328-48916-6).

First published in 1943, the historical fiction bestseller and Newbery Medal winner tells the story of a boy caught up in the American Revolution, and is now refreshed with a new cover and illustrated foreword from graphic novelist Nathan Hale.

The Kissing Hand: 25th Anniversary Edition

By Audrey Penn, illus. by Ruth E. Harper and Nancy M. Leak (Sept. 11, Tanglewood, hardcover, $19.99, ISBN 978-1-939100-18-4).

Penn’s story of Chester the Raccoon turns 25 this fall; the picture book has become a classic bibliotherapy selection for children reticent to start school. The new edition features an additional booklet, “Letters to Chester,” featuring fans’ letters to the raccoon, as well as stickers.

The Knife of Never Letting Go

By Patrick Ness (Sept. 11, Candlewick, $24.99, ISBN 978-1-5362-0053-9).

Ten years after it was originally published, the opener to Ness’s dystopian Chaos Walking trilogy is reissued in a new hardcover edition. The film adaptation of the book hits theaters March 2019.

Go Away, Big Green Monster!

By Ed Emberley (Sept. 22, Little, Brown, $24.99, ISBN 978-0-316-23653-9).

Caldecott Medalist Emberley’s interactive picture book has helped kids sleep since it was first published 25 years ago. The book now boasts over one million copies in print, and it remains Little, Brown’s fourth bestselling backlist title, nearing Twilight. The publisher says “Happy 25th!” with a reprint of the original.


By Kristin Cashore (Sept. 25, Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, paper, $10.99, ISBN 978-0-547-25830-0).

Cashore’s bestselling fantasy debut takes place in a land of seven kingdoms, where people with special talents, called Gracelings, are identified by their eyes, and 18-year-old Katsa was identified at a young age for her talent for killing. Cashore followed up her story with two companion novels, Fire and Bitterblue; Graceling’s 10th-anniversary edition features reimagined cover art, a new afterword, and a Q&A with the author.

The Graveyard Book

By Neil Gaiman, illus. by Dave McKean (Sept. 30, HarperCollins, paper, $8.99, ISBN 978-0-06-053094-5).

The 2009 Newbery winner and spooky retelling of “The Jungle” from Kipling’s The Jungle Book gets a new 10th-anniversary edition including a foreword by Margaret Atwood, and extras including Gaiman’s medal acceptance speech, answers to fan questions, early versions of McKean’s art, and more.

The Giver

By Lois Lowry (Oct. 2, Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, $18.99, ISBN 978-1-328-47122-2).

For the 25th anniversary of Lowry’s Newbery winner, Houghton is reissuing the book in a newly designed hardcover edition with additional material. Lowry contributes a new afterword, as well as her medal acceptance speech. The dystopian novel has been adapted into a film, and next year a graphic novel adaptation of the book will be published.

The Popcorn Book

By Tomie dePaola (Oct. 16, Holiday House, $7.99, ISBN 978-0-8234-4060-3).

For the 40th anniversary of dePaola’s picture book about two brothers making the popular snack, updated information and illustrations are included.

The Skin I’m In

By Sharon Flake (Oct. 16, Disney/Jump at the Sun, paper, $9.99, ISBN 978-1-368-01943-9).

Originally published in 1998, Flake’s novel about a teen bullied at school because of her race is reissued for its 20th anniversary with a new cover and a new foreword by Jason Reynolds.

The Little Prince: 75th Anniversary Edition

By Antoine de Saint-Exupéry (Oct. 23, Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, $24.99, ISBN 978-1-328-47975-4).

The international bestseller about a boy who sees the world with a unique perspective is beloved by children and adults, and for its 75th year in print, HMH reissues it in a redesigned, deluxe hardcover edition including bonus material about the making of the book, photos, and early reviews.

The Hunger Games:
Special Edition

By Suzanne Collins (Oct. 30, Scholastic, paper, $12.99, ISBN 978-1-338-32191-3).

The dystopian YA novel that launched a sensation—a successful trilogy of books and films—now celebrates its 10th anniversary. The special edition includes an interview with Collins, material about how she wrote the series, and a conversation between the author and the late Walter Dean Myers that centers on writing about war.

My Family Plays Music

By Judy Cox, illus. by Elbrite Brown (Nov. 20, Holiday House, hardcover, $18.99, ISBN 978-0-8234-4039-9).

For its 15th year in print, the Coretta Scott King New Talent Award winner is reprinted, celebrating a multi-talented and musical family. The book includes back matter about music genres, instruments, and improvisation.

A Child’s Calendar:
20th Anniversary Edition

By John Updike, illus. by Trina Schart Hyman (Jan. 15, 2019, $18.99, ISBN 978-0-8234-3956-0).

The collaboration between Updike, Pulitzer Prize-winner and acclaimed writer for adults, and Caldecott Medalist Hyman features poems and illustrations carrying a multiracial family throughout the year, and is reissued in a hardcover edition for its 20th year in print.

Paddington at St. Paul’s

By Michael Bond (Jan. 15, 2019, HarperCollins, $17.99, ISBN 978-0-06-288785-6).

The 60th anniversary of the first book featuring the teddy bear from darkest Peru, who finds himself in England, heralds what Harper deems the last book by Michael Bond, a new picture book featuring Paddington in an adventure at St. Paul’s Cathedral in London.

Meg, Jo, Beth, and Amy:
Little Women

By Rey Terciero and Bre Indigo (Feb. 5, 2019, Little, Brown, $24.99, ISBN 978-0-316-52286-1).

The American classic of children’s literature, Louisa May Alcott’s Little Women, celebrates its 150th anniversary in 2018. As testament to the novel’s perennial appeal, Little, Brown releases a graphic novel retelling of the story set in contemporary New York City.