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The Wind in the Willows (1908)

The Wind in the Willows is a classic of children’s literature by Kenneth Grahame, first published in 1908. Alternately slow moving and fast paced, it focuses on four anthropomorphised animals in a pastoral version of England. The novel is notable for its mixture of mysticism, adventure, morality, and camaraderie and celebrated for its evocation of the nature of the Thames valley.

In 1908 Grahame retired from his position as secretary of the Bank of England. He moved back to Cookham, Berkshire, where he had been brought up and spent his time by the River Thames doing much as the animal characters in his book do—namely, as one of the phrases from the book says, “simply messing about in boats”—and wrote down the bed-time stories he had been telling his son Alistair.

In 1909, Theodore Roosevelt, then US president, wrote to Grahame to tell him that he had “read it and reread it, and have come to accept the characters as old friends.” The novel was in its thirty-first printing when playwright A. A. Milne adapted a part of it for the stage as Toad of Toad Hall in 1929. In 2003, The Wind in the Willows was listed at number 16 on the BBC’s survey The Big Read.

The American first edition does not have the illustration on the cover.

Author: Kenneth Grahame
Illustrator: Graham Robertson

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The Wind in the Willows (1927)

This is the third fully illustrated edition of Kenneth Grahame’s story of Mole, Rat, Toad and Badger. It was not published in America.

Author: Kenneth Grahame
Illustrator: Wyndham Payne

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The Wind in the Willows (1923)

Mole goes out on a fine spring day and meets the water rat by the riverside. Before he knows it he is wrapped up in the doings of the river dwellers, include the notorious Toad. This is the second fully illustrated edition. The end papers used were from the Bransom edition. The British edition was published in 1922.

Author: Kenneth Grahame
Illustrator: Nancy Barnhart
Paul Bransom

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The Wind in the Willows (1913)

This is the first fully illustrated edition of Kenneth Grahame’s masterpiece about Toad, Mole, Rat and Badger and the riverside. The British first edition has a different picture on the cover and a colored frontispiece not in the American edition.

Author: Kenneth Grahame
Illustrator: Paul Bransom

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A Wind in the Willows Christmas (2000)

In this excerpt from The Wind in the Willows, mole returns to his home, having spent the summer and autumn with his friend rat.

Author: Kenneth Grahame
Illustrator: Michael Hague

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Wind of the Vikings (1937)

Karin Kincaid goes to stay with her grandmother and uncle on the island of Eday off the north coast of Scotland. She learns to sail and searches for a lost Viking treasure.

Author: Maribelle Cormack
Illustrator: Robert Lawson

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The Wind on the Moon: A Story for Children (1944)

Dinah and Dorinda determine to be naughty while their father is away.

1944

Author: Eric Linklater
Illustrator: Nicolas Bentley

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Windmills, Bridges, & Old Machines (1982)

An exploration of the history of engineering in the public landscape.

Author: David Weitzman
Illustrator: David Weitzman

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The Winged Watchman (1962)

The story of a Dutch family during the German occupation in World War II.

Author: Hilda van Stockum
Illustrator: Hilda van Stockum

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The Wings of the Morning (1924)

Miss Iris Deane is ship wrecked in the South China Sea along with the only other survivor, Robert Jenks, a cashiered British army officer who was working as a steward.

Author: Louis Tracy
Illustrator: Mead Schaeffer

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Winnie-the-Pooh (1926)

The first collection of stories about Pooh Bear, Christopher Robin and their friends and adventures in the hundred acre wood.

Author: A. A. Milne
Illustrator: Ernest H. Shepard

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Winona’s Pony Cart (1953)

Winona is hoping for a pony for her birthday.

Author: Maud Hart Lovelace
Illustrator: Vera Neville

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Winsome Winnie and Other New Nonsense Novels (1920)

A second collection of parodies of contemporary fiction.

Author: Stephen Leacock
Illustrator: Unknown

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Winter Holiday (1934)

Dick and Dorothea are spending the winter holidays by the lake where they meet the Swallows and Amazons. Thanks to Nancy’s mumps their vacation is extended as the lake freezes over.

1934

Author: Arthur Ransome
Illustrator: Helene Carter
Arthur Ransome

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The Wisdom of Father Brown (1914)

The second collection of detective stories about a Catholic priest who is considered one of the high spots of detective fiction.

Author: G. K. Chesterton
Illustrator: Sydney Seymour Lucas

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The Wish at the Top (1974)

When Jan’s world falls apart, he remembers you can have your wish if you touch the top of the cathedral steeple.

Author: Clyde Robert Bulla
Illustrator: Chris Conover

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Wish on the Moon (1951)

A Halloween mystery for the Guthries and their friends.

Author: Dean Marshall
Illustrator: Dorothy Bayley Morse

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The Wishing Horse of Oz (1935)

King Skamperoo and Chalk, the Wishing Horse set out to conquer the Land of Oz and only Dorothy and Pigasus, the flying pig stand in their way.

Author: Ruth Plumly Thompson
Illustrator: John R. Neill

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The Wit and Wisdom of Freddy and His Friends (2000)

A collection of short sayings from the saga of Freddy the pig with appropriate illustrations.

Author: Walter R. Brooks
Illustrator: Kurt Wiese

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The Witch Family (1960)

Amy and Clarissa banish the wicked Old Witch to the Glass Hill, but she is not done with them yet. Fortunately Malachi the magic bumble bee is on their side.

Author: Eleanor Estes
Illustrator: Edward Ardizzone

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