Puffin Books began in 1938 when Noel Carrington met with the founder of Penguin Books, a British publishing company, and proposed a series of nonfiction picture books inspired by the brightly colored children's books produced at the time for Soviet children. The name Puffin was c ... Read More hosen because it paired well with the existing Penguin Books and Pelican Books. Puffin is currently one of the largest publishers of children's books in the world. The first Puffin storybook was about a man with broomstick arms, Worzel Gummidge. In the 1950s, Puffin made its mark in fantasy with tales such as The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe, by C. S. Lewis, and Charlotte's Web, by E. B. White. In 1967, a Puffin editor started the Puffin Club, which was devoted to making children into readers; the Puffin Club is still running today. Puffin also publishes a slew of children's classic, including Dr. Doolittle, Mary Poppins, Pippi Longstocking, Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, and The Hobbit. Although Puffin is known for its paperbacks today, it also sells picture books, sticker books, and hardbacks.