Author Jennifer Adams and artist Alison Oliver, have published a Baby Lit series that is such a great way to get kids familiar with these literary classics. Plus, what a fun way to teach them about colors and numbers! Read below to learn a little more about each of the books in the Baby Lit series (published by Gibbs-Smith):
Pride & Prejudice is a counting primer board book that I thought was very beautifully designed and decorated. The numbers signify different key aspects of the classic novel and offer children a chance to learn more about Pride & Prejudice with little tidbits about the story illustrated throughout. Four marriage proposals demonstrate the number four, with little quips from the couples explaining very briefly how their relationships evolved. My favorite number was nine, with the selection of nine fancy ball gowns!
I love the modern graphic style of Alice in Wonderland. It is a board book for kids that uses the characters and themes from the Carroll classic to teach about colors. From the orange (Chesire) cat to the (Queen of) red hearts, Alice in Wonderland is filled with vivid images that allude to key scenes from the book. It is delightful to see the wacky characters from Wonderland in this new light. Well done!
In Jane Eyre, you can count different important items from the famous book by the same name. The short quotes and iconic elements from Jane Eyre made it easy for me to explain a little about the story to my children. The board book does a great job at evoking the romantic feel of Jane Eyre in terms of the muted colors and the lovely drawings (some of which are quite detailed). I really liked the drawing of the four towers of the majestic Thornfield Hall. What an excellent way to introduce children to classic literature!
I think the counting board book, Romeo & Juliet, is such a fun way to familiarize kids with numbers, as well as some ideas from this classic story by the great William Shakespeare. Romeo & Juliet includes cute artistic renditions of the characters, as well as inside glimpses into the story, like eight love letters from the ill fated couple or an illustrated map of Verona. It also includes enough facts about the story to allow me a chance to talk to my kids about the story, and for them to ask me questions in return, for instance, who is Mercutio? Love it!