This post is inspired by my new job in the baby industry. As a single non-mother this new world that I've entered has been slightly difficult to relate to so I'm gathering inspiration and insight from as many sources as possible. I have learned from reading copious baby blogs that mothers are really into board books by Baby Lit.
The Baby Lit books are designed to introduce the literary classics to the youngest readers and teach them about other topics along the way. Before I read through one of these books I literally thought these books were the "cliff notes" versions of these classic stories. No no, these books use the elements of each story to teach little kids about colors, counting, animals and so on. Much better for the young, easily distracted minds of toddlers. Authored by Jennifer Adams and illustrated by Alison Oliver.
Here is the breakdown of all of the books educational themes.
Wizard of Oz, Alice in Wonderland and A Christmas Carol teach kids about color. Pride and Prejudice, Romeo & Juliet, Jane Eyre and Dracula teach counting. Frankenstein-Anatomy, The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn-Camping, The Jungle Book-Animals, Sherlock Holmes-sounds, Anna Karenina-Fashion, Jabberwocky-Nonsense, Moby Dick-The Ocean, Sense and Sensibility-Opposites and Wuthering Heights is the weather.
As long as I can remember I have loved reading, and I've known that when I have kids I want them to love books and reading too. As soon as I have a baby I am going to run out and buy all of these books like a crazy mom would do. I love the lessons they teach kids while planting the seed of the classic stories in them. Brilliant!
Alison Oliver of Sugar Illustration and Design Studio illustrated all of these books. Her style is truly mesmerizing. I love that her style is very simplistic yet detailed in its own way and overwhelmingly friendly. You can see spreads of the books like these here on her website. I enjoy being able to preview a book that is full of pictures, not just the cover. That is the only downfall of the Baby Lit website, is that they only show the cover. I ventured over to Alison Oliver's site to find that she has numerous shots of the insides of each and every book. If you like these books you should follow her blog because she shows sneak peeks when a new book is about to come out! I can't wait for the new ones to come out soon!
For now, we must count friends, kisses, love letters and roses until the new books are released. Enter the world of Baby Lit!