For this month's Top Ten Picture Books, I'm going to feature Jennifer Adams and her brilliant collection of baby board books based off of classic novels.
If you want to instill a love of literature in your children very early, this is a great way to start (especially since we no longer have Wishbone, a fact that fills me with sadness). BabyLit Primers include books such as Jane Eyre, Sherlock Holmes, and Don Quixote.
The picture board books don't summarize the novels they are based on -- that would be too difficult for a baby. Instead, they're written on themes: Wizard of Oz is a color primer that uses characters like Dorothy and the Scarecrow to teach baby colors; Wuthering Heights is about weather; etc.
Not only are these books great to have in your library (imagine if you owned the grown-up version of each of the picture books you have, so baby can transition to the novels when she gets old enough. What fun!)
They also make great gifts. One Christmas, my mom put two in each of the grand-kids' stockings. The kids (and the adults) were excitedly reading them all to see how they were all different.
It added a distinctive touch of culture to our holidays. Actually, just thinking about it is making me terribly homesick. We always loved great literature growing up.
I definitely recommend these books for baby showers. It'll make you look intelligent, and the mom-to-be will appreciate your help in encouraging education and literature in her young one.
There are 23 books in the series, but for the purposes of this article, I could only post by top ten favorites. I hope to own them all someday, and I look forward to any more she might decide to write!
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