Fiction Fridays: Baby Lit Books
If you haven’t seen these adorable baby board books from Jennifer Adams and Alison Oliver yet, then you are in desperate need of a trip to the bookstore. Pack up the little ones and get over there fast, because you just found your next baby shower gift: a Baby Lit book! Heck, who says you need to use it as a gift? Buy one of the Baby Lit books for your kids!
Okay, maybe you should read about what Baby Lit is and why it is so amazing before you rush out the door. Baby Lit is a series of board books that Adams and Oliver created to make the greatest literary fiction accessible to the tiniest of page turners. The great Baby Lit duo does this through creating primers out of classic Literature – Romeo and Juliet becomes a counting book surrounding one balcony and two loves, while Alice in Wonderland becomes a color primer involving a queen of red hearts.
So what’s so great about the Baby Lit books? I’m not sure if you even need anything besides the bare description to convince you that these are the best new board books around, but let me spend a few more minutes revealing the pure genius of this series. I’ll start with the art. Alison Oliver’s artwork is what I would call a poppy chic. The colors are vibrant, but paired with chic complimentary colors that make the covers an artistic addition to your child’s bedroom. And it’s not just the covers. Every page is a piece of art in itself, drawing your child’s eye immediately to the subject at hand while not overstimulating the youngest of readers. I can’t tell if the Oliver would be offended or flattered if she knew how I daydream about taking the books apart and using the pages as wall art in my future child’s room…
As fulfilling as Baby Lit books are when read as simply picture books, they are so much more. Jennifer Adams uses her knowledge and love of literary fiction to create counting and color primers for children that extend so far beyond the basic building blocks of education. The Baby Lit books start out as primers for the very young, but as kids grow older and crave more of a story, the books become a fantastic basis for adults to fill their little minds with the greatest stories of old. Whether your little one is asking how an orange cat is related to the queen of red hearts in Alice in Wonderland, or why one balcony and five friends ends in 10 kisses in Romeo and Juliet, your discussions is certain to lead down fun and revealing paths. A perfect book for the children of all book lovers out there who are set on indoctrinating their children with good, raw fiction from the moment they come out of the womb.
Are you out the door yet? No? Then go go go! Can’t because the little one is napping or throwing a tantrum? Don’t worry, I’ve got you covered. Just click on the book you’re interested in and it will take you directly over to Amazon so you can order the books from the comfort of home (or work…or even Starbucks!). This is a new feature which will consistently be available through The Naptime Nook.