We hand-picked this because: these books are a baby-friendly way to introduce your little one to literature from time-honored authors like Shakespeare, Jane Austen, and Sir Arthur Conan Doyle. Clever suggestions at the rich classics you love combined with beautiful illustrations and subtle lessons such as counting make these books just as fun for you to read as they are for baby.
edgar gets ready for bed - a first steps book
Meet the plucky toddler Edgar the Raven! He’s mischievous, disobedient, and contrary. Dinnertime, cleanup-time, and bedtime are all met with one word: NEVERMORE! But as the evening winds to a close, Edgar’s mom knows just what to do to get her son into bed—a bedtime story. Inspired by Edgar Allan Poe’s “The Raven.”
the jungle book - animals primer
Venture deep into the jungle on an animal-naming safari hunt in Jungle Book: A BabyLit Animals Primer. Spy a sneaky snake, a lazy bear, and a proud panther before roaring like a tiger into the night. Jennifer Adams’s carefully curated quotations provide the best of Rudyard Kipling’s descriptions of Kaa, Baloo, Bagheera, Shere Khan and more while teaching little ones the characteristics of these colorful jungle animals.
pride and prejudice - counting primer
Introduce your little bibliophile to the romantic world of Jane Austen in Pride & Prejudice: A BabyLit Counting Primer. Stroll through 1 English village to meet 2 rich gentlemen and discover what happens when the 5 Bennet sisters encounter 4 marriage proposals! Alison Oliver’s charming illustrations accompany Jennifer Adams’ clever, simple text to make this take on a beloved classic perfect for little ones.
sherlock holmes - sounds primer
Delight your little one with the sounds and sights of a mysterious night in Sherlock Holmes in the Hound of Baskervilles: A BabyLit Sounds Primer. Alison Oliver’s bold illustrations correspond with Jennifer Adams’ clever, simple text to create pairings little bibliophiles will love to have read to them, such as “hounds howl,” “gates screech,” and “stairs creak.”
anna karenina - fashion primer
Introduce your little fashionista to classic fashions in Anna Karenina: A BabyLit Fashion Primer. Elegant illustrations of beautiful gowns, uniforms, hats, gloves, cloaks and more are paired with quotes from Little Master Tolstoy’s masterpiece to create a sophisticated book full of the finest fashions.
jabberwocky - nonsense primer
The slithy toves and borogoves invite you to take an adventure through the tumtum trees in Jabberwocky: A BabyLit Nonsense Primer. Jennifer Adams cleverly pulls text from Little Master Carroll’s original poem and pairs it with Alison Oliver’s bright and cheery illustrations to create a whimsical tale.
romeo & juliet - counting primer
Get swept away by Little Master Shakespeare’s tale of two star-crossed lovers in Romeo & Juliet: A BabyLit Counting Primer. Count friends, kisses, love letters, and roses in this charming retelling of Shakespeare’s famous story of young love. Since parting from such a lovely little book will certainly bring feelings of sweet sorrow, you may find yourself re-reading till it be morrow!
dracula - counting primer
Meet 2 friends, Mina and Lucy, and the 5 heroes who try to save them from the dreaded Count Dracula in Dracula: A BabyLit Counting Primer. Make sure you’re wearing a necklace of 10 garlic flowers as you count wolves, ships, tombstones, and boxes full of soil in this witty retelling of Little Master Stoker’s classic gothic tale.
a christmas carol - colors primer
Take a walk with the Ghosts of Christmas Past, Present, and Yet to Come in Little Master Dickens’ A Christmas Carol: A BabyLit Colors Primer. See old Jacob Marley shaking silver chains, gold stars shining around the Ghost of Christmas Past, and a red scarf keeping Tiny Tim warm. This bright retelling of a Christmas classic will scare any “bah, humbug” feelings away.
huckleberry finn - camping primer
Take a trip downriver in Huckleberry Finn: A BabyLit Camping Primer. Alison Oliver’s crisp illustrations help little ones learn camping vocabulary such as “raft,” “river,” and “fishing line” while Jennifer Adams’s carefully curated quotations from the original text will have parents reading with the soft, twangy accent of Mark Twain.
sense and sensibility - opposites primer
Observe the life and loves of the Dashwood sisters, Elinor and Marianne, in Sense & Sensibility: A BabyLit Opposites Primer. Learn the difference between big Norland Park and little Barton Cottage, happy Mr. Willoughby and sad Colonel Brandon, while hoping that one day Elinor and Marianne will leave their single days behind them and celebrate worthy marriages.
alice in wonderland - colors primer
Follow the white rabbit down the hole and drink from the purple bottle to meet an orange cat, a blue caterpillar, a mad hatter with a brown hat, and the queen of red hearts in Alice in Wonderland: A BabyLit Color Primer. Kids will love Alison Oliver’s colorful and cheeky illustrations bringing life to Little Master Carroll’s beloved children’s classic.
wuthering heights - weather primer
Watch Wuthering Heights endure the unpredictable weather of the Yorkshire moors in Wuthering Heights: A BabyLit Weather Primer. From sunny and breezy to windy and stormy, each page features charming illustrations by Alison Oliver and quotes from Little Miss Bronte selected by Jennifer Adams to describe the different types of weather Heathcliff and Catherine experience while strolling the grounds.
jane eyre - counting primer
Spend a day with the humble governess of Thornfield Hall in Jane Eyre: A BabyLit Counting Primer. Count candles, chalkboards, pearls, and books on your adventure through Mr. Rochester’s mysterious manor.
moby dick - ocean primer
Little Master Melville teaches little ones the language of the sea in Moby-Dick: An Ocean Primer. From ships and sailors to squawking gulls and moody good captains, Alison Oliver’s brilliant illustrations and Jennifer Adams’ clever, simple text will make a sea dog out of any young shipmate.
edgar and the tattle-tale heart - a first steps book
Edgar the Raven is at it again in this spirited story with some important lessons. What will Edgar do when he accidentally breaks a statue sitting on a dresser? Will his sister, Lenore, tattle on him? Will Edgar tell his mother the truth? Inspired by Edgar Allan Poe's "The Tell-Tale Heart," little lit lovers will delight in this new adventure with characters illustrated in a most "poe-etic" way.
the wizard of oz - colors primer
There’s more to the story than just lions, tigers, and bears – there are also so many colors to explore! From the wicked witch and her evil black dress, to the good witch Glinda and her bright pink socks, you’ll find all of the familiar characters of Oz decked out in brilliant technicolor
frankenstein - anatomy primer
Arms, legs, eyes, mouth… part by part they all make up the Frankenstein monster in this charming anatomy primer. And you may just learn that he isn’t all that different from the rest of us, as he chomps on strawberries and enjoys reading some great literature! One thing’s for sure – there’s nothing scary about this toddler-friendly retelling of Mary Shelley’s classic novel.
goodnight mr. darcy - a baby lit parody
The adored children’s classic Goodnight Moon gets a classic lit makeover in this charming parody of Jane Austen’s Pride and Prejudice novel. All of Austen’s much-loved characters are at the Netherfield Ball… In the great ballroom, there was a country dance, and a well-played tune, and Elizabeth Bennet; and Mr. Darcy surprised, by a pair of fine eyes… And don’t forget Jane with a blush and Mr. Bingley turning to much, and a gossiping mother and a father saying hush!
About Baby Lit
With the perennial popularity of classic writers like Lewis Carroll, Charlotte Bronte, Jane Austen, and William Shakespeare, BabyLit® is a fashionable way to introduce your toddler to the world of classic literature. With clever, simple text paired with stylish design and illustrations, these board books are a must for every savvy parent’s nursery library. Recently featured on the front page of the Sunday New York Times!
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