BabyLit is a unique way of introducing classic literature to your children in beautiful well crafted board books. They invite children into the world of Shakespeare, Jane Austin, Lewis Carroll and many more wonderful authors.
I was given the opportunity to review Jane Eyre by Jennifer Adams (Art by Alison Oliver), a brilliantly designed counting primer for toddlers. Jane Eyre is a classic novel written by Charles Bronte; a book whose character was the element of feminine individualism who embraced freedom as one of her core values. A story about love, determination, strong will and devotion; it has always been an incredibly impressive novel. It was interesting to see the various elements of it being placed into a counting primer for children, but Jennifer Adams and Alison Oliver do a remarkable job capturing the essence of the novel while making it accessible for children.
The book is pretty simple as it counts to 10 various things from Jane Eyre, books, luggage, characters, etc. The illustration is delightful and inviting in its calm blues and red tones. I actually had this book to review with my son, but one day I had my niece over to visit and something remarkable happened.
First I have to explain that my niece is severely autistic and although she is roughly the same age as my son, she has the mental grasp of an 18mo old. She’s always moving and has trouble focusing at times. I had this book out during her stay and she had come across it randomly, the next thing I knew she was calmly sitting on the floor turning the pages one by one by one; focused intently on the illustrations and the bigger numbers. It was so fascinating watching her go from constantly moving to fixed, calm and intent. I would have thought it was just an odd occurrence, but on her birthday I brought her the book as a gift and she took it out of its basket, walked away from everyone and sat down to read it.
Books can do amazing things.
BabyLit has an assortment of books, even the fun and delightful holiday stories like Dracula and A Christmas Carol. They are not only stories you can read with your children, but ones that they often like to flip through themselves. The style of the board book makes it easy for children just learning to develop fine motor skills and also keeps it sturdy for those that love nothing more than to toss them around.
You can also purchase prints from BabyLit, a compliment to your children’s favorite books!