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Classics for the Littlest Literature Lover

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"I think I'll take a look at Oliver Twist when I'm done with Pride and Prejudice."
Also, note Britton's shirt, which features the four main characters from Jane Austen's classic. (Thanks, Auntie Amb!)

(Before I go any further, the English teacher in me has to point out that I know that "littlest" isn't a word. But somehow, the "smallest literature lover" didn't have the same ring, so forgive me this time!)

Reading keeps me sane. Seriously.

When I go more than a day or two without reading something--even if it's just the Reader's Digest at my parents' house from 1998--I feel as if my brain is atrophying.

Reading is a huge part of my life, and I want to pass that love along to my daughter.


While Sheep in a Jeep and Pat the Bunny may be modern children's classics, I'm all about incorporating the classic classics into Britton's library whenever I can.

Who says that a baby or toddler can't enjoy Shakespeare, Bronte, or Melville? There are so many cool things available these days that can help you introduce some of the world's best-loved books to your little one.


The Cozy Classics series include Moby Dick, Oliver Twist, Pride and Prejudice, and Jane Eyre. The (super) abridged story of each classic has twelve words--one for each page--and an accompanying photograph. The photographs focus on a felted character or two, so I feel like the characters are very appropriate for small children and pre-readers.


Another series that I love for Britton is the Baby Lit series. One of my friends got her the Wuthering Heights Weather Primer as a baby gift, and, when I saw it, I immediately put the rest of the Baby Lit books on Britton's Christmas list. These books also break down the complicated stories of classics (like Romeo and Juliet, Alice in Wonderland and Dracula) into a few words. The twist with the Baby Lit books is that there's a theme for each: some are counting books, some focus on colors, and some teach opposites. I love that the classics get a new twist with additional learning.


Unemployed Philosophers' Guild Little Thinkers and Puppets. I used these ALL the time when I was teaching--even at the college level--and they were a hit every single time. Who doesn't love a cuddly Sherlock Holmes or a loveable Emily Dickenson? So far, Britton has William Shakespeare, Emily Dickenson, Edgar Allen Poeand Sherlock Holmes, and I have my eye on Queen Elizabeth and Virginia Woolf (we'll skip over Woolf's plethora of romances and her untimely end).


Little Bookwormz has onesies and t-shirts that advertise your baby's favorite authors. Will he or she love Edgar Allen Poe, Langston Hughes, Jane Austen, or William Shakespeare?

If you (or someone you know) loves books--or just wants to give your baby something different--I'd highly suggest any or all of the above books and items. Just remember, literature is awesome!
baby pride and prejudice
Britton's reading the Cozy Classics' version of Pride and Prejudice

Do you have a favorite classic novel? Share below--I love talking about books! (Mine is a three-way tie between Bronte's Wuthering Heights, Stoker's Dracula, and Poe's Tales of the Grotesque and Arabesque, which is really a collection of short stories, but I'm counting it anyway...can you tell that I like creepy things?!)