While we were in California, I seemed to pick up a ton of cool books for diplo-baby. Either I’m looking in the wrong places in the East Coast, or California is just better for these things, but we must have come home with at least six or seven new board books that were a new and cool take on telling a story.
Two of them were from this new series called Baby Lit, which I think I might adore even more than diplo-baby. They’re just starting out so there are only two on the market, Romeo and Juliet and Pride and Prejudice but there are more coming. What really makes these books stand out are the cool graphic designs that are big and colorful enough for baby but still interesting for the parents, and the fact that they’re written as counting primers (e.g. 2 star-crossed loves, 3 witnesses at the wedding, 8 love letters…) so not only are you getting the numbers in, it leaves you a lot of freedom to tell the story yourself. Seems like a lot more interesting for storytime than “This is a duck. See Duck in the pond. There are flowers. The end” (no joke, there are books like that). The board in the book itself is high quality with beautiful printing, and already we make sure that one of these is in the diaper bag at all times for portable entertainment. It’s been a couple of months now and they’re still not old to her.
Looks like Alice in Wonderland and Jane Eyre are next on tap but I’m hoping even more are on the way – More more more! They’re available in hard copy format, or also on ipad directly from the publisher, Gibbs Smith. While I’m pretty much a fan of physical books that kids should get used to, I bet having them on the ipad makes for a cooler diversion than solitaire since the e-versions have some interactive features (like picking Lizzie’s dress) and readings of parts of the story by Shakespearean actors. Sometimes making children’s versions of adult things can come off as pretentious to me at least, this strikes the right balance. These are after all the classics.
All images from Gibbs Smith.