My Toddler Loves Jane Eyre: A Series of Board Books For Brilliant Babies By Jennifer Adams and Alison Oliver

My Two-Year-Old Son, Brucie Loves The Baby Lit Board Book Series!

Title: Jane Eyre: A Series of Board Books For Brilliant Babies
Author: Jennifer Adams
Art By: Alison Oliver
Published by Gibbs Smith
Jennifer’s Info: Website | Twitter | Pinterest
Alison’s Info: Website | Facebook |Blog
Buy The Book: Amazon


With the perennial popularity of classic writers like Charlotte Brontë and Lewis Carroll, Baby Lit™ is a fashionable way to introduce your toddler to the world of classic literature. With clever, simple text by Jennifer Adams, paired with stylish design and illustrations by Sugar’s Alison Oliver, Little Miss Brontë and Little Master Carroll are a must for every savvy parent’s nursery library.

Jennifer Adams is the author of a dozen books including Remarkably Jane: Notable Quotations on Jane Austen and the popular Y Is for Yorick: A Slightly Irreverent ABC Book for Grown-Ups. Jennifer works as a writer and editor in Salt Lake City.

Alison Oliver runs Sugar design studio. Alison’s design portfolio includes everything from logos to packaging and product design for clients such as Chronicle Books, Citibabes, Aerie, as well as Gibbs Smith. She lives in Manhattan.

A series of board books for brilliant babies. (Summary provided by Gibbs Smith.)

My Thoughts:

I am in love with this book by Jennifer Adams and Alison Oliver, and so is Brucie, my two-year-old son. Jane Eyre: A Series of Board Books For Brilliant Babies is one of the most unique educational board books for babies and toddlers that I have ever laid eyes on. The illustrations are breathtaking and the content is amazing. Each page has a Jane Eyre inspired item or concept for kids to count. Some of the words and concepts included for children to count and explore are governess, towers, chalkboards, and insects. Of course, characters from the classic novel are included as well. I loved hearing Brucie point at a picture in the book and say excitedly,”Mr. Rochester!” I exploded with nerd girl pride. Since reading it the first time Brucie has brought it up to me to read with him over and over again. “Read Jane Eyre Mom”! One of the things that makes this board book so great is that it is interactive. Children are encouraged to count as they read. Brucie quickly caught on and can also read it independently, counting each object as he turns the pages.

I plan to keep this book as an heirloom for my grandchildren to enjoy one day. The illustrations and story content is that gorgeous. Also, I foresee myself going on a Baby Lit shopping spree soon and buying every book in the series! Here are a couple of photos of Brucie and me reading this divine book:

Brucie Loves to Count!

Say Cheese!

FTC Disclosure:I received a complimentary copy of the book used in this post from the publisher. I also receive a small commission from any purchases made through the link in this post.


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Photo: Tough Guy

Tough Guy

A couple of Fridays ago my five-year-old British was all dressed up to go out to dinner. He had on a new outfit complete with hat and aviators. He was so proud of himself. Sneaking glances in the mirrored background of the china cabinet. Dancing around when he thought we weren’t looking. At one point he may have moon walked. Finally, he tugged on my dress and asked me to take his picture. I was shocked. He never wants his picture taken.

I happily obliged him. I got out my iPhone and said, “Say cheese!” He just stared at me. “C’mon, smile,’ I said. Still no smile. “Oh, I get it. You’re a tough guy,” I laughed while I snapped the picture. He took a quick look at the photo and ran off to play with his little brother.

Later that night I eventually got him to smile:

Mandy British Smile

Pictured Above: British and I

Apparently five-year-olds are more likely to smile with a little Mexican cuisine in their bellies. Who knew?


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Waiting for The Instructions: It’s Way More Exciting Than Waiting For Godot.

The Instructions Causes a Franzen-Sized Frenzy in TRBC

Those of you that stop by on a regular basis may remember me mentioning The Rumpus Book Club. For those of you who are not familiar with my fanatic love for TRBC, it’s an online book club that sends its members an early release every month. There is also a pretty awesome email chat group that goes with the club. Anyway, for the past week or two the book club has been all abuzz with anticipation for the arrival of The Instructions by Adam Levin. Much of the anticipation is due to the size of the book. At 1,024 pages, The Instructions is a monster. On top of all that, the cover art is beautiful. And here’s the kicker: and other bookstores started selling it ahead of the official release date. So, RBC members started seeing it in public and getting antsy. Actually antsy is an understatement. The group developed severe McSweeney’s (publisher of The Instructions) inspired cabin fever. Members were at first timidly requesting to know when the books were mailed. Then the tone of the requests became a little demanding… After each request, Stephen Elliott (Editor-in-Chief of The Rumpus, Author of Many Books) assured everyone that the books were mailed book rate and that they would probably take a week or so to reach us. Meanwhile, Isaac Fitzgerald (Managing Editor of The Rumpus) posted a teaser picture of The Instructions next to a can of Tecate Light. The book was nearly as thick as the can. Everyone went nuts.

My Brilliant Plan

Being the smart ass that I am, I decided to order a second copy of the book via next day shipping from I was going to pretend that it was my TRBC copy and post a picture of myself to the blog with a caption saying something like “Hey everybody! Suck it! Mine came today!” Because my aura is black For whatever reason Fed Ex got lost and could not find my house. So, I just got the copy today. Guess what else came today? Yep. My Rumpus copy came as well.

I think everyone probably knows what this means!There’s a The Instructions giveaway in future of

Hmmm. I wonder how The Instructions sizes up to an 11 month old’s head?

Let’s see how it sizes up to a 3yr old’s!

Okay, that’s all for now. Many thanks to The Rumpus Book Club for making reading such a fun and exciting experience for so many people!


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