Kickstart Your Kids’ Love of Classic Lit With KinderGuides

October 16, 2016 | By Brent Almond | DESIGN STUFF, THINGS MY KID DIGS

KinderGuides book giveaway

As both a designer and a daddy, I’m always on the lookout for exceptionally nifty children’s books. When I find one that’s also well written or has a unique concept, I count myself lucky. And if my son happens to really dig it, I know I’ve struck story time gold!

I’ve discovered some top-notch nuggets in KinderGuides — a book series that retells classic literature in kid-friendly* text and gorgeous illustrations. The imprint includes 4 contemporary classics — Breakfast at Tiffany’s, 2001: A Space Odyssey, On The Road and The Old Man and the Sea — with many more planned for future publication.

In addition to a simplified version of the plot, each book includes author bios, glossary of key terms, character profiles, and a short quiz for discussion with parents or teachers. Think of them as Cliffs Notes for cool kids — with lots of pretty pictures.

Speaking of pretty pictures… here are a few of my favorite spreads from the series. Each book features a different illustrator — the pairings are spectacular and spot-on; the artwork setting the tone for each unique story. (Click to embiggen)

KinderGuides Old Man and the Sea

KinderGuides Breakfast at Tiffany's

KinderGuides 2001: A Space Odyssey

While education and artistry are all well and good, I find myself enjoying KinderGuides most because they break up the monotony of the same old sleepy moons, escaped bunnies, and gluttonous caterpillars that have populated so many storytimes in our house. And how cool will it be at the next PTA meeting to mention my kid just finished reading Kerouac? 😉

3 WAYS TO GET YOUR OWN SET OF THESE MINI-MASTERPIECES:

Pre-order them from Amazon
Buy them directly from KinderGuides.com
WIN THEM BY ENTERING THE GIVEAWAY BELOW! (multiple ways to enter)

 

a Rafflecopter giveaway

Contest ends at midnight (ET) Friday, October 21.

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Update:
KinderGuides just won the gold medal for Best Book Series, Picture Book at the 2016 Moonbeam Awards!

*Though the title may imply these are for the 5 and under set, the publisher recommends the books for ages 6-12.

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5 responses to “Kickstart Your Kids’ Love of Classic Lit With KinderGuides”

  1. Matthew Sylva says:

    Breakfast at Tiffany’s is my ALL TIME FAVORITE and I would love to see how that translates to a children’s book.

  2. Ariel Isenberg says:

    I can’t wait to see how they adapted “On the Road”

  3. Shauna says:

    These books look amazing! I love introducing my kids early in their life so they can grow up knowing these great stories! I would like to see Jane Austen or The Bronte sisters stories.

  4. Tori Michel says:

    I would love to see one of these for Hitchhikers Guide to the Galaxy! (Ps, rafflecopter hates mobile!)

    • Brent Almond says:

      Tori:
      Ooh, good one! 🙂 And yeah, I did know that the widget doesn’t show up as more than a little link on mobile — but did you have trouble beyond that?
      Thanks!
      Brent

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