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