I do my best to read to my daughter every night before bed. I do. Sometimes, though, it feels like I’m sifting through a desert of already-read children’s books, thirsting for some literary quenching. I kid you not, I’ve made sure Frances had her bread and jam. I’ve memorized bidding the moon good night. I’ve seen all there is to see with a bear that is brown. I’ve Chicka chicka boomed way past bedtime. I’ve even kept a careful eye over a Corduroy cutie to make sure he was alright until the morning.
When I first heard about KinderGuides, promoted as: “a series of illustrated children’s books that introduce some of the most iconic works of classic literature to young readers,” I was chomping at the bit to get my hands on one of these glorious beacons of light in a dark book ocean. KinderGuides is the brain love-child of Fredrik Colting and Melissa Medina, co-founders of the new publishing company Moppet Books. This October, they are releasing four MAJOR titles: KinderGuides for Breakfast at Tiffany’s, 2001: A Space Odyssey, On the Road, and The Old Man and the Sea. The books aim to reach children ages six to ten years old.
I'm a classics lover, but my first iconic tale, Wuthering Heights by Emily Bronte, was a challenging read when I was nine. I honestly couldn’t tell you if I even understood or grasped the meanings, emotions, or storylines. As a child, I just wanted to play my Gameboy all day, but when my mom decided electronics were rotting my brain she said, “no Gameboy or TV, go read a book,” and it happened to be the first book that I picked up. It wasn’t until a few years, and a few reads later that I internalized and fell in love with the story. I have no doubt in my mind that if KinderGuides existed in my childhood, I would have fallen in love at a much earlier age. Fredrik and Melissa are also planning to introduce future titles: To Kill a Mockingbird, The Alchemist, Pride & Prejudice and *gasp* Wuthering Heights (swoon), among others.
While the age range of these books is a bit older than my kiddos, I am beyond excited to introduce these reads to them. When faced with the decision to read Purple Unicorn Butterfly for the twelfth time to my three-year-old daughter, who wants to be an astronaut and fly a rocket, no offense to Purple Unicorn Butterflies, but we’re picking up KinderGuides 2001: A Space Odyssey, instead. And to her future Twelfth grade English Lit. teacher….you’re welcome.