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Children’s Classic Literature- Kalia’s Library

Reading to Kalia is one of my favorite activities and so I go about collecting books I want her to read some day and building her library.  I save my findings on Pinterest (of course) 
I stumbled upon these beautiful classics redone with embroidery for the covers called Penguin Threads.  I love them and want every one for her library-  I do not buy books anymore, I read them on my iPad, so it is exciting to slowly build a collection again.  
I miss books and these stunning artistic covers on some of my favorite classics pieces of literature will be a wonderful way to get Kalia’s Library going!
 
Black Beauty by Anne Sewell, Emma by Jane Austen and The Secret Garden by Frances Hodgson Burnett (a favorite of my childhood!)  were all completed by the artist Jillian Tamaki.

The Wind in the Willows by Kenneth Grahame, Little Women by Louisa May Alcott  and The Wizard of Oz by L. Frank Baum were done by Rachell Sumpter

I read all the Oz stories as a child and cannot wait to return to that world again with my little girl.

What books do you recommend?  Let me know, I want a HUGE library for Kalia (as in Beast’s gift to Belle in Beauty and the Beast Huge 🙂




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  1. Jennifer Campbell

    May 21st, 2012 at 4:43 pm

    We love Tom Sawyer & Huck Finn!

  2. Laurel

    May 21st, 2012 at 8:49 pm

    Thanks Jennifer- those are great additions!

  3. ellysan

    May 22nd, 2012 at 5:27 am

    What about Beatrix Potter? Obviously, Alice in Wonderland and Thru the Looking Glass. The Red Pony. I'm thrilled that someone realizes the importance of actual hold in your hand books!!!

  4. Laurel

    May 22nd, 2012 at 6:31 pm

    She will of course have Alice 🙂

  5. Shelly

    May 22nd, 2012 at 3:44 pm

    These covers are beautifully done. These are traditional classics but are still on my "must have" list – James and the Giant Peach, The Dot and The Little Prince. There are so many… have fun building your sweeties library!

  6. Laurel

    May 22nd, 2012 at 6:32 pm

    I love Roald Dahl!! I have not heard of The Dot and pinned it so I remember! We already have the pop up book of The Little Prince, so much fun! Thank you for commenting!

  7. Shelly

    May 24th, 2012 at 2:12 am

    Oh, Charlotte's Web is a definite!

  8. Amy

    May 22nd, 2012 at 6:35 pm

    It's a new one but check out Gasparilla's Treasure by Scott Clements. A great adventure book for age 8+ (I'm 34 & couldn't put it down to be honest).
    I so love to see kids read, I can hardly wait to read more with my darling nephew 🙂

  9. Laurel

    June 3rd, 2012 at 3:30 am

    Thank you Amy! I had not heard of this book before!

  10. S

    August 24th, 2012 at 12:39 pm

    Around maybe 8 or 9 years old, I have distinct memories of reading the Anne of Green Gables series. http://www.amazon.com/Complete-Avonlea-Poplars-Rainbow-Ingleside/dp/0553609416

    Thanks for stopping by my blog, too!

  11. You TELL Me Stories

    August 15th, 2013 at 3:27 pm

    BEAUTIFUL! We're sharing your post later today on our Facebook and Twitter accounts.

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