Gifts for the Cultured Child

My sister-in-law, Lauren, has impeccable taste. She’s that girl who pulls off the latest trends without trying too hard and gives pretty much the best gifts ever. Suffice it to say, she’s a classy gal and you should follow her on Pinterest.


Here’s what Aunt Lauren gave Mags for her birthday:

Please tell me you're squealing as much as I did when this came out of the wrapping paper!


This precious board book is a learn-to-count version of Pride and Prejudice. Jennifer Adams is the author and the book is illustrated by Alison Oliver. It’s one of a series called BabyLit books and, oh my stars, I cannot even begin to tell you how much I love it! It is high time someone came up with a way to introduce children to the glories of Jane Austen at an early age.


Seriously. Get a load of this! Isn’t it great?


Other titles in the series are Alice in Wonderland, a book about colors; Romeo and Juliet, also for counting; and – be still my heart – Jane Eyre. Introduce my child to Mr. Rochester at the age of two? Don’t mind if I do!


And if Pride and Prejudice isn’t enough culture for you, check out this great gift set!

Classic art meets clever poetry...what could be better?


All of the books in the set.


These books are absolutely gorgeous! In case you can’t read them all in the photo above, the titles in the set are, A Magical Day with Mattise, In the Garden with Van Gogh, Dancing with Degas, and A Picnic with Monet. Authors Julie Merberg and Suzanne Bober do a really great job of combining famous works of art with clever verses to actually create a plot that’s worth following. I am a self-proclaimed poetry snob and I have found absolutely no fault with the rhymes in these books. They’re clever and sensitive; not at all trite or contrived like some books we’ve read.


So, if you’re in the market for a great baby shower or birthday gift for an incredibly well-rounded child, definitely check these books out! We’re always looking for great new finds, too, so if anyone has any other suggestions, shout ’em out!


*Note: I have no affiliation with the above authors, illustrators, or publishing companies. I just like me some books! The BabyLit books, including Pride and Prejudice are published by Gibbs Smith and you can check out more at The Mini Masters book set was published by Roundtable Press, Inc.