Since I’m focusing on reading books inspired by classic writer, Jane Austen, I figured I’d highlight some of the different types of classic literature available for youngsters and teens.
This isn’t an exhaustive list, just what I could find on my shelves (which is more than I thought when I had this idea, haha) and of course, most of it is Austen-related. I know classics aren’t for everyone, but there are a lot of different options and formats out there to help young readers (heck, and older ones) decide if they want to pursue more classic literature!
For Younger Readers
Cozy Classics by Jack and Holman Wang – these board books feature photographs of adorable wool art and focus on simple vocabulary with scenes from the story.
So far I only own the Pride and Prejudice edition but I’d like to get my hands on more.
BabyLit – another brand of board books which use scenes from classics and essential themes such as rhymes, colors, feelings, etc.
I’m slowly trying to collect all of these, focusing on my favorites first.
Classics Unfolded – these can be appreciated by older readers too, but their simplicity and bold artwork make them eye-catching for younglings.
Ghastly Dandies by Ben Gibson – an adorable adventure where monsters romp through classic tales.
For Middle-Grade and Teen Readers
Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland (Stickfiguratively Speaking) by Jaimson Odone – a graphic novel-esque retelling of Alice with illustrations by Odone.
Hopefully, we get more in this series in the future!
Marvel Comics – Northanger Abbey by Nancy Butler – so far I’ve found 4 comics in the Marvel series. Really hoping they make versions of Persuasion and Mansfield Park too, so I can complete the set.
Pride and Prejudice and Zombies by Jane Austen and Seth Grahame-Smith – there are a variety of these re-imaginings, including Android Karenina and Sense, Sensibility and Sea Monsters. They’re great for those of us looking for a little fantasy/sci-fi added into our classics.
To Be or Not To Be by Ryan North – who doesn’t love a good choose your own adventure? Now add in North’s humor and Shakespeare, along with some excellent illustrations and you have an awesome combination. He does Romeo and Juliet too!
Puffin Pixels – classic children’s chapter books with excellent cover art and some bonus materials in the back such as character lists, author facts and vocabulary. These are appropriate for boys and girls, of course, but I appreciate that the video-game theme could be more eye-catching for male readers, to help them gain interest in classics too.
Barnes and Noble Classics – I have several of these because I love the look of them. They’re usually illustrated with ribbon bookmarks too.
Pop-Up Sherlock Holmes – another edition courtesy of Barnes and Noble. It contains two unabridged stories and some quirky little pop-up features. It really helps break up the reading and adds an interactive element.
Let me know if you found this list helpful! Please point me in the direction of any other interesting classics, as I’m always on the hunt to add to my collection.
Also, if you’re interested in some classic reading recommendations for teens, specifically related to what classics they might be interested in, check out this great list over on Pages Unbound!