Cozy Classics

COZY CLASSICS RE-LAUNCH WITH CHRONICLE BOOKS!

Cozy Classics has re-launched with Chronicle Books!

In spring 2016, our brand new title, Great Expectations, was released along with re-issued versions of Pride and Prejudice, War and Peace, and Moby Dick. Each re-issued title features the brand new cover you see below, as well as a whole new interior book design (although the 12 interior photographs and 12 words remain the same).

Order the new titles here!

New Covers

 

The Nutcracker is our new title for fall 2016, which will be released along with re-issued versions of Emma, The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn, and Les Misérables. The new title for spring 2017 is The Wizard of Oz, which will be released along with re-issued versions of The Adventures of Tom Sawyer, Jane Eyre, and Oliver Twist.

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If you want extra help sharing our books with your children, like story synopses, character lists and quotes from the novels, just go to Books on our Cozy Classics website.

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SPRING 2016

Give a kid a classic! Cozy Classics is the popular board book series presenting well-loved stories through 12 child-friendly words and 12 needle-felted illustrations.

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The orphan Pip receives a mysterious fortune and heads to the city to become a gentleman. Will his new-found riches help him win the heart of the girl he loves?

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After Mr. Darcy refuses to dance with Elizabeth, he has a change of heart. Will Elizabeth overcome her first impressions and accept his offer of marriage?

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When Ishmael joins the whale ship Pequod, he meets a mysterious captain named Ahab. Will Ahab succeed in his quest to find the whale that took his leg?

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As Napoleon moves into Russia, Andrei and Pierre, two men who love the same woman, fight to save their country. Which man will Natasha choose?

FALL 2016

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Maria receives a nutcracker for Christmas, it magically comes alive after she falls asleep. What adventures await her in the Land of Sweets?

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After going from rags to riches, Jean Valjean rescues Cosette from a life of misery. But will they escape the mysterious man who appears from Valjean’s past?

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Despite Mr. Knightley’s objections, Emma is determined to see her friend Harriet married to a gentleman. Will Emma succeed in making the match?

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After running away from home, Huck meets a man who is making his own escape. Will Huck find the courage to help Jim reach freedom?

SPRING 2017

A terrible cyclone sweeps Dorothy and her dog Toto to the Land of Oz. Can her strange new friends help Dorothy get back to Kansas?

Tom is an imaginative boy who is always getting into trouble. Will he and Huck survive the storm? Will he and Becky escape the cave?

After moving to Thornfield Hall, Jane discovers that Mr. Rochester is hiding a terrible secret. Will she still marry the man she loves?

After years of hardship in an orphanage, Oliver runs away to London, where he joins a gang of pickpockets. Will he escape a life of crime?

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Classics never go out of style—that’s what makes them classic. Cozy Classics is the popular board book series that presents well-loved stories to children aged 0+. The concept for Cozy Classics is simple: every classic in the series will be condensed to 12 child-friendly words, and each word will appear alongside a needle-felted illustration. Each word is carefully selected to relate to a child’s world, such as “friends”, “sisters”, “dance”, “muddy”, “boat”, and “leg”. The books work as word primers, even without any reference to the original stories. If you, as a parent, can fill in some of the original tale as part of the reading experience, so much the better!

The series will invigorate the genre of the infant primer whose usual concept categories—colors, numbers, shapes, animals, and so on—have become overly familiar. By presenting words that not only introduce simple concepts but create a narrative, Cozy Classics offers a fresh take on the infant primer. Parents will be able to foster a rich and compelling storytelling experience that will expand, elaborate, and grow as their children grow.

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We want to be clear about one thing: Cozy Classics are not intended to provide babies with any kind of academic leg up. Our books are not meant to help you fast-track your toddler to Harvard! Unfortunately, in the minds of many, classics are associated with academics, but no classic was written for the classroom; every one was written to give pleasure. We prefer to get away from the classroom and have kids grow up thinking of The Great Books as great fun.

We hope that Cozy Classics—along with a vast army of other books—will help parents create a fun “literacy-rich environment” that will pave the way for success with reading. If parents present one of our word primers to their children with just that little extra bit of enthusiasm because they are sharing a story or characters they love themselves, then we will have done our tiny part in helping parents model an engaged and affectionate relationship with books.