15 Children's Books for Jane Austen Fans

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Jane Austen is one of those classic authors with an almost fanatic following (which we think she richly deserves!) If you swoon at the thought of Mr. Darcy or Mr. Knightley and feel your heart race whenever your hear the opening “It is a truth universally acknowledged…” we’ve compiled a list of Jane Austen inspired children’s books you’re sure to adore, whether you’re looking to raise the next generation of Jane Austen fans or are simply looking to add to your own collection. At what age can you read Jane Austen? Jane Austen novels are probably best saved for teenagers (the specific age depending on their maturity and reading level), but these books will tell you where to start with Jane Austen is in infancy!

Our list of Jane Austen for beginners include books actually about Jane Austen, such as Ordinary Extraordinary Jane Austen and Little People, Big Dream: Jane Austen, as well as Jane Austen adaptations of classics as board books, including the BabyLit series. We also venture into the realm of chapter books for elementary and middle grade readers including The Complete Jane Austen from Usborne for those readers who are ready for a little more.

Without further ado, dive in and find your new Jane Austen favorite for littles and let us know of any we may have missed!

Emma book
#1
Emma
Written by Jennifer Adams and illustrated by Alison Oliver
board book
Recommend Ages: 2-4
Thoughts from Readerly Mom

This book is a favorite in our house. The illustrations are darling and it’s fun for me as an Austen fan to see how the simple board book story really does loosely follow the plot of the original novel. Beyond the cute pictures, it’s been a useful tool for us as well. From the time my daughter was very young, well before she could talk, she learned to make the faces of each of the emotions, which gave her a fun way to participate in the book. As she got a little older, this book helped her to find a word for various emotions and talk about how she was feeling. I love the BabyLit series of board books, but I don’t love them all equally; this one is at the top of my list.

Step into the drama filled world of Jane Austin’s Emma: A BabyLit Emotions Primer. Your little one will learn about the meddling Emma Woodhouse, who takes it upon herself to become the village matchmaker, creating all sorts of feelings in others. Her friend’s emotions include Mr. Elton being angry, Miss Taylor becoming happy, while Jane Fairfax is tired.

Ordinary, Extraordinary Jane Austen book
#2
Ordinary, Extraordinary Jane Austen
Written by Deborah Hopkinson and illustrated by Qin Leng
picture book
Recommend Ages: 4-8
Thoughts from The Book Snob Mom

Beautifully illustrated in dreamy watercolor, this is a well-written and engaging tale of Jane Austen’s life that not only gives her life’s history in an approachable way, but also explains how she broke conventions to write about the ordinary rather than the dramatic, making it extraordinary in the way she wrote about it.

A gorgeous and inspiring picture book biography of Jane Austen, one of the most beloved writers of all time, from award-winning author Deborah Hopkinson. It is a truth universally acknowledged that Jane Austen is one of our greatest writers. But before that, she was just an ordinary girl. In fact, young Jane was a bit quiet and shy; if you had met her back then, you might not have noticed her at all. But she would have noticed you. Jane watched and listened to all the things people around her did and said, and locked those observations away for safekeeping. Jane also loved to read. She devoured everything in her father’s massive library and before long, she began creating her own stories. In her time, the most popular books were grand adventures and romances, but Jane wanted to go her own way…and went on to invent an entirely new kind of novel. Ordinary, Extraordinary Jane Austen includes a timeline and quotes from Austen’s most popular novels. Parents and grandparents, as well as teachers and librarians, will enjoy introducing children to Jane Austen through this accessible, beautifully packaged picture book.

Pride & Prejudice book
#3
Pride & Prejudice
Written by Jennifer Adams and illustrated by Alison Oliver
board book
Recommend Ages: 1-3
Thoughts from B is for Bookworm

This darling baby primer for Pride and Prejudice has gorgeous drawings and uses elements from the story to help little ones learn how to count! I especially like that there are some specifics in this otherwise simplified version, like quotes and names.

Introduce your little bibliophile to the romantic world of Jane Austen in Pride & Prejudice: A BabyLit® Counting Primer. Stroll through 1 English village to meet 2 rich gentlemen and discover what happens when the 5 Bennet sisters encounter 4 marriage proposals! Alison Oliver’s charming illustrations accompany Jennifer Adams’ clever, simple text to make this take on a beloved classic perfect for little ones.

Lit for Little Hands: Pride and Prejudice book
#4
Lit for Little Hands: Pride and Prejudice
Written by Brooke Jordan and Jane Austen and illustrated by David Miles
board book
Recommend Ages: 2-5
Thoughts from The Book Snob Mom

I’m totally biased because I’m quite an avid Jane Austen fan (Pride and Prejudice in particular!) but I love this book. There are tons of interesting interactive features that give little hands things to do while I read, which is important because there’s quite a bit of text per page, particularly if you read the excerpts. I love that there are actual quotes for the book! All that being said, my toddler pretty much just enjoys the interactive elements.

Filled with interactive wheels and pull-tabs and lavishly illustrated, Lit for Little Hands: Pride and Prejudice is an unprecedented kid’s introduction to Jane Austen’s beloved classic novel. Unlike many board books that tackle the classics, Lit for Little Hands tells the actual story in simple, engaging prose. Goregous pastoral illustrations transport the reader to the fields and estates of Lizzy’s England, while tons of interactive elements invite kids to spin the dancers at the ball, care for Jane, open a shocking letter, and more! Austen fans will be delighted by the book’s attention to detail and clever use of original dialog. And the book’s use of super-sturdy board means everyone can enjoy this tale of wit and romance over . . . and over . . . and over again!

Goodnight Mr. Darcy book
#5
Goodnight Mr. Darcy
Written by Kate Coombs and illustrated by Alli Arnold
board book
Recommend Ages: 2-4

The adored children’s classic Goodnight Moon gets a classic lit makeover in this charming parody of Jane Austen’s Pride and Prejudice novel. All of Austen’s much-loved characters are at the Netherfield Ball-

In the great ballroom, there was a country dance, and a well-played tune, and Elizabeth Bennett; and Mr. Darcy surprised, by a pair of fine eyes … And don’t forget Jane with a blush and Mr. Bingley turned to mush, and a gossiping mother and father saying hush.

  1. Little People, Big Dreams: Jane Austen - New in the Little People, Big Dreams series, discover the remarkable life of Jane Austen, the British novelist, in this true story of her life. Little Jane grew up in a big family that loved learning and she often read from her father’s library. In her teenage years she began to write in bound notebooks and craft her own novels. As an adult, Jane secretly created stories that shone a light on the British upper classes and provided a witty social commentary of the time, creating a new dialogue for female characters in books. With stylish and quirky illustrations and extra facts at the back, this empowering series celebrates the important life stories of wonderful women of the world. From designers and artists to scientists, all of them went on to achieve incredible things, yet all of them began life as a little child with a dream. These books make the lives of these role models accessible for children, providing a powerful message to inspire the next generation of outstanding people who will change the world!

  2. Cozy Classics: Pride & Prejudice - Cuddle up with a classic! In twelve needle-felted scenes and twelve child-friendly words, each book in this ingenious series captures the essence of a literary masterpiece. Simple words, sturdy pages, and a beloved story make these books the perfect vehicle for early learning with an erudite twist. Budding bookworms will delight in this clever retelling of the classics made just for them! In Jane Austen’s Pride and Prejudice, meet two devoted sisters, gossip about two rich and handsome friends, and ponder whether Elizabeth Bennet will say yes. It’s a first words primer for your literary little one! The Cozy Classics series is the brainchild of two brothers, both dads, who were thinking of ways to teach words to their very young children. They hit upon the classics as the basis for their infant primers, and the rest, as they say, is history. From Moby Dick to Pride and Prejudice, here are The Great Books of Western Literature for toddlers and their parents in board book form-mdash;a little bit serious, a little bit ironic, entirely funny and clever, and always a welcome gift.

  3. Complete Jane Austen - This beautifully illustrated book contains all seven of Jane Austen’s novels, beautifully retold as stories for children. The retellings are true to Austen’s elegant phrasing and language, while reducing and simplifying the stories for a young modern reader, and include quotations from the original text throughout. The perfect book for children studying Jane Austen, or those who simply enjoy reading wonderful stories. Each story has an introductory plate showing all the main characters and introducing the plot, as well as single and double plate illustrations depicting scenes from the story. Includes a section all about Jane Austen, her times and her other writings. An heirloom of the future, this beautiful book is richly produced to a standard this timeless classic deserves, with a padded Hardback cover, a ribbon marker and traditional binding.

  4. Where's Jane - Can you find Jane Austen hidden in ten scenes from her beloved novels? This beautiful new book introduces young children to Austen’s intriguing Georgian and Regency-era world, filled with all the makings of the best stories—sparky humor, legendary showdowns, secrets, love and triumph. Children spot the main characters in ten major scenes from Pride and Prejudice, Sense and Sensibility, Emma, Persuasion, Northanger Abbey, and Mansfield Park. First read a snappy synopsis of the story, then explore key stages through a simple, illustrated narrative as you meet the main characters. Next absorb the wonderfully detailed illustrations as you search for the characters and the elusive author in the big and bustling main artworks. Katy Dockrill creates the fun and engaging scenes that house Jane’s immortal characters, from imperious Lady Catherine to timid Fanny Price, wicked Mr Wickham to sensible Elinor Dashwood, and proud Mr Darcy to feisty Elizabeth Bennet. Getting to know them all will keep young readers enthralled for hours.

Sense & Sensibility book
#10
Sense & Sensibility
Written by Jennifer Adams and illustrated by Alison Oliver
board book
Recommend Ages: 2-4

Observe the life and loves of the Dashwood sisters, Elinor and Marianne, in Sense & Sensibility: A BabyLit Opposites Primer. Learn the difference between big Norland Park and little Barton Cottage, happy Mr. Willoughby and sad Colonel Brandon, while hoping that one day Elinor and Marianne will leave their single days behind them and celebrate worthy marriages.

Pride and Prejudice: A BabyLit Storybook book
#11
Pride and Prejudice: A BabyLit Storybook
Written by Stephanie Clarkson and illustrated by Annabel Tempest
picture book
Recommend Ages: 3-5

BabyLit Storybooks are a great way to introduce young readers to the classics, with easy to read storylines and bright illustrations. They are part of the bestselling BabyLit series, which provides a literary education for your brilliant children.

In Pride & Prejudice, children are invited into the Regency period to meet the Bennet sisters, Mr. Darcy, Mr. Bingley, and other beloved characters from Jane Austen’s classic tale. Elegant balls, surprise proposals, and a visit to Pemberley are just a few events to look forward to in this story about appearances, misunderstandings, and love. Quotes from the original text are woven throughout this retelling, and the imaginative artwork will engage readers of all ages. This is a book to be treasured throughout childhood and beyond.

BabyLit® primers have become the chic, smart way to introduce babies to the most beloved and readable literature of our time. Now presenting a delightful collection of hardcover lap books for early readers and their parents. Each book in the BabyLit Storybook series retells a story from literary canon with easy-to-follow text and engaging artwork. These delightful, engaging books are ideal for ages 3 to 7, with their oversized trim and sturdy pages, but will be enjoyed by children and adults alike.

Cozy Classics: Emma book
#12
Cozy Classics: Emma
Written by Jack Wang and illustrated by Holman Wang
board book
Recommend Ages: 0-3

Cuddle up with a classic! In twelve needle-felted scenes and twelve child-friendly words, each book in this ingenious series captures the essence of a literary masterpiece. Simple words, sturdy pages, and a beloved story make these books the perfect vehicle for early learning with an erudite twist. Budding bookworms will delight in this clever retelling of the classics made just for them! Jane Austen’s Emma tells of a well-to-do young lady who loves to play the matchmaker, and the many surprises she encounters as she attempts to secure a happy ending for her friends—and for herself. It’s a first words primer for your literary little one! The Cozy Classics series is the brainchild of two brothers, both dads, who were thinking of ways to teach words to their very young children. They hit upon the classics as the basis for their infant primers, and the rest, as they say, is history. From Moby Dick to Pride and Prejudice, here are The Great Books of Western Literature for toddlers and their parents in board book form—a little bit serious, a little bit ironic, entirely funny and clever, and always a welcome gift.

Brave Jane Austen book
#13
Brave Jane Austen
Written by Lisa Pliscou and illustrated by Jen Corace
picture book
Recommend Ages: 7-10

This picture book biography of the groundbreaking female novelist Jane Austen, recognized as one of the most important and influential writers of all time, is ideal for Women’s History Month. Full color.

Lizzy Bennet's Diary book
#14
Lizzy Bennet's Diary
Written and illustrated by Marcia Williams
chapter book
Recommend Ages: 8-12

Jane Austen’s beloved heroine Lizzy Bennet tells the story of Pride and Prejudice in her own words in an illustrated diary created by Marcia Williams.

When Lizzy Bennet’s father gives her a diary, she fancies she will use it to write a novel, as her real life is exceedingly dull. Then the handsome Mr. Bingley moves to nearby Netherfield Park, and suddenly life is every bit as thrilling as a novel would be. Who will he dance with at the Meryton ball? Who is his haughty friend? Will Lizzy ever receive a marriage proposal? Readers will have to read her diary to find out! Marcia Williams offers a lively introduction to Jane Austen’s Pride and Prejudice in a highly illustrated scrapbook-diary format, featuring such novelties as foldout notes from sisters and suitors, an elegant bill of fare, and an invitation to the ball.

  1. Pride and Prejudice - Since its publication in 1813, Pride and Prejudice’s blend of humor, romance, and social satire have delighted readers of all ages. In telling the story of Mr. and Mrs. Bennett and their five daughters, Jane Austen creates a miniature of her world, where social grace and the nuances of behavior predominate in the making of a great love story.

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