The Little Books of the Little Brontës (Hardcover)
November/December 2023 Kids Indie Next List
“The Little Books of The Little Brontës is wonderful! An adorable telling of the lives of the Brontë siblings as children and their fascination with telling stories. This is a perfect biography for any child interested in storytelling!”
— Olivia Hoover, Book Passage, Corte Madera, CA
"Sara O’Leary’s new picture book biography reaffirms the endless inspiration to be mined from the fruitfully imaginative childhood of the Brontës. As children, amidst the turmoil of tuberculosis, grief, and separation, the siblings crafted worlds and stories from their father’s gifts, especially Branwell’s toy soldiers, which served as a springboard for their later writing. I adore the included instructions for how children can make their own little books. Budding artists of all kinds will be inspired by Briony May Smith’s darling illustrations of nineteenth-century Yorkshire."--Reviewed by Cristina
Many years ago, the four motherless children of the Brontë family — Charlotte, Branwell, Emily and Anne — lived in a windswept house by the moors with their father. Although their lives were often filled with sadness and their world was only as large as the distance they could walk, their INNER worlds were bound only by their imaginations. Hungry for stories, these children devoured novels and poetry, history and fables. And with the gift of a group of toy soldiers, they were inspired to make their own stories, and their own tiny books . . . a passion that would last them a lifetime.
A moving and atmospheric story about the power of imagination, the joy of storytelling and the love of books, The Little Books of the Little Brontës will enchant both those who love these literary sisters and those who are learning about them for the first time. Includes an author's note, timeline of the Brontës' lives and a fun craft with instructions on creating your own little book.
BRIONY MAY SMITH is the creator of The Mermaid Moon and Margaret's Unicorn, which has been licensed in ten countries and also appeared on the Indie Bestseller list. Her other published books in the U.S. include Imelda and the Goblin King, which the Wall Street Journal called "enchantingly illustrated." She lives in the UK.
"This charming celebration of reading and writing is one for the books." —STARRED REVIEW, Booklist
"Exquisitely crafted text and illustrations convey an emotionally resonant tale of resilient family bonds and the lasting joy of stories." —STARRED REVIEW, School Library Journal
"Achingly beautiful . . . A sublime blend of tender and thoughtfully playful writing and bucolic, rosy-cheeked mixed media illustrations, this is an exceptional picture book." —STARRED REVIEW, Quill & Quire
"Splendidly affirming for young readers, writers, and artists." —Kirkus Reviews
"A joyous, beguiling introduction to these Victorian writers." —The Horn Book
"[C]elebrates the joy of imagining, curating a positive message for children and adults alike." —Young Adulting
"The Little Books of The Little Brontës is wonderful! An adorable telling of the lives of the Brontë siblings as children and their fascination with telling stories. This is a perfect biography for any child interested in storytelling!” —Olivia Hoover, Book Passage, Corte Madera, CA