Kid lit: not just for kids anymore!
By Guest Blogger on October 10th, 2011
Nadia Almahdi stopped by OOM again after she read a great piece on Flavorwire about books meant for kids that adults love, too. Check out our picks!
Being the book lover that I am, when I ride the subway, I always take notice of what people around me are reading. Lately, I’ve noticed a lot of adults reading Young Adult books, including some of our favorites, like The Hunger Games trilogy and the Shiver trilogy. And then I came across an article on Flavorwire naming 10 children’s books that are good reads for adults. Their list included The Little Prince by Antoine de Saint-Exupéry, Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland by Lewis Carroll, The Secret Garden by Frances Hodgson Burnett, Boy by Roald Dahl, and (of course) the Harry Potter books by JK Rowling.
With so many amazing children’s books out there these days, we decided to make our own list, answering the question “Which children’s books should more adults be reading?”
The OOMers answered:
Jessica: A lot of YA books are great for adults to read. Stolen by Lucy Christopher is an amazing book for any age. I also think that adults, particularly adults with children, read it a whole different way than a teenager would read it. Another book that I think just everyone should read is Beauty Queens by Libba Bray. It is simply funny and smart. It will leave you laughing the kind of laugh that makes you look around because you forgot you’re in public!
Morgan: The Westing Game by Ellen Raskin, which, though a children’s book, features hardly any children at all in its cast of a dozen or so characters. It’s smart, mysterious, and challenging for readers of every age. Also, any of the “Shoes” books by Noel Streatfield, especially Dancing Shoes, which is supremely well-written and beautiful; the kind of book that has clung to the corners of my brain ever since I first read it as a kid.
Dante: Bone by Jeff Smith. Bone began as an underground comic book read by adults, and over the course of the story’s 20 years in existence it has evolved into something cherished by kids. Young readers love the adventure aspect of the stories, as well as the irreverent characters and their quirky personalities. But like with a Pixar movie, adults find much to enjoy, too, from the grown-up perils the characters face to the witty writing to the sense that Jeff Smith is neither talking down nor pandering to his readers. The Bone universe has expanded exponentially from its humble beginnings, a testament to its appeal to kids and adults alike.
Nadia: The Outsiders by S.E. Hinton. I remember reading it when I was in 7th grade – and finishing it in two days! Even though Hinton wrote this book in 1967, this coming-of-age novel is still relevant to adults and kids. No matter your age, you are instantly sucked into Ponyboy’s world – a 14-year-old living in Oklahoma and trying to make sense of the violence and prejudice between the rich and poor teenagers. Fun fact – Hinton was only 16 years old when she wrote The Outsiders!
What are your picks for children/YA books for adults? Let us know in the comments!