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YA & Children’s Books for Adults

I’ve known quite a few people in my time who’d be shamed if others saw them reading a book that wasn’t Age Appropriate… 

Just for a moment, imagine yourself sitting in a public place (with no children around you) reading a kid’s book—brightly-colored cover and all

There are many reasons adults have for not reading (all by themselves…) “non-adult” books.

However, “coloring-within-the-lines” can often keep you from extremely creative activities.

Think about this quote from the article, 10 Children’s Books You Should Read As An Adult, from The Autism Site:

“We’ve lost the appreciation for simple messages these days. Somewhere along the way, we started associating great ideas with complex narratives, plot twists, and best seller’s lists; but simple truths found in children’s books are amongst the most powerful ideas out there.”

I’ll list the first 5 books recommended but urge you to go to the article to see the rest and read what they say about the books

Where The Wild Things Are: Maurice Sendak

I’ll Love You Forever: Robert Munsch & Sheila McGraw

Goodnight Moon: Margaret Wise Brown & Clement Hurd

Where The Sidewalk Ends: Shel Silverstein

The Little Engine That Could: Platt & Munk


Now, from The Guardian, the article, The Eight Best Young Adult Books – and Why Grownups Should Read Them, Too.

They say:

“Young adult writing today contains everything. The worst of it is as lim­ited as any bad writing, the best could thrill any readers willing to put them­selves in the hands of expert storytellers and great writers.”

Again, I’ll list half the recommendations and urge you to visit the article

Revolver: Marcus Sedgwick

The White Darkness: Geraldine McCaughrean

Kit’s Wilderness: David Almond

Henry Tumour: Anthony McGowan


Finally, since Goodreads is a site that has a well-developed book recommendation system, I’ll leave you with one of the comments from a Forum Discussion about an Age Appropriate rating system:

“I don’t want this on Goodreads at all….who decides what is or is not appropriate….it is not up to Goodreads to make suggestions or comments about age appropriateness; we start with that and suddenly, some individuals might not want certain books featured on Goodreads at all, or they might become irate because a book has not been deemed or rated as ‘inappropriate’ and they feel it should. And what if I review a book and rate it as appropriate and another person reads it and does not agree? No, this is a bad and problematic suggestion, parents (no, any readers) must decide for themselves what is appropriate.”
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2 responses to “YA & Children’s Books for Adults

  1. D.G.Kaye September 16, 2015 at 10:44 pm

    Great point Alex on the Goodreads ratings. :)


  2. Alexander M Zoltai September 17, 2015 at 12:22 am

    Yes, D. G., I really couldn’t keep that out of the post :-)


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