Conversations, VOLUME 8

Sarah Lyons – Why Adults Can Read Whatever They Want

Why Adults Can Read Whatever They Want
(Or, Why You Might Want to Read Children’s Books)

By Sarah Lyons

WildThings

 

You may already be familiar with the (probably unnecessary amount of) controversy over whether adults should be allowed to read children’s literature. It’s not an uncommon topic today, considering the popularity of The Hunger Games, The Fault in Our Stars, and Harry Potter; adults and children alike are curious about whether these stories will be able to grab their attention and immerse them in another world.

 

And this is often exactly what happens. Novels for children and adults have a lot to offer and can serve as a perfect pick-me-up in the midst of real life. So, to add another voice to the debate, here are some reasons why you might actually want to read a children’s book this summer!

 

Reason 1: Not everything you read has to make you “learn something.”

Many people use books as a way to stretch their thinking, of course. But different people will get different kinds of joy out of reading, and for some of us the appeal of a book is the idea of “an escape.” Children’s books can be more whimsical and light-hearted than books for adults, so they might be the most relaxing!

 

Suggestions:

 

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Really Great Whangdoodles[/easyazon_link]

by Julie Andrews Edwards
(HarperCollins, 1999)
 
 
 

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by Gail Carson Levine
(HarperCollins, 1997)

 
 
 
 
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by Frances Hodgson Burnett
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One Comment

  1. Great stuff Sarah. There are fantastic children’s books out there that appeal across ages. Thanks for putting this together!