Think you’re too old to read children’s books? Think again. The literary world is filled with children’s classics that adults love too. Modern literature has just as many books that were intended for children or teens but have crossed over (or should cross over) to the adult demographic. Take a look:
The Harry Potter books (J.K. Rowling): It goes without saying that the Harry Potter series is a phenomenon like no other. Originally marketed as a children’s books, the series is now popular with people of all ages; children who will grow up with the series, children who have grown up with the series, and those who are young at heart.
Dinotopia (James Gurney): Like Harry Potter, the Dinotopia novellas, which tell the story of a secluded island on which humans and dinosaurs live and work together, were originally aimed at children and later became popular with adults. Dinotopia and Dinotopia; The World Beneath are now out of print but spent time on the New York Times Bestseller list. Alan Dean Foster later wrote two more books, Dinotopia Lost and The Hand of Dinotopia, for young adult readers.
The Giver (Lois Lowry): One of the most popular dystopian books of the later 20th century is often required reading for middle school students, but the story of a seemingly perfect society will resonate with adults just as well, if not more.
The Twilight saga (Stephenie Meyer): The Twilight novels have had every insult possible thrown at them over the course of their popularity: Boring, overrated, shallow, misogynistic, and the list goes on. Love them or hate them, they have created a tremendous post-Potter buzz and it’s not just teenager girls are snatching them up; an entire section of the fandom consists of mothers who love Edward Cullen just as much as their daughters.
The Scary Stories books (Alvin Schwartz): Everyone likes a good ghost story, and Alvin Schwartz’s Scary Stories trilogy collects the best of them from folklore. It’s aimed at grade school kids but the creepy and sometimes obscure tales as well as frightening illustrations by Stephen Gammell will interest even adult horror fans.
Hattiesburg residents: Interested in satisfying your inner child? All of the above books are available at the Hattiesburg Public Library on Hardy Street.
Like this article? Receive e-mail updates every time this Examiner publishes a new article by subscribing to get instant updates at the top of this page.