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Re: Why do we still love children's books as adults?
« Reply #50 on: March 18, 2012, 12:27:56 pm »
It is a puzzle, Christopher - I find it difficult to specify an age range.
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    Re: Why do we still love children's books as adults?
    « Reply #51 on: March 30, 2012, 07:14:40 pm »
    I agree with many of the books listed here as those I'm drawn back to every so often, but more so, as an adult, I've been reading some of those books that I just never did as a kid.  You know, those stories that maybe used to get assigned in school but don't anymore or those classics that maybe my parents read as kids but I didn't.  The Narnia stuff comes to mind.  Tom Sawyer.  Gulliver's Travels.  Wizard of Oz stuff.  I eagerly await the day my 9 year old son will show interest in all of Heinlein's pulp fiction stuff and Douglas Adams.

    Now writing my own children's 'tween stuff, I'm trying really hard to bridge that gap and create something that parents will enjoy reading with their kids, but that's a tough nut to crack.  The many great authors listed in this thread are great inspiration. 

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    Re: Why do we still love children's books as adults?
    « Reply #52 on: April 01, 2012, 09:23:20 am »
    Hi Mark

    Good to meet a fellow children's writer.  Best of luck - your book looks like fun :)

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    Re: Why do we still love children's books as adults?
    « Reply #53 on: April 01, 2012, 10:05:12 am »
    I'm so glad to see Enid Blyton mentioned her.  I remember my sister reading The Famous Five to myself and our cousins after bedtime on our holidays.  I think it was the only time we were quiet and settled in the whole long summer's day.  I think it is so freeing to read children's literature.  It peels off the baggage we have collected over the years.  It is like walking barefoot on the grass.  It may seem simple and easy but it can be profound.

    When I sat down to write my first book I had no idea that a children's story would emerge.  But I am so glad that youngsters and older people can read it.  I think some of the best stories are for everyone. Not that I am claiming my book is amongst them.  But it is a great tradition to follow.

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    Re: Why do we still love children's books as adults?
    « Reply #54 on: April 01, 2012, 12:49:17 pm »
    I enjoyed a lot of books as a kid. The Little House series, Judy Bloom books, and Wrinkle in Time to name a few. But I've found so many new children's books have been written since I was a kid. It's hard to keep up. Of course, being a teacher and children's writer, I've got to keep up with the latest children's books. I think the Wimpy Kid series has changed things as much as Harry Potter. Tons of new books in the humorous diary category have sprung up.

    I like to read children's books personally since they are a quick read for enjoyable literature. Young Adult books can be especially enjoyable, esp. ones with the girl group/gossip problems. I especially have liked Melissa Marr's dark fairy world and Libba Bray's Victorian magic.

    But to summarize my feelings, children's literature can be read on different levels, an adults and children's perspective. It's probably what makes them the most interesting.

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    Re: Why do we still love children's books as adults?
    « Reply #55 on: April 04, 2012, 02:19:46 am »
    Some wise and beautiful words, Jean and Tiffany.  Thank you  :)
    Jean, I have to admit, the Famous 5 books still have pride of place in my bookcase!

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    Re: Why do we still love children's books as adults?
    « Reply #56 on: April 26, 2012, 04:24:59 pm »
    I've just bought 'One Dog and his Boy' by Eva Ibbotson.  Which children's books have you purchased recently?

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    Re: Why do we still love children's books as adults?
    « Reply #57 on: April 26, 2012, 05:22:08 pm »
    Well, I have kids, so I'm kind of forced to read children's books.  ;)

    The Giving Tree is pretty much a story of a sick co-dependency between a tree and a male, but I admit that it chokes me up more now that I have kids.

    My kid's current fave is "If You Give A Cat A Cupcake." She makes me read it to her every night. Every night. But she's only three, so she's not quite ready for Narnia.

    Children/YA books are actually my favorite pre-bed read. I don't like to read violence/gore (my standard reading material) right before I go to sleep. And, just possibly, there's something comforting about reading books from my youth while I'm drifting off to sleep. (I'm sure my therapist would have a field day with that one.)

    I have read and re-read lots of children's books, but right now I am reading "My Side of the Mountain." I loved this book as a kid. Still do. The kid is the ultimate survivalist. Cody Lundin has nothing on him.

    Another favorite re-read for me is The Great Brain series.

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    Re: Why do we still love children's books as adults?
    « Reply #58 on: May 04, 2012, 03:51:05 pm »
    Hi C.A!
    I think reading a childrens' book before going to sleep is therapy in itself! 

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    Re: Why do we still love children's books as adults?
    « Reply #59 on: May 24, 2012, 04:00:14 pm »
    Hi Josh and JD
    Thank you for your posts, I must apologise for the time lapse on this thread. 
    I think being transported to another place is my favourite thing about children's books, and I agree with how we focus on completely different elements of a story with age.  And yet still enjoy the book just as much!

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    Re: Why do we still love children's books as adults?
    « Reply #60 on: May 24, 2012, 04:02:47 pm »
    Because they sometimes explore themes grown-up books avoid, and more directly at that.

    The Harry Potter series debuted just after I lost my father. That first book was about nothing if it wasn't about grief.

    Think about Fairy Tales. They are universally hideous and brutal.  Children's books face the really difficult themes head on, no apologies.  Those themes are never ever resolved-they're part of the human condition.  But children's books are more honest about it.

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    Re: Why do we still love children's books as adults?
    « Reply #61 on: May 24, 2012, 04:17:36 pm »
    Very true, a different angle - thanks Iris.

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    Re: Why do we still love children's books as adults?
    « Reply #62 on: May 24, 2012, 05:10:47 pm »
    Hi Nicola,

    Great question! As a middle grade author myself, it's a question I continually think about. I'm linking here to a post I wrote on my blog at the Kingdom of Patria, the website of my company, Trojan Tub Entertainment, which gives at least a first sketch of my answer to your question: http://www.kingdomofpatria.com/blog/?p=125.

    I'd love to hear what you think about it.

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    Re: Why do we still love children's books as adults?
    « Reply #63 on: May 24, 2012, 06:45:41 pm »
    I like children's book because they don't use book words that I don't understand.

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    Re: Why do we still love children's books as adults?
    « Reply #64 on: May 24, 2012, 08:13:25 pm »
    Another favorite re-read for me is The Great Brain series.

    Wonderful books! I can't wait to introduce those to my boys when they get a bit older. Have you read the slightly older books that Fitzgerald wrote about Adenville? Papa Married a Mormon and Mama's Boarding House. Amazing writing.

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    Re: Why do we still love children's books as adults?
    « Reply #65 on: May 25, 2012, 04:17:15 pm »
    Hi Daniel
    That's a great blog post on this subject, thanks for the link.  I think it hits the nail on the head re 'golden worlds'.
    I've certainly never stopped searching for one!  ;D

    Hi parKb5, and hello again Christopher!  Good to hear from you both.

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    Re: Why do we still love children's books as adults?
    « Reply #66 on: May 25, 2012, 04:25:12 pm »
    Sometimes it's nostalgia for a different time.  Sometimes it's just because it's a darn good story.

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    Re: Why do we still love children's books as adults?
    « Reply #67 on: May 25, 2012, 04:56:16 pm »
    I love all the Laura Ingalls Wilder books (Little House on the Prarie). Nothing like reading about people who are thrilled to get one peppermint stick a year to make you get over yourself and what you think is a problem. :)
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    Re: Why do we still love children's books as adults?
    « Reply #68 on: May 26, 2012, 01:42:51 pm »
    I loved Little House on the Prairie too.  Love that avatar pic Jana!
    Of course, yours is ... er ... a charming choice too, Betsy  ;)

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    Re: Why do we still love children's books as adults?
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    Re: Why do we still love children's books as adults?
    « Reply #70 on: June 13, 2012, 12:51:14 pm »
    I can't say that I do. I have fond memories of reading the Nancy Drew novels when I was about 7 or 8 but have no interest in re-reading them. Perhaps it is because I transitioned to adult novels when I was very young and never looked back.
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    Re: Why do we still love children's books as adults?
    « Reply #71 on: June 13, 2012, 01:32:52 pm »
    As an old kid I just finished two children's book.  Herman the dragon and Tom T. Turkey.  I enjoyed working on then as it made the kid in me come alive again.  Oh my old back hurts.  ha hi

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    Re: Why do we still love children's books as adults?
    « Reply #72 on: June 15, 2012, 03:07:31 pm »
    Hi JR and Victoria!  Best of luck for Herman and Tom, Victoria  :)

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    Re: Why do we still love children's books as adults?
    « Reply #73 on: June 16, 2012, 10:32:00 am »
    It's funny how some children's books hold up so well as adults, while others disappoint, showing all the flaws and warts I never noticed when I was a kid.

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    Re: Why do we still love children's books as adults?
    « Reply #74 on: June 16, 2012, 11:47:45 am »
    When I read Snow White to my kids, I still get the sensations I had when I was young - sipping at cups and tasting food from plates as if I were there in that cottage.  Maybe that's why they work for me.

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