Why Do Adults Like Children’s Books?

Oh good grief.  Do we have to do this again? 

Just a second while I fill my Harry Potter mug up and sit at my desk surrounded by children’s books waiting to be reviewed.  Yeah, I don’t have an opinion about this…

Why do adults like children’s books?  Why do adults read comic books?  Why do adults read romances?  Mysteries?  Why do we read anything but the most literate of fiction and nonfiction?

Best of all in the article are the theories about why people like me read children’s books.  It appears I’m a lonely, nervous person desperate for “the pleasure of home-cooking” and looking for a “tolerance towards eccentricity.”  OK, so that last bit about eccentricity may be true.

I’ve got an idea!  How about we all are just allowed to read whatever we darn well want to.  And be free of people creating theories about what makes me odd.  Heck, reading children’s books is actually one of the more normal things in my life.

I predict the next article will be fretting about why adults don’t read any more. 

10 thoughts on “Why Do Adults Like Children’s Books?

  1. IMO, everyone should read children’s books. Children’s books almost always have a moral to teach which, let’s face it, a lot of people nowadays can use.

    One of the main ones of which is, Don’t Judge!


  2. Whaaaa? I never heard a “theory” about why adults read children’s books. Then again, I haven’t exactly researched it. But, that’s ridiculous. I love children’s books for the adventure! John Flanagan’s The Ranger’s Apprentice and Brandon Mull’s Fablehaven are my favorites! Just pure adventure for the young and young at heart 🙂 Forget what the theorists say. My “theory” is that they make theories to butt into others’ lives because they don’t have their own.


  3. Gah, what a dumb article. Here’s why I like children’s (or more usually, young adult) books ..
    I like paranormal romance stories, and sometimes the YA ones can be more interesting because (not that I mind sex in my books) but they get more creative because they’re not chock full of sex, sex, sex; the romance is sweeter, clumsier, and more like what I feel I can identify with, even as an adult. Also, I like stories with big, life changing problems in them; in adults this can seem kind of goofy, but if the characters are teenagers, it makes sense, because as a teen everything is the end of the freaking world. Thirdly, YA novels don’t often carry the kind of literary pretensions that can get in the way of good writing in adult books – a well written YA novel has a comfortable simplicity that I enjoy. Fourthly, I like good books, regardless of who they’re written for. I was reading books way above my supposed age and reading level when I was 8, and 10, and 12, and now I like to read grown up books and kid’s books. Sure, it’s escapist, but no more escapist than any other kind of entertainment. The end.


  4. Boy do I love you guys! Thanks for hating the Telegraph but still being willing to vent a bit with me about children’s books and why we love them. (Despite being lonely, nervous and eccentric of course!)


    1. This article annoyed me no end, partly because there is more than one reason to like a children’s book. If asked, do I like Winnie the Pooh, I would say of course, think of how much I enjoy reading those stories to my children. But I wouldn’t read it for my own pleasure, unliked the Wind in the Willows, which I would. There’s no One Theory that explains all my favorites!


  5. Wow. Just wow. I’m a teenager now but will continue to read young adult and I plan to read many childrens books when I’m older. They just want to stir things up.


  6. “Oh good grief” is right. It’s sad, but I still feel awkward admitting I read “Juv/YA” books unless I say I’m doing it for my book review blog, or that I plan to write children’s and YA literature of my own. It seems (almost) perfectly acceptable to write children’s books (except according to Martin Amis, who’d only write a kid’s book if he had “a serious brain injury”), but heaven forbid you actually enjoy reading them.

    I agree with the Telegraph commenter who said that some academics try too hard to find a deep (I’d add “scandalous or sensational”) meaning behind simple matters.


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