I did a happy dance when I read the Wall Street Journal last week. And no, that doesn’t happy very often.
You see, the cover story of the Arena section was titled “See Grown-Ups Read. Read, Grown-Ups, Read.” And it said pretty much what I have been saying for years. There are really, really good books written for middle grade readers and adults are and should be reading them.
What began as the Harry Potter phenomenon has transcended that series. Adults are now reading more and more books aimed at a much younger audience. But as David Baldacci, an adult author, says “A lot of the most interesting work in fiction is coming out of that genre.” And adults are catching on. The article continues to say that children used to emulate the reading habits of the adults in their lives and now, adults are looking to what children are reading in order to stock their shelves.
If I am in a reading rut, the very first thing I do is find a young adult or middle grade book to read. I am immediately reminded of all that I love about the reading.
In case you find yourself in a rut during this busy time of year, here are some of my favorite ‘children and young adult books for grown-ups.
Paper Boy by Vince Vawter
Eleanor and Park by Rainbow Rowell
Counting by 7s by Holly Goldberg Sloan
Endangered by Eliot Schrefer
Real Boy by Anne Ursu