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5 Reasons why Adults should read Children's Books

Updated on September 23, 2016


The world of books often is like a quiet peaceful island in the noisy ocean full of hustle-bustle of daily chores. Books are more than often categorized on the basis of content, and/or targeted readership. “Children’s books” is a rather hot category and many people simply fall in love with the amazing new world which can be created by reading Children’s books.

(This hub was originally created as an answer to the question at HubPages, “When am I too old to read children’s books”. It has had a major update after that.)

Children's Perspective creates Magic

No Matter how much time you spend learning, your pen will want you to awake the child in yourself to recreate the magic...
No Matter how much time you spend learning, your pen will want you to awake the child in yourself to recreate the magic...

Adult Readers Against Children's Books.

First things first, let’s see why would one think of being too old, or is it the other way round, why would one think Children’s books not apt for his/her reading. (So these would be the arguments given by the opposition. Be prepared, you should be with answers for points against the notion before presenting your original arguments)

Some Children’s books may be written in language far too simple to keep an adult author hooked. Moreover, some might find the unrealistic fantasies of fairy tales too much to digest. (The people being discussed here will fall into category of strictly Layman readers - or those who read solely for entertainment)*

With all due respect to personal preferences of those who strictly prefer non-fiction and the no-nonsense realism, note that ‘idioms often don’t make sense literally’. But, you use them too often for better expression, for creating humor, for creating interest.

Similarly, it’s often the innuendos and allusions which are game players in children’s books (and many fiction oriented books) rather than straightforward-stating-the-facts style of authoring. The symbolism can be subtle, but the real world applicability is amazing. After all, one major motive of children's books' authors (as is expected) is to make the children learn something good out of the book.

So it’s a matter of developing the right taste buds, and then be rest assured, delicious mouth watering dishes, er... books are waiting for you.

Giselle's Hub answering the same Question

My fellow hubber Giselle (no longer on HubPages) also chose to answer this question via a hub. In fact, it was her hub that brought me to this question. She has shared some absolutely amazing thoughts about benefits of reading children’s books. There are different sections and each one describes a positive aspect from her unique perspective.

I couldn't agree more with "Take a break from the complexity of this world", as Harry Potter series did exactly that for me when I was re-reading it. The magical Hogwartz took me to another planet, where I could simply remain lost for sometime. When I used to emerge back, I felt more than fit to face the problems. After all, “We can’t solve problems by using the same kind of thinking we used when we created them.” ~ Einstein

While I was reading the section - "You can get more out of a children's book when you read it with an adult perspective", I couldn't help noticing, that how many times has this happened with me. Since we want to teach the children good things (although most of the adults have rather greater requirement of being preached), authors use amazing symbolism of the good, the bad and those who refuse to take sides too. Sometimes you can directly map the stuff (situations, characters, decisions, consequences) to the world around you... such literature really helps you in becoming better human being.

Recommended Reads ~

The Mystery of the Hidden House (Mystery) (Mysteries)
The Mystery of the Hidden House (Mystery) (Mysteries)

My favorite Series! The leader of the detective kids is awesome. He disguises, is an ventriloquist, generous and brave. But he boasts so much! And is known as Fatty!! Lookout for humor, suspense, some drama and lot of fun. I love the character development by Enid Blyton.


The 5 Reasons why as an Adult, you should read Children's Books.

#1 Better Mingling with Youngsters

Sometimes, you would find yourself talking to a bunch of youngsters, looking for appropriate topics to initiate conversation. What would be better than a contemporary hit children’s book? While you’ll be successful in making your audience feel at home, there opinions and choices will help you understand and know them better - could be exactly what you’re looking for.

#2 Learning the Art of Story Telling

While children’s books have all above advantages for layman readers, the list just keeps growing if you are at all interested in authoring your own books. Specially for creating fiction, popular children books can be fantastic case studies because of a few subtle reasons.They have to be excellent in story telling, cause there are very few ways that you can keep the children hooked - kids’ lives are full of fascinating distractions after all, and they are under no obligation of finishing a book. Adults might sometimes feel, okay this part is boring, but I’ve come this far, all the time I’ve invested would be wasted if I don’t finish it. But kids would be quick to quit and find a better pastime.

#3 Improving Your Characters

The character description has to be subtle, children won’t like direct, detailed descriptions, but author has to make sure that kids subconsciously realize the flaws and strengths of the characters. You don't need this imaginary characters only if you're an author. Simple public speaking/presentations might demand examples featuring imaginary characters - this art can be really handy.

#4 Creating Contextual Humor

All Adults have been children at some point of time. Excellent contextual humor can be designed around well known / popular stories’ characters, incidences etc. But off course the author should be well and freshly acquainted with the contemporary and/or old children's stories for any kind of contextual reference.

#5 Relive the Golden Days, with Better Understanding

Last but not the least, there are so many beautiful memories attached to things associated with childhood... A book which you’ve read as a child can bring back all those memories and you can feel the innocence, carefreeness of the wonderful period of life. And with your better understanding than those early days, you might get new perspectives into your favorites stories, heroes, characters.

So go ahead, and get some great books for the new section of your book shelf. I’ve named mine as, “Kids’ books for the kid in me”. Happy Reading!

Do you read Children's books?

Are you an adult reader of children's books, or do you plan to be?

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    • billybuc profile image

      Bill Holland 

      5 years ago from Olympia, WA

      My goodness, are there really adults who do not like children's books? I love them quite frankly and always have. Great article with excellent points made.

    • anusha15 profile imageAUTHOR

      Anusha Jain 

      6 years ago from Delhi, India

      @Jackie Lynnley: That's great, even I used to have my younger brother use his School library card to borrow books for me :) Thanks for stopping by and commenting.

      @sunil... : May be you can try some of their books for yourself :) Thanks for commenting.

      @Sue Mc: Wow, an Enid Blyton Fan. Welcome to the club :) Just in case you've not checked my comment above, I brought the entire Find Outer Mystery Series as an adult :) I just love Fatty - the good hearted young boy and a bragging leader!

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      Sue McGreal 

      6 years ago from Warwickshire

      I absolutely agree. A lot of children's writing is sharp, clear and concise and greatly entertaining. I enjoy a wide range of children's literature from the fantasy adventures in the 'Sabriel' trilogy by Garth Nix through the thriller adventures of the Young James Bond (Charlie Higson) and Alex Ryder (Anthony Horowitz) to the comic adventures of Artemis Fowl (Eoin Colfer) and Skulduggery Pleasant (Derek Landy). Don't even get me started on the enjoyment you can find in the Enid Blyton adventures and the sci-fi fiction of Robert Heinlein!!

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      Sunil Kumar Kunnoth 

      6 years ago from Calicut (Kozhikode, South India)

      Wonderful observation and information. Really useful. Thank you for sharing. I love to see my children read always. I keep company with them during their reading time. I also buy a lot of stuff for them. Sure, it has benefited them many ways.

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      Jackie Lynnley 

      6 years ago from The Beautiful South

      I have a good look in children's book every time I visit the library, they have fantastic books and I have read them many years. ^

    • anusha15 profile imageAUTHOR

      Anusha Jain 

      6 years ago from Delhi, India

      Thanks for stopping by Vinaya. So you're a Harry Potter Books fan... welcome to the club. If you get some time, your opinion of my hub would be really valueable

    • Vinaya Ghimire profile image

      Vinaya Ghimire 

      6 years ago from Nepal

      This is true. Harry Potter was initially meant for children, but children as well as adults have enjoyed the book and the movie.

      I still read children book,I mean not reading to children, but reading for my pleasure.

    • anusha15 profile imageAUTHOR

      Anusha Jain 

      7 years ago from Delhi, India

      Hey, I second your opinion. I love fairy tales a lot, and for me, getting lost in them while reading them has been as much enjoyable as observing my little cousins faces when I'm playing a story teller for them :) Thanks for stopping by and commenting, I'm sorry I couldn't reply before

    • anusha15 profile imageAUTHOR

      Anusha Jain 

      7 years ago from Delhi, India

      Hi Jenna, Thanks for stopping by and commenting. Well, ideally children's books should contain jokes which a child can understand, but world is not an ideal place :) You're right, and there are so many other things which you could better appreciate as adults in these books. PS: Sorry for the late reply.

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      Jenna Kunc 

      7 years ago from Colorado

      I've always thought that it's interesting to reread books that I read as a kid. Because you have a whole new perspective as an adult, you pick up on different levels of meaning. Often when I read to children that I nanny, I get some of the jokes that a child couldn't really understand. It's fun!

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      Mary Beth Adomaitis 

      7 years ago from Southern California

      Hi Anusha... Love this Hub! I love reading children's books... there's nothing better than getting lost in a good fairy tale or story! Voted up!!

    • anusha15 profile imageAUTHOR

      Anusha Jain 

      7 years ago from Delhi, India

      Hey Giselle, I was just about to comment on your hub, and wanted to do that before you comment on this one, but you beat me :)

      Thanks to you for inspiring me. It's so good to know that you are Enid Blyton fan... I read a few books from my school's library, and you know what? I brought the complete set as an adult! :D Fatty and Bets are awesome. Sometime in future, I'll read other Enid Blyton books too.

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      Giselle Maine 

      7 years ago

      Hi Anusha, a very captivating hub. I enjoyed reading it, and I especially liked the point you made about all authors having been kids at some point in the past. A special thank you for linking to my profile and to my hub! That was really nice of you and I appreciate this a lot.

      I had no idea you were a fellow Enid Blyton fan! I love the Five Find-Outers series too! I read them a lot as a child.


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