I’m not certain which country it was referring to but throughout November, I heard a few mentions of it being Children’s Literature Month, during which people are encouraged to pick up books from the children’s genre. I thought this was a lovely idea as I sit firmly in the camp that believes you are never too old to appreciate the charm, wonder and vivid imagery of a kid’s lit book, or to take something from the often poignant messages behind them.
I’ve known a few people to look down their noses somewhat at children’s literature or Young Adult books, claiming they have ‘outgrown them’, and while I’m all for people reading the genres they enjoy, there’s never a reason nor a time to rule out an entire category in my eyes.
You’d be surprised at how many books are officially classed as being for children or teens, with some of the most famous, beloved works of fiction for youngsters having been enjoyed by people of all ages across the globe, from Harry Potter to Peter Pan; Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland to Black Beauty; The Hobbit to The Hunger Games; the list is truly endless, and the label simply means a book is accessible for younger readers, not exclusive to them.
In fact, I was inspired by the occasion to finally get round to re-reading the Chronicles of Narnia series for the first time since childhood and I’m planning to make it something of a resolution to continue mixing plenty of children’s literature and YA into my reading. Whether for easy escapism, wonderful storytelling, or pure nostalgia, I think it’s a pretty great thing to do.
Which children’s books and YA fiction have you enjoyed as an adult? Do you like to revisit classics from your own childhood?