Why I Read Children’s Books

It’s not often you’ll find me without a book. Sometimes I’ll even have two or three books going at once. When I tell people I read nearly 52 books a year, I get funny looks and sometimes even praise! Sometimes I’ll even get the occasional “What are you currently reading?” and that’s where I try and shift the conversation, or give some vague answer like a fantasy novel, or this or that.

Why don’t I want to talk about what I’m reading with people?

Confession time.

I read children’s books. No Dick and Jane early readers, but things like Rick Riordan’s Percy Jackson series, Secrets of Platform 13, and so much more. I find children’s novels to be so much more interesting and fulfilling then most adult novels. Now don’t get me wrong, I read “age-appropriate” and young adult novels as well. But I am constantly drawn to the fanciful worlds children’s authors make.

While the adult genres are getting more and more appealing to me, there are still tons of “kids” books I’d like to try, and a lot of authors are writing for both children and adult audiences these days. Neil Gaiman’s The Graveyard Book got me into his books, and I’ve read The Ocean at the End of the Lane, American Gods, M is for Magic, and I’m sure more. And while The Graveyard Book is considered a children’s novel, I loved the story, the characters, and they pushed me to discover more from this amazing author. J.K. Rowling has branched off into writing adult mystery novels.

Another bonus? Children’s novels are cheap, cheap, cheap! The average hardcover adult novel comes in at $20. Most children’s novels never make it into hard cover, and go straight to paperback. Because of that, the average new children’s novel is $4-10. That’s like getting a two for one!

So if authors can do it, why can’t the readers? Be proud! Pick up that snazzy new children’s novel and discover another world!

What’s your favorite children’s novel?