It is appropriately said, “a children’s story which is enjoyed only by children is a bad story.” And this is for sure true. of what good is a book that if read in childhood, loses its charm when you grow up! There are certainly stories designed particularly for young children that adults would not find interesting. And at the same time there exist stories that have not lost the charm even for adults. If you are in search of children’s books for adults, this is a potential destination to your quest! Here we have a compilation of worth reading and re-reading children’s books for adults. Since good writing and an engaging story is all what matters the most, irrespective of who the intended audience is! Dust off one and relive your childhood!
#1 Charlie and the Chocolate Factory by Roald Dahl
This one is a pure schmaltz of a story. Roald Dahl’s story about a candy maker and a magical factory which even came forth as a 1970’s movie, after the success of the book. He invites children for a tour of his world of chocolate and this has a secret intent behind, the intent of finding a suitable heir to his chocolate empire. But there is a dark aspect to this empire of chocolate and what all goes behind the actual manufacturing. This is what adults find interesting. There are themes in the story that are deep in their content, like colonialism, isolation, a frenzied behaviour etc. Book lovers define Charlie and the Chocolate Factory as a pleasurable read. Children love it for the magic and aura that the world of candies and chocolate creates, and adults equally enjoy the hilarious saga of Charlie Bucket’s adventures. This one for sure counts among the best Children’s books for adults.
#2 The Chronicles of Narnia by C.S. Lewis
Who doesn’t love fantasy? Who can help but fall for fiction? And this book is a classic answer to such questions. A series wherein English kids somehow enter the magical and enchanted world of Narnia. A world where all our childhood dreams live and breathe. A world where Santa actually exists, animals talk just like humans and unimaginably beautiful creatures roam around. For kids this is an imaginative adventure and for grown-ups, it is a sweet escape from the daily drudgery and monotony of the adult world. Just because you are no more a kid, doesn’t mean you cannot imagine the enchantments of a Narnian world! The lion, the witch and the wardrobe, all await you! Or is it the Dawn Treader’s call? This one’s worth your time and attention.
#3 Harry Potter by J.K. Rowling
J.K Rowling’s Harry Potter series does not require any introduction. Don’t we all love Ron Weasley’s petty follies, Hermione’s unmatchable wit and tongue-lashing, Harry’s oh-so-complicated life, the magical atmosphere of Hogwarts and the nine three by four platform! Yes, we all without doubt so want to be in Hogwarts someday, twisting wands and hurling magical spells. And it is not uncommon to find people of all ages reading Harry Potter. It isn’t just children’s literature, it is on of the most loved children’s books for adults. Since the story spans over time and throughout the series the characters also age, the story is even more connecting. Indeed, a series of children’s books for adults. You might be 10, or 15, or 20 plus, Harry Potter never fails to get in your head and make you pause and wonder at the mysteries of Hogwarts!
#4 Tuck Everlasting by Natalie Babbitt
Another great book in the genre of children’s books for adults, Tuck Everlasting by Natalie Babbitt is all about growing up, time, life and death, love-loyalty and family- in a very subtle manner. This book deepens one’s understanding of life. It is the captivating story of the Tuck family who drink from a magical spring and are either blessed-with or doomed-to an eternal life. You’ll ponder- is eternity actually satisfactory? A timeless and thought-provoking novel. Tuck Everlasting puts you in an agonising situation by the means of the Tuck family. What would your choices be if you had to be one of the Tucks?
#5 When You Reach Me by Rebecca Stead
Rebecca Stead’s When You Reach Me, cannot be forgotten in the compilation of some of the best children’s books for adults. It seems as if the author has waved a magic wand and some a beautiful yarn. Wrapped in science- fiction and enveloped with mystery, this one never fails to steal the hearts of adult readers as well. The novel contains three storylines and is quite engaging. What are independence, redemption and friendship all about? The answers lie within this book. Rebecca demonstrates the possibilities of life through a beautiful time travel concept.
#6 Stargirl by Jerry Spinelli
This one typically classifies as a young adult novel, written by American author Jerry Spinelli and first published in 2000. This is another one from the shelf of fiction. The novel delivers a nice message of nonconformity. The main character of the story is Leo. But time and again we hear that the Stargirl comes and delivers a porcupine necktie to Leo. Who is the Stargirl? And what is the porcupine necktie’s purpose? Let’s not make it a spoiler. Read for yourself. This amazing novel also comes with a sequel titled, Love Stargirl – a book in the form of a beautiful letter.
#7 Treasure Island by R.L. Stevenson
An adventure novel by one of the all time favourite authors, R.L. Stevenson. Interested in buried gold narrations? Or fond of treasure maps! Treasure Island attracts readers of all ages and irrespective of genre tastes. This book is packed with much more than action. A perfect encounter with Jim Hawkins, David Livesey, Long John Silver, Billy Bones and many more. The characters of Treasure Island are without doubt amusing and bemusing. It is indeed a dramatic one in the list of children’s books for adults. A thrilling quest to find pirate Captain Flint’s treasure long buried on a secret and abandoned island. Why not get to the rescue!
#8 Anne of Green Gables by Lucy Maud
Canadian author Lucy Maud has done a great job with the deft touches of her pen. It is written for all ages. Indeed, Anne Shirley, the pretty red head is everyone’s favourite. You might have read it as a kid, but despite the time that has lapsed, Anne of Green Gables, holds you in rapt attention. Anne like all of us, acts stubborn at times and makes mistakes. At the same time, she has faith in the beautiful big world of possibilities. Anne inspires you with every passing inch of the story!