The following column was written by your local bookseller Liane Freed of Watchung Booksellers, at 54 Fairfield St.
The Newbery Medal for children's literature was recently announced with the winner being "The One and Only Ivan" by Katherine Applegate. I found it to be a touching story and am thrilled I own it.
But the Newbery announcement got me thinking, again, about how kid literature is not just for kids.
I have met many adults who are too shy or hesitant to read books from this category, particularly if they do not have children, work with children, study children's literature, or — like me — work with children's books.
Reading kid lit as an adult adds a whole new and even thrilling perspective on these stories. Pick up a copy of, say, "Charlotte's Web" by E.B. White and you get so much more out of this than just a great friendship between a spider and a pig.
There is even kid lit for adults book clubs popping up across the country. The analysis, comments and reminiscing at these book clubs must be wonderful.
When did you last read "Harriet the Spy" by Louise Fitzhugh — the book that got me to be a reader at age nine — while relaxing with a glass of wine? Definitely not when I last read it.
So the next time you want a good read, venture into your local bookstore or library and grab a kid lit book. I guarantee you will have a great time.
As a lover of children's literature, I must also mention some great 2012 children's books that did not win a Newbery Medal but truly deserve our attention. These include:
- "Wonder" by R.J.Palacio
- "Same Sun Here" by Silas House and Neela Vaswani
- "Starry River of the Sky" by Grace Lin
- "Mira's Diary: Lost in Paris" by Marissa Moss, and
- "Liar & Spy" by Rebecca Stead
Enjoy your next good read.
Stop by Watchung Booksellers during normal business hours, Monday through Wednesday from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., Thursday and Friday from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m., Saturday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., and Sunday from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. For more information, call (973) 744-7177.
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