do you enjoy reading childrens books?

@Galena (9123)
April 1, 2007 6:43am CST
at the moment I'm re-reading the His Dark Materials trilogy by Phillip Pullman. I think Northern Lights is among the best books I've read. I quite like the Harry Potter books, but I don't think they're particularly well written. the stories are fun though. I also really enjoy the Wild Magic books by Tamora Peirce. often when I want to read a new book, one of the first places I'll check is the section for older children. often the writing is as good, if not better than adults fiction. more imaginative and fantastic. there was also an excellent book called Witch Child that I really enjoyed. so. do you read books aimed at children? do you assume they will be inferior to those written for adults, or do you read them if you like the look of them? which ones did you enjoy most?
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@hezoid (2149)
1 Apr 07
I do enjoy reading some books aimed at children. I love the Harry Potter books, i have read all of them so far and eagerly await the last one. I also love all books written by Terry Pratchett including the ones he has aimed at children. such as the Johhny Trilogy and Amazing maurice and His Educated Rodents etc. I don't think these books are inferior to books writen for adults at all, they are just as well written and just as enjoyable to read.
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@Galena (9123)
2 Apr 07
The Wee Free Men / A Hatful of Sky / Wintersmith are among my favourite Pratchett books. they may be aimed at children but are so very close to the things I beleive in that they really mean a lot to me
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@xylon17 (157)
• Philippines
3 Apr 07
i also like reading children 's books because it is easier to read and understand!
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@unisis (1674)
• Indonesia
3 Apr 07
Yes I really enjoy reading children's books. My favorites are the Harry Potter series,I quite like the Harry Potter books, but I don't think they're particularly well written. the stories are fun though, I also love books written by Kate DiCamillo , My son and I are also enjoying "Captain Underpants" books. He's reading them for school, and they are so hilarious!! I've also read most of the Series of Unfortunate Events books by Lemony Snickett. They were fun, but started to get redundant, so I never finished the series. I may just have to start where I left off again.
@pyewacket (44036)
• United States
3 Apr 07
Are you kidding?--I read nothing but children's books most of the time--right now I'm going through a series of books written by Erin Hunter, it's the Warrior series ---of course I've read Harry Potter, and yes, P. Pullman's books, artemis fowl--oh and yes, read Tamora P's books you mentioned--the quality of children's books is a hell of a lot better than when I was a kid--LOL
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• Indonesia
2 Apr 07
Sometimes really enjoy it ;)
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• United States
2 Apr 07
I enjoy them. They're typically entertaining, although long series get formulaic after a couple of iterations. Recently I started reading DJ MacHale's Pendragon series. I like it. Highly readable.
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@manzician (4739)
• India
2 Apr 07
I love reading children's books. I love books like Harry Potter, Heidi, Alice in Wonderland, Wizard of OZ etc. These are my favourite books and I feel they are real treasure.
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@jinggay46 (263)
• Philippines
2 Apr 07
i like reading children's book especially hardy boys and nancy drew. i also like harry potter books. I couldn't get tired of re-reading children's books. I also agree with you that they are moer imaginative and fantastic.
• United States
2 Apr 07
i enjoy reading the little kids all kinds of children books i really dont have a favorite love them all.
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@Munira (484)
• United States
2 Apr 07
My daughter likes to choose her own books. She has pretty good taste in books. And, I love the look on her face when I read to her.
@joy1982 (226)
• Philippines
2 Apr 07
i like reading books very much especially books of the children and sometimes if i have time id love to watch fairytales and cartoons movie..
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@Jamian (2605)
• Philippines
2 Apr 07
yes,I enjoy a lot, when I am reading some children books, I always remember my childhood days.
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• Philippines
2 Apr 07
I enjoy reading children's books... But like what you said some are not well written, i guess it is because they made the stories a lil shallow so that kids will understand it easily...
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• United States
2 Apr 07
I REALLY like teen books actually. I dont usually read kids books but usually teen ones. I love several series. I think teen books are actually sometimes better than adults. I loved the Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants series, read all 4, own one and saw the movie. I hope they make a movie for each book they are that good! Eragon is more aimed at teens and I am currently stil in the process of reading this RATHER LARGE book. I got nothing against kids books, but somtimes I do prefer teens over adults for sure!
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• Canada
1 Apr 07
I don't enjoy reading them for myself but don't mind reading them to my children before bed or when they want to hear a story . Although I did read a couple for older children that were not too bad and my daughter has read a couple that she has thought I would like to read but I haven't got around to reading any of them yet to see if I would find them interesting . I guess I do feel that somehow it will be inferior to those written for adults but shouldn't make judgement on something I have never actually took the time to read to find out .
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@vitausp (101)
• New Zealand
1 Apr 07
When my children were small, up to the age of about 7 or so I used to read to them every day and share the books they had. As they got older they would recommend their books to me, right up to being teenagers. So I would read some of their recommendation and must say that there is some really good stuff out there and it skips the lurid and often too graphic stuff put into adult fiction and for me that is an improvement. I enjoyed the John Marsden series, I think that is the man, based on a group of kids in Aus after they had been invaded by a foreign power. Really well written and with that great sense of adventure that teenagers love.
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1 Apr 07
Great thread I thought I would be alone in appreciating children's novels. I was reading them to 'keep up with' my children and be able to discuss things with them. Now they are teenagers I still like to read children's books. Have you heard of the Everworld series? by K.A. Applegate. Our library has it in the children's section but I think it is too scarey, rude and in depth for that. I wonder sometimes if parents know what their children are reading. I trusted the librarians to have decided on the suitability of the content on their shelves and was sadly disappointed. It is a great series but for Young Adults not young children.
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@Angelwriter (1956)
• United States
1 Apr 07
My primary reading is children's books. And, I don't think they're inferior at all. It makes me angry when people imply that they are. A good book is a good book. One book I really liked is more of a young adult book. It's called Raising the Griffin. It's about a teenage boy who's the son of an exiled royal family and he has to adjust to royal life when the country decides to reinstate a monarchy. I also like the books of Cynthia Voigt. I actually need some newer books to discover.
@nietske (199)
• Belgium
1 Apr 07
I think it's not strange that adults read childrens books as well. Theye are imaginative, innovative and funny. I do read books that are meant for children, i am a big harry potter fan myself. Great books, aimed at kids, but they are just fantstic. I hate the fact that there are little books for adults that are so creative, unless you read fantasy novels, which i don't like, because they are to long and complicated.
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• India
1 Apr 07
children book are the best books for readin as they had both humor and adventure..and i enjoyed reading tintin...