Throwback Thursday: Five Children’s Books That Even Adults Will Love

Here are five children’s books good for people of any age.

Some of the elements in the books we read as kids may have gone over our heads. It’s only when we go back to them as adults that we appreciate them more. That’s why rereading children’s books can be so rewarding—because of all the new things we learn and the adventures we get to relive.

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Harry Potter

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Cover art by Mary GrandPré

People of all ages are sure to enjoy Harry Potter! This certified classic, which tells the story of a young wizard attending Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry, was hugely popular for its colorful characters and fully realized world. Though the series spans seven long books, adults are guaranteed to feel the magic in every page.

Catcher in the Rye

Cover art by E. Michael Mitchell

Catcher in the Rye has solidified itself as a must-read for anyone who has experienced teen angst. Salinger’s magnum opus is about Holden Caulfield, a disillusioned teen who spends most of his time thinking about the superficial nature of adulthood. The book explores the confusion that comes with growing up, making it a nostalgic read for us older folks.

Percy Jackson and the Olympians

Cover art by John Rocco

The Percy Jackson series captivated teens around the globe with its refreshing take on Greek mythology. It follows Percy Jackson and his demigod friends as they go on different quests. Riordan originally wrote this for a middle-grade audience, but it’s just as good a read for grown-ups because of its relatable themes.

The Little Prince

Cover art by Antoine de Saint-Exupéry

The Little Prince is about the titular character who visits many planets and gains wisdom after each visit—is probably best suited for an older audience. Its illustrations and deceptively simple plot aside, this iconic book has much to say about love, life, and everything in between.

A Series of Unfortunate Events

Cover art by Brett Helquist

Dark, gritty, and a tad depressing, the Series of Unfortunate Events books detail the miserable lives of orphan siblings Klaus, Sunny, and Violet as they live under the roof of a distant relative hellbent on collecting their inheritance. With thirteen books full of dark humor and Gothic themes, this series will have you hooked.

Art Daniella Sison

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