Reading children’s books as adults

The Railway Children, by E NesbitFor our August meeting, Paddington Library Reader’s Group¬†ventured into the world of children’s fiction and fairy tales.

Among the books we discussed was E. Nesbit’s ‘The Railway Children’ (published early in the 20th century). It¬†depicts an atmosphere of innocence and other worldliness among children in rural England. The book was turned in to a block buster film but is much more low key than that.

Artemis Fowl, by Eoin ColferThe group also looked at Eoin Colfer’s Artemis Fowl, which is the first in a series of thrilling, page-turning yarns centered on a nasty young man who causes trouble for the fairies who live in the centre of the earth. The goblins, elves and others live in a modern high- tech world and the book is clearly intended for Teenagers. However, the grown up members of the Reading Group enjoyed it too.

The September meeting will discuss books by and about news correspondents.


Since the wizard wheeze of bringing out the Harry Potter books with ‘adult’ covers, adults reading children’s books has become more popular – or at least more visible. I find myself reading lots, for my own pleasure (I’m currently reading Inkheart, and I recently read Goodnight Mister Tom). Which ‘children’s’ books would you recommend beyond boundaries of age? Or do you think adults should stick to their own books?


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