Top Ten Tuesday: Children’s Books That Adults Should Read

Hosted by That Artsy Reader Girl

Most picture books were honestly only ever intended to be enjoyed by small children, but every so often I come across one that seems like it was meant for adult readers just as much as it was meant for the little ones.

One of my favorite things to do when I need a pick-me-up is to read stories like this. There’s something beautiful about sharing profound truths about life in language that even a toddler can understand.

I hope you love these books as much as I do. Click on their titles to read my reviews of them if you want to know more.

1. Pup and Bear by Kate Banks.

This was the best explanation of why some little ones are raised by non-biological parents that I’ve ever read.

2. Oskar and the Eight Blessings by Tanya Simon and Richard Simon.

After I finished writing the review for this one, I read it again. The storytelling in it was so well done that I didn’t want it to end.

3. The Boy and the Blue Moon by Sara O’Leary.

If you’ve ever had a dream that felt so real you wondered if it really happened after you woke up, this is the perfect thing to read.

4. The Day My Fart Followed Me Home by Ben Jackson and Sam Lawrence.

Yes, I’ll admit that this was pure silliness. Sometimes even adults have to remember to pause and not take life so seriously, though!

5. Nobody Likes a Goblin by Ben Hatke.

I read a lot of fairy tales growing up, but I’d never heard of one written from the goblin’s perspective before. The messages about inclusiveness and not judging others based on what they looked like were handled beautifully.

6. Bats at the Library by Brian Lies.

My local library had a big display of children’s Halloween books last autumn. I picked this up a few weeks before Halloween and immediately fell in love with the idea of bats going to the library to read late at night. It may just be something I reread in six months when Halloween season arrives again.

7. Odd and the Frost Giants by Neil Gaiman.

This is the perfect introduction to Neil Gaiman’s work regardless of whether you’re eight or eighty.

8. Wee Sister Strange by Holly Grant and K.G. Campbell.

I shuddered when I read this one. Seeing the main character run around in the forest and have adventures was pure magic. It made me feel like I was a kid again.

9. Book or Bell by Chris Barton.

Anyone who remembers the frustration of arbitrary rules when they were in school might appreciate this tale about a boy who decided to break one of them.

10. Be Brave, Little Penguin by Giles Andreae.

Nobody is ever too old to be afraid of something. I loved this book’s empathetic approach to fear and anxiety.

What is your favorite children’s book?



  1. Love your choice of theme for this week. I’ve not read any of these but I like the sound of Be Brave, Little Penguin.

  2. I’ve only read Nobody Likes a Goblin from your list, but I love this topic. I really enjoy children’s books. 🙂


  3. Oooh I definitely have that Neil Gaiman story on my TBR. I love Coraline by him so much. I will have to keep my eyes peeled for the others! I’ve never heard of any of them until now. Thanks for the recommendations!

    • If you liked Coraline, I think you’ll like Odd and the Frost Giants as well. You’re welcome, and happy reading.

  4. Poinsettia says:

    I love Bats at the Library! Have you read any more of Brian Lies’ work? He has several Bats at the…books that are a lot of fun.

    • No, I hadn’t. I did just request several more of his books from my local library, though. Thanks for letting me know about them.

  5. I read so many books with my kids. I’m surprised so many are unfamiliar to me. I need to check them out!

  6. Such a fun list and adults should definitely enjoy a great children’s book every now and then!

  7. Love this topic and I passionately believe good lit can be enjoyed by all ages! Some of my fav reads have been children’s lit! Refugee by Alan Hratz (mature middle grade) and Wonder are examples….but there are so many great books! Excellent topic!

    • Yes, it sure can be! I’m going to try to find copies of Refugee and Wonder. Thanks for the suggestions.

  8. Brilliant choice of topic! I should check some of these out.

  9. I agree about pick-me-ups. Pup & Bear and Bats at the Library both sound great! I want to know more *off to Goodreads* And maybe I should look into Frost Giants since I still haven’t read Gaiman…

    • Wow, I never would have guessed that you’ve never read Gaiman. Based on what I’ve seen in your previous blog posts, I somehow assumed he was an author you’ve tried already. I hope you do give him a try.

      Pup & Bear and Bats in the Library were fantastic reads as well.

  10. Great list! Love that you have Neil Gaiman on it! 🙂

    Amy @ Amy’s Bookish Life

  11. Aw, what a great topic for this week! I love some of these! 🙂

    Thanks for stopping by, have a great week!

  12. One of these days I’ll definitely have to try the Gaiman picture book. 🙂

  13. I’m taking note of these to read with my niece. Thanks for all the recs! I’m getting the impression that Neil Gaiman can write anything.

    • You’re welcome. I hope your niece enjoys them.

      Yeah, Neil Gaiman is talented at writing for so many different age groups. He’s amazing.

  14. This list is so cute 🙂

  15. I haven’t read any of these but my TBR pile just grew;)

  16. I have not read any of these, but some of the titles brought a smile to my face, so I cannot imagine what the book would do for me.

  17. …omg the Little Fart book may be my new favourite thing. I’ve had a long time book crush on The Little Mole Who Knew It Was None Of His Business. Some kids’ book are just priceless!

  18. What a clever idea for your topic! I agree with Carol, Wonder is definitely a book I think everyone should read.

  19. What a fun list of books. I have to admit I laughed out loud at the title of the fart book. My son is technically too old for it, but i may have to get it for him anyway so we can both have a good chuckle, lol.

  20. This is a fun theme. It’s always nice to find books to read to and with the kids that you don’t just hate as an adult, and that can be a challenge.

    Have a wonderful week.

  21. I haven’t read a picture book in forever, but the Bats at the Library one sounds so adorable! I always loved Halloween-themed picture books when I was kid!

  22. I read picture books every week with my nephew and we haven’t read a one of these! So I know he’ll love the fart one and I’m curious about Wee Sister Strange!! So thanks for this list, it was perfect for me today! ❤️

  23. Hi, mine is Charlotte´s Web and Judy Moody.

    Here is My Top 10 Tuesday

    • Ooh, Charlotte’s Web is a good one. I haven’t read Judy Moody yet, but I’ll try to find a copy of it.

  24. Bats at the Library, that sounds like a lot of fun 😀 And Be Brave, Little Penguin sounds really good as well.
    Great topic 🙂

  25. I don’t think I’ve read any children’s books since I was a child, but these all do sound like fun books 🙂

  26. My mom would probably enjoy quite a few of these 🙂

  27. Yes to Odd and the Frosnt Giants. I haven’t heard of the others before though.
    I love those little winks in childrens books and shows.

  28. I’m always on the look out for children’s books that can be read and enjoyed by adults so I’m absolutely saving this list to my TBR.

    Thanks for stopping by my blog earlier!

  29. I love the idea of this post!

  30. With exception to Neil Gaiman (whose adult novels I’ve heard are really good), these are all new-to-me authors AND books. Thanks for the list, and the fun idea. 🙂

    Glad you visited Finding Wonderland last week – thanks for visiting!

    • You’re welcome. Yes, Neil Gaiman is a fantastic storyteller. I hope you enjoy the other books in this list, too.

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