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Fantastic Fiction To Steal From Your Kids

By Sierra Black |

Do you read your kids’ books?

One of the best things about parenting is the story times. It’s not just the snuggles that make it great, or the treasured routine between parent and child. It’s also the books.

Some of the best books in the world are written for kids. Picture books are often works of art, sneakily tucked between the mass-produced cartoon serials on the shelf. Young adult books tackle big themes in fresh ways, with great stories. Children’s literature from Alice in Wonderland up through Harry Potter offers us some of the best escapism ever committed to the page.

Young adult books are what I read when I go to bed; they’re the paperbacks stacked next to my headboard for those quiet hours of simple escape. Because they are a great escape, especially the ones set in fantastic worlds or imaginary times. When I want an intellectual challenge, I visit my library or bookstore. But when I just want to get away from my own mind for awhile, I raid my kids’ bookshelf.

Whether they’ve just graduated from Dr. Seuss or are deep into the Vampire Diaries, your kids have books you want. Here are six titles to steal off their shelves – or add to them – today.

  1. Schooled – Gordon Korman – a funny look at what happens when a hippie homeschooler gets thrust into a public middle school.
  2. The Charlie Bone Serries – Jenny Nimmo – So what is this is a bit of a Harry Potter knock off? It’s a great read, and an engaging set of characters and stories.
  3. Ella Enchanted – Gail Levine – A lush retelling of a classic fairy tale, fun for moms and daughters alike.
  4. The Fairy Tale Detectives – Michael Buckley – Girls become detectives, solving mysteries for fairy tale creatures. Does it get better than this?
  5. Into the Wild – Sarah Beth Durst – In this fairy tale gone awry, a young girl has to save her mother and friends from The Wild, the home of all things fairy tale.
  6. Tithe – Holly Black – A darker fairy tale for an older audience, perfect for the Twilight fan in your life.

What children’s and young adult books are you reading and loving?

Photo:  Joe Shlabotnik

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Sierra Black lives, writes and raises her kids in the Boston area. She loves irreverence, hates housework and wants to be a writer and mom when she grows up. Read bio and latest posts → Read Sierra's latest posts →

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7 thoughts on “Fantastic Fiction To Steal From Your Kids

  1. Larissa says:

    The Land of Elyon series by Patrick Carmon is one we have all enjoyed.

    We also just finished listening to Percy Jackson & the Lightning Thief. As an adult with ADD, I wish this book had been around when I was younger! It really helps my kids see how their “problems” might serve as strengths sometimes – a lesson it took me years to learn!

  2. goddess says:

    Well, besides the Twilight series, the House of Night series by PC Cast, the Vampire Diaries and Secret Circle by LJ Smith and the “Heir Trilogy” by Chima- all wonderful!
    Going to go with the Immortals series next by Alyson Nichol, and the Vampire Academy series by Richelle Mead.

  3. LogicalMama says:

    The Percy Jackson series of course and the Mysterious Benedict Society series is a great hijack as well! My husband also really liked The Name of this Book is Secret and the two others behind it they’ve read so far– I think there is one or two more.
    A quirky adult book that my son hijacked from me and loved is Rumo & his Miraculous Adventures by Walter Moers.

  4. MangoMel says:

    I loved The Book Thief by Markus Zusak. I didn’t even know it was considered a YA book until months after I had read it.

  5. Sierra Black says:

    These are all great suggestions, guys! I left out Percy Jackson because I thought it was too ubiquitous – everyone’s read it already! Same with the His Dark Materials trilogy. They are great though.

    Looking forward to the Book Thief – that sounds intriguing.

  6. Pete G says:

    I love PS238, a comic book / graphic novel about a school for super kids. It is funny and accessible to kids, but it touches on bullying, divorce and a variety of serious subjects as well. I enjoy reading it, as does my daughter.

  7. Read Aloud Dad says:

    The Clementine children’s series is a blast, as well as Enid Blyton’s Enchanted Wood (The Faraway Tree stories)!

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