Ten works of children's literature I first read as an adult:
- The Spiderwick Chronicles: The Field Guide by Tony DiTerlizzi and Holly Black
- Amalee by Dar Williams
- The Phantom Tollbooth by Norman Juster
- Misty of Chincoteague by Marguerite Henry
- Where the Red Fern Grows by Winston Rawls
- Summerland by Michael Chabon
- Anne of Green Gables by L. M. Montgomery
- The Secret Garden by Frances Hodgson Burnett
- Criss-Cross by Lynne Rae Perkins
- Millions by Frank Cottrell Boyce
I started this list intending to post it on Monday, which was International Childrens Book Day, but, well, time makes fools of us all. But no sense in wasting a perfectly good list just because it lacks temporal resonance.
This list is evenly divided among books I presumably could have read as a child had I chosen to do so (nos. 3-5 and 7-8) and books that were not yet written when I was a child. In this context, "when I was a child" means "when I was in elementary school," and "as an adult" means "after I graduated from college." I'm not sure I managed to avoid reading The Phantom Tollbooth back then -- I'm pretty sure I owned a copy -- but when I listened to an unabridged audio recording of it several years ago, it was completely unfamiliar to me. Go figure.