Not Just for Kids!

 

Sometimes when adults wander over to the Kids Library without a kid in tow, they seem apologetic, not certain whether they belong.  Come on over!  We have so much to offer to people of all ages.

Here are my latest picks for great books you’ll enjoy regardless of your kid-status.

“You will read instead of clean. Read instead of study. Read instead of write.”
-Rainbow Rowell

Unspoken by Henry Cole Unspoken:  A Story From the Underground Railroad

by Henry Cole

This is one of those books that spoke to me every time I saw it until I finally checked it out and took it home.  You have to slow down to enjoy a wordless books such as this one, but you’ll be glad you did.  It is the empowering, life-affirming story of a girl who finds a fugitive slave in her family’s barn, and without ever exchanging conversation, the two establish a bond that neither of them will ever forget.

 

Fortunately, the Milk

by Neil GaimanFortunately, the Milk by Neil Gaiman

Neil Gaiman is one of my all-time favorite authors; in fact, one of the few books I read this past year that was actually written for adults was his fantasy novel The Ocean at the End of the LaneFortunately, the Milk was quite unlike any of Gaiman’s work I had read before, yet it could have only been written by him.  It was equal parts train wreck and pure genius, and I guarantee you will read it in one sitting.  Prepare to be inspired to add more of the preposterous to your own life.  Plus, there is a hot-air-balloon-flying talking Stegosaurus, so that automatically makes it awesome, right?

 

Guts by Gary PaulsenGuts:  The True Stories Behind Hatchet and the Brian Books

by Gary Paulsen

If you’re about my age, you definitely read Hatchet when you were a kid.  But you never realized just how much that story is rooted in the reality of Paulsen’s life.  Gather round the campfire and listen to the amazing stories this man has to tell.  When he was seven years old and traveling by ship, he witnessed the survivors of a plane crash being eaten alive by sharks- and that’s in the first 10 pages.  If you’re hooked, don’t worry, Paulsen has quite a few other autobiographical stories about the wonderful madness of living you can check out!

Paulsen's Autobiographical Works

Open “Caught by the sea : my life on boats” in catalog Caught by the sea : my life on boats Open “How Angel Peterson got his name : and other outrag…” in catalog How Angel Peterson got his name : and other outrag… Open “My life in dog years” in catalog My life in dog years Open “Pilgrimage on a steelride : a memoir about men and…” in catalog Pilgrimage on a steelride : a memoir about men and… Open “Puppies, dogs, and blue northers : reflections on …” in catalog Puppies, dogs, and blue northers : reflections on … Open “Winterdance : the fine madness of running the Idit…” in catalog Winterdance : the fine madness of running the Idit…
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Eleanor & Park

Eleanor & Park by Rainbow Rowell

by Rainbow Rowell

Remember the 80s?  Remember listening to your Walkman on the school bus and making mix tapes for your friends and actually walking over to their house to visit because no one had cell phones back then?  Remember waiting for the next installment of your favorite comic book?  Yes?  Then this book will speak to you.  Prepare to reminisce over that once-in-a-lifetime feeling of falling in love for the first time.

 

To get the full scoop on these and other great so-called “kids” books, listen to the library’s podcast, HUSH, episode 58.

Natalie Moreland

Natalie works in the Kids Library and has a background in teaching. She delights in spreading bookjoy to people of all ages. She also takes interest in cycling, creating art, social justice, raising small livestock, and making music.