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In honor of Children's Book Week: Embrace your inner young reader

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Illustration from "The North Star" by Peter H. Reynolds

(Read caption) Would you rather read like a child?

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Children's Book Week 2010 is being celebrated from May 10-16. Could there be a better time to confess that you'd really rather read a book for kids?

If you follow book news, you already know that there are plenty of readers who either forsake adult lit for books aimed at young readers – or simply wish that they could. Rebecca Serle's piece on Huffington Post yesterday was just one more profession of kiddie-book love. And she explains quite succinctly what it was that turned her from the "serious" and "challenging" world of adult lit to that of kid's books: joy.

"Because the true secret to writing is not brilliance or talent or even commitment – albeit they're important," she writes. "The secret to writing is joy. And we could all, even us grown ups, use a little more of that."

Serle is far from alone. "No more smuggling. No more shame," wrote one Midwestern reader as she came out in the open and joined a children's book club at her local bookstore.

Or what about the Canadian reader who confessed to a journalist that she had been known to wrap teen novels "inside an issue of The Economist while reading in public"?


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