It’s no secret to anyone that knows me that I love children’s books, even if my feelings about actual children are often mixed. Don’t get me wrong, other people’s kids are totally charming and lovely, but the thought of one of my own is the stuff my nightmares are made of. But that’s a whole other story.
I’ve briefly mentioned before that Dinner: A Love Story is doing an absolutely fabulous summer reading series featuring guest posts by rockstar kids authors like Daniel Handler, alias Lemony Snicket.
I love these posts because even though the featured authors have been wildly successful in their work, they’re quirky and offbeat and the books they recommend are likewise off-kilter, not-your-typical-kid-lit, which means that these books are still totally awesome EVEN if you’re not a kid and EVEN if you’re not weirdly obsessed with children’s books (like me). And the best part: I had never heard of some of them. That might not sound like a big deal to you but let’s get it straight: I am a connoisseur of children’s books. I’m not bragging when I say I’m an expert, it’s just the truth. There are very few books I haven’t at least heard about, so I pretty much swooned when I saw these lists of gorgeous, wonderous titles that were mostly totally new to me.
If you like kid’s books the way I do (or even just a little bit), if you have a kid or know someone with a kid, this series is totally worth checking out here. Thank you, DALS.