Young adult books are some of the best books. These books are the ones which are written for young adults who are between the ages 12 and 16. What’s special about these books is that they still have the innocent childish affect children’s books have and also have this new extra maturity to them.
Most children’s books are written in a very safe way, without making them sound too scary, so as to not give them nightmares. But when they reach the young adult age children become more curious and want to find out all about things they haven’t explored before. This is when they start reading young adult books which help them discover themselves better. The other reason why they read these books is that their parents, who stopped them from reading these scary books, now feel that they are old enough and buy them copies of these books.
Some popular fiction books that belong to this age group are “Twilight”, “Harry Potter”, “Eragon”, etc. They have sold millions of copies and continue to sell many more copies every year. “Harry Potter” and “Eragon” come under the most popular book genre Fantasy and this has been the reason for their success.
Twilight has been successful because vampire fiction is a favourite among readers. There is a demand for vampire fiction books and many authors have started writing a lot of vampire fiction books recently, which have done really well. Some good vampire fiction books are Dracula and Fevre Dream.
Just because these books are called young adult books and written for young adults, it doesn’t mean that they are supposed to be read by them only. They can actually be read by younger children also. There are many children out there who are ready and confident of reading young adult books like Harry potter and they enjoy reading them.
You are also never too old to read these books either. These books can be enjoyed by adults too. This is because when a book is well written anybody will enjoy reading them.
It also doesn’t mean that young adults should only read these books and no other books. They should be allowed to read any book they want to. If they feel they are ready to read difficult books that are written for adults they should be allowed and if they enjoy reading picture books that are written for children they should be allowed to read them too.
So if your child wants to read a book that doesn’t belong to their age category you should allow them to read it, as it’s not the age that is important, it’s the knowledge they gain, that’s important. You could also read the book before hand and make sure that its age appropriate, before you give it to them to read.
Mitt Ray is a children’s and young adult author.