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How old is too old for a "juvenile" library book?

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message 1: by Lizzy (new)

Lizzy Not that I'm anywhere near 50 or anything, but I realized that most of the books on my to-read list can be found in the juv. section of the library. Sometimes I feel like an idiot going back there since I'm almost taller than the shelves. How old do you think is too old to be back there?

Of course I'd always go back there for HP. HP is the greatest!

Meels When you forget how to be a kid you may as well just pack it in, in my opinion. Read what you love, what you enjoy - who cares what anyone thinks! If you enjoy HP, try the Septimus Heap Trilogy and tell me what you think. The first book is called Magyk. They are on my "to read" list, but I did start Magyk and it was pretty good.

Trina Happily, my library shelves Harry Potter in the Young Adult and Adult sections, as well as the Juvenile section.

But I don't think you're ever too old to be in the children's section. And if anyone (like the evil librarians who rule the Hushlands) challenges you, say you're a teacher scoping out books for your students.

message 4: by 412 (new) - rated it 3 stars

412 Nobody's too old for books. I even wander into the kids' section from time to time, looking for well-done picture books. I'm 23 and definitely not a teacher, btw.

and no, i haven't been married yet :P

Personally i thought Harry Potter is in a limbo of age segmentation. The first three books was totally kiddy grade, but after the fourth one we can see Rowling trying to embrace older readers with varying results. Well, can't blame her for trying.

Ilene harry potter rox
u r never too old!

Cristina I know how you feel. My bf teases me about Harry Potter being for kids, but I don't care because billions of fans agree that HP is AWESOME. I am however less proud to admit that I am a Gossip Girl fan because I'm 21- not a teenager. I guess that's my guilty pleasure.

Susan I'm 44 and I snatched the last book from the postman hours after it was released.
And read it in one day.

You are never too old for Harry Potter, just like you are never too old for Narnia.

Alberto Indeed, you're never too old for any book. The pleasure of reading is something you don't grow out of, no matter what anyone may say to the contrary.

Lynn Nothing wrong with that! There are a ton of "juvenile" books that have great plot, great character development, and keep us engaged. When I'm in the big city and end up in Barnes and Nobles or Borders I always end up in the juvenile section (38 years old). I have read all HP and love the movies as well. As long as we're reading and keeping our minds active...that's all that really matters.

message 10: by Lynn (new) - rated it 5 stars

Lynn Amen! I re-read the Narnia series before the first movie came out and it was just as good as when I was a kid and read the series for the first time!

Sella Malin you are never, ever older than a book (too old for a book) and you shouldn't be ashamed of being in the juvenile section at all!!!

Hannah I'm 27 and almost all of my favorite books are children's books, both the books I've loved since I was a child, and the ones I've only read as an adult. Maybe that says something about me, I don't know, but I would definitly never be ashamed. You're never too old to read anything, even picture books.

Nicole I don't think I will ever leave the juvenile section!!! HP is for everyone!! from barely reading to dead!!

message 14: by Anna (new) - rated it 5 stars

Anna No age. No age is too old for a juvenile book. But then again, there is no such thing as a juvenile book. Especially not Harry Potter! I read "Sorcerer's Stone" and "Chamber of Secrets" when I was about 7 and I'm still reading them all these years later. Over and over again, mind you. :)

message 15: by Keri (last edited May 24, 2013 03:46PM) (new) - rated it 5 stars

Keri I just turned 40 and have read HP probably 10 times each. I frequently get books from the YA and juvenile sections. In fact, I just finished reading the Inkheart trilogy yesterday. I like fantasy and find the the juvenile fantasy books are more to my tastes since I prefer not to read the swearing and sexual content found in 99% of adult books. Also, unless the books are aimed at very small children, I find that the story depth, character development and plots of most are comparable to what would be in a book labeled as adult. So, I agree with everyone else who has posted and say, never too old. ;)

message 16: by Ange (new) - rated it 5 stars

Ange You are never too old. It's very good to read a variety of genres geared toward a variety of age groups, in my opinion.

message 17: by Line (new) - rated it 5 stars

Line You're to old when you're dead...
Not before then...

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Never too old.
You don't have to feel so self-concious for going back there. You're going there for the book, and if the book is good, it's worth it.

Rachael I work in the children's section of a library and I've seen quite a few adults come in looking for books for themselves. I've also been reading through some of the more popular "juvenile" series, partly to keep up with what my patrons are reading but also because they're just great stories. I figure if someone finds a book or series that really grabs them, then they should go for it, no matter what section it's shelved in. :)

Jennifer Calhoun Amelia wrote: "When you forget how to be a kid you may as well just pack it in, in my opinion. Read what you love, what you enjoy - who cares what anyone thinks! If you enjoy HP, try the Septimus Heap Trilogy a..."

Just wrote a review of the last Septimus Heap book and am amazed more HP fans don't read them.

Casey You are never ever too old! Or at least I hope not! Thankfully I work with kids so I have an excuse to wander into the Juvenile/Young Adult section under the guise of trying to better connect with the young people with whom I work.

So, I Read This Book Today No such thing! You are NEVER too old! It is nice to stay young.... :-)

Julia Amelia wrote: "When you forget how to be a kid you may as well just pack it in, in my opinion. Read what you love, what you enjoy - who cares what anyone thinks! If you enjoy HP, try the Septimus Heap Trilogy a..."

I agree.

My library puts HP in the juvenile section. I have to walk across the carpet where they hold reading sessions for four-year-olds; past the computers loaded with educational games for kids and labeled "This computer for juvenile use only"; through the books they use to teach kindergartners how to read. And it doesn't bother me a bit. That's where I keep finding other books that I enjoy.

I'm 30 years old. Old enough to read whatever I want.

Julia 412 wrote: "after the fourth one we can see Rowling trying to embrace older readers..."

I don't think that's what she was doing. I always felt the books are age-appropriate according to Harry's age. For example, I wouldn't encourage most kids under 13-14 to read the 4th book. And the 7th book is more appropriate for young adults.

Patricia Kaniasty I am 46 and I will read anything if it is deemed a worthy read. I have a great sense of adventure when it comes to books. If it bothers you to go to the juvenile section, go online to your library and put a hold on a book and the librarian will pull it for you. There is too young but NEVER too old.

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Sherry Ilene wrote: "harry potter rox
u r never too old!"

I agree!

message 27: by Anna (new) - rated it 5 stars

Anna The labels don't mean anything. To tell you the truth, I've read more "children's" or "juvenile" books than books for my age range! They are just better. :) Read what you want to read and don't worry what section it is shelved in at the library. That's where THEY decide it is best to be placed. It's their opinion and that of the marketer.

Erica Zgorzynski Never too old! Granted, I plan to be a teacher but a good book is a good book. I would still encourage adults (myself included) read books that still challenge them, at least some of the time, but you are never too old to read, even if it is a "juvenile" book.

Nichola If you want to read a book then read it. Sometimes books aimed at adults are trying so hard to be clever in their wording or construction etc, that they forget to tell a great story. Younger books don't have the same pretentiousness and sometimes you just want a decent fairy tale :)

message 30: by Feliks (last edited Aug 18, 2013 05:59PM) (new)

Feliks Very odd question. There's precious little line left anymore between 'juvenile' and 'adult' in this country, anyway. Especially for bizarre fan-trends like Harry Potter. Really ever since 'Star Wars' and 'Star Trek', the distinction is immaterial; Americans (particularly males) hover in a kind of adolescent mental state until well into their 30s. Most guys you meet in their 30s are huge fans of Die-Hard; Batman; Quentin Tarantino..and still play video games. There's no firm idea anymore about what is adult and what is juvenile.

message 31: by Paul (last edited Aug 18, 2013 06:57PM) (new) - rated it 5 stars

Paul Harmon You are too old for a juvenile book when you no longer enjoy it. Other wise you are never too old for a book that makes you smile.
In my 40s I still keep a copy of "Grover's Theres a Monster at the end of this book" because every time someone picks it up I smile and remember how much my kids loved it.

Harry Potter should never be too young for anybody though...brilliant books are ageless.

I just read Brandon Sanderson's YA title the Rithmatist for example and still enjoyed it despite it's label as YA.

Sparrowlicious I have no idea who said it but I think it's incredibly valuable:
If a YA book is only meant for young adults, then there's something seriously wrong with the book. A good YA book is also good for adults, if they like YA novels.

Deeptanshu While children will probably enjoy this book more than adults, I believe that the HP series is suitable for all ages.

Peter Castine If you're not yet 50 you're not even old.

message 35: by Anna (new) - rated it 5 stars

Anna "Old" is relative. Age shouldn't be a barrier if you want to read a certain book. Just read it! :)

Amber Your never to old!

message 37: by Wm. Scott (last edited Aug 19, 2013 09:45AM) (new) - rated it 5 stars

Wm. Scott Conway I think C. S. Lewis's dedication in his famous children's book, The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe / The Magician's Nephew, answers this question...

To Lucy Barfield

My Dear Lucy,

I wrote this story for you, but when I began it I had not realized that girls grow quicker than books. As a result you are already too old for fairy tales, and by the time it is printed and bound you will be older still. But some day you will be old enough to start reading fairy tales again. You can then take it down from some upper shelf, dust it, and tell me what you think of it. I shall probably be too deaf to hear, and too old to understand, a word you say, but I shall still be

your affectionate Godfather,
C. S. Lewis

Regarding Harry Potter, the books seem to "grow up" with the reader, with the first book being seemingly acceptable for ten year olds, while the last two books are obviously more suitable for adults.

I always tell people that whatever Harry's age is in the book is the MINIMUM age of the reader. I would not recommend a ten year old reading "The Deathly Hallows".

message 38: by Ari (new) - rated it 5 stars

Ari It doesn't matter how old you are, what matters is how good the book is.

message 39: by Ari (new) - rated it 5 stars

Ari And I read Deathly Hallows at age 9. I didn't notice/understand the more adult references, so it doesn't really matter. If you're a kid, you just say "eh, who cares? It's not important" and keep reading.

Sorrel It doesn't matter- I feel a bit embarrassed too but eh, who cares. Good children's books can be appreciated by people of any age. I'm just about to read Howl's moving castle which I found out my friend's sister's class studied when they were 8. Just like teenagers love Disney princess movies (well me and my friends do!). On the back of the books they say something like 9+ not 9-11

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Abby S. NEVER!!!!!!!!!!!!

Steve There is no such thing as too old for a juvie book. I read Holes when I was in my fifties and I loved it. Even though my favorite authors are Dostoevsky and Pynchon. Non-fiction children's books are great for learning basic information on a wide variety of subjects.

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Somerandom Too old for a juvenile book? What a weird concept! I'm 22 and I love re reading Roald Dahl and Dr Seuss!

Angie You're never to old for juvenile books. I'm nearly 40 and the young adult and juvenile, are my favorite sections at the library.

Sabreen You're never too old. It's just a matter of taste. I read a bit more juvenile fiction than the average person my age ( just because I can.)

Kristen I don't think you're ever too old to enjoy a kid's book. Some of the best loved classics are children's books (Secret Garden, Little Princess, Little Women, Black Beauty, Little House, etc.) and are the favorites of tons of adults.

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