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Growing Reader


6 Fantastic Kids Books by Authors Who Usually Write for Adults

by Tom Burns

Photo credits: Salman Rushdie (PEN American Center), Toni Morrison (Timothy Greenfield-Sanders), John Grisham (Penguin Young Readers), Alexander McCall-Smith (Tim Duncan), Margaret Atwood (Random House Books Australia), Stephen King (Everett Collection /

While “children’s book authors” and “adult book authors” are normally separated by both their subject matter and their placement on bookstore shelves, there are authors who have bridged that gap and released books that fall decidedly outside of their usual wheelhouse. Case in point, here are six excellent children’s books — written for kids of various ages — that all come from authors best known for their more adult offerings.