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6 Children’s Stories That Appear in Adult Novels

by Keith Rice

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Given the impact that the universal themes, moral lessons, imagination, and creativity of children’s literature can have on readers of all ages, it should come as no surprise that authors sometimes let those influences shine through in their books for grown-ups. Seeing a favorite children’s story make an appearance in adult literature is a fun experience, one that reminds us of the universal charm of the stories, awakens that pleasant feeling of shared nostalgia, or simply makes us see the children’s story in a new light.

Here are few of our favorite appearances of children’s stories in books for adults:

Have you ever read an adult book that featured a children’s story within its narrative? Let us know in the comments below!