As someone who loves to read, I want to remind adult readers about the joys of a well-written children’s book. If you want a pick-me-up, some deep philosophy, beautiful artwork, or some great humor, you can find it and more in the children’s section. If you have young children, you are probably already aware of these treasures, but if it’s been a while since you’ve checked out the children’s section, you might be surprised. Here are a few favorite books I reread, share, and even gift to adult friends.

As a writer, sometimes I get stuck and need a boost or a good laugh. For that reason, I keep Winnie-the-Pooh, by A. A. Milne at my desk. Every so often I read a chapter, laugh, and even find wisdom. There have been several books written on the philosophy of Winnie the Pooh, a story full of thoughtfulness, kindness, leadership, and dealing with personalities. Though I have enjoyed reading books like The Tao of Pooh, by Benjamin Hoff, nothing is as good as just reading the original.

Moving forward in time, a book that is loved by preschoolers to senior citizens for philosophy and dealing with life’s situations is Zen Shorts, by Jon J. Muth. His stories within stories help readers learn to let things go, focus on the now, and give freely. It doesn’t hurt that the illustrations are gorgeous. This book meets the reader add their level, young or old. It’s a great gift for a graduate or anyone going through a life change.

For women in particular, I would suggest Moon by artist-author Allison Oliver. The art work is inspiring, and the story serves as a reminder. You are much more than your to-do-lists.

I'm sure you have your own favorites. Just know that there are so many new and wonderful children's books currently on the market, it's worth a look whether you're a fan of good stories, or a lover of art.

Next time you look for a fun read for you or an interesting gift for an adult friend, check out the children’s book section of your local bookstore or library.