Children’s Books by Famous Authors of Adult Literature

Can authors write for both kids and adults? The Guardian doesn’t seem to think so, but with this list we beg to differ. Sure, there’s some crossover in genre — as we all know, a lot of adults love Harry Potter with all the strength in their muggle bodies — but the books we’ve picked were written expressly for children, regardless of whether or not grown ups like them too, and written by authors who are primarily famous for their adult literature. You may be surprised by who has made the foray into kiddie lit — it turns out that some of the most serious authors we can think of have a warm, nougat center full of laughter and sunshine. Or something like that. Click through to see our list of children’s book written by famous “adult” authors and let us know which of your favorites we’ve missed in the comments!

George Saunders — The Very Persistent Gappers of Frip

Now Saunders is one author we always knew had a warm nougat center, despite his hilarious satirical short stories. The Very Persistent Gappers of Frip is also hilarious and satirical, but instead of brutal futuristic testing centers filled with cons, this gem is about a town where spiky orange gappers glom onto goats every night and must be brushed off eight times a day.