Books for Children Top “Great Books” Lists


While the great debate over whether adults should love or hate YA books raged this summer, Facebook users were busy listing their top ten favorite books in a viral status update challenge. Turns out, Facebook’s favorite books were meant for children. Mother Jones reports that almost all of the most popular books are from the Young Adult genre. At least Ayn Rand didn’t make the top twenty most popular titles.

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