Competencies for Librarians Serving Children in Public Libraries

Easter Eggs in Children’s Books

Cover image of Less by GreerIf you’re like me, you spend more time reading kidlit and YAlit than adult novels. That’s why I was tickled pink to find a kidlit easter egg1 in this year’s Pulitzer Prize winning novel, Less by Andrew Sean Greer.  The main character, Arthur Less, is traveling in Paris and makes a phone call to an old friend. He is unexpectedly invited to a posh party several hours before his flight is due to depart,

“He gives Less a nonsensical address on the rue du Bac, with two kinds of door code, then bids him a hasty au revoir. Less is left breathless below an old house all covered in vines. A group of school girls passes in two straight lines.”

I notice that adult books are often mentioned in children’s literature, but finding this little gem in an adult novel – the Pulitzer Prize winner, no less (!) was a delight.  Do you recognize the book? If you have any other examples of such artfully placed kidlit, do share.

1 If you’re not familiar with “easter eggs” in modern parlance, you can find them defined in the Urban Dictionary [ link:] .

Today’s guest post was written by librarian Lisa Taylor. Lisa is a graduate of TWU SLIS with a love for children’s lit. She’s an academic librarian and a collection development consultant in Florida. She reviews for AudioFile Magazine and School Library Journal. She can be found on her blog, Shelf-employed, or @shelfemployed on Facebook.

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This post addresses the following ALSC Core Competency: IV. Knowledge, Curation, and
Management of Materials.


  1. Joanne Friedman

    Hi Lisa,

    Have you noticed that Jeopardy often uses children’s books as a category of answers? Also, sometimes Final Jeopardy is about children’s literature. The adult contestants usually know their children’s literature. Jeopardy answers aren’t Easter eggs, but the books we read do make lasting impressions.

    Hello from Performers’Showcase Committee.

  2. Lisa

    Yes, I have seen that! And Hi! Still on the Committee? 🙂

    1. Joanne Friedman

      Yes, the committee is still promoting all kinds of performances in libraries.

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