I'm rereading Holes by Louis Sachar for one of my classes (guess which one), and I asked both of my housemates if they'd read it. Neither have. I told them they should, but one answered with this: "If I was going to read books, I always thought I'd read adult books."
These books have so much to them, so much literary merit, that it's a damn shame that people won't read them simply because it's labeled as a children's book. People are missing such wonderful stories for the reason that they think it's beneath them.
Maybe this is just me talking as a person who wants to devote at least part of her life to children's literature, I don't know. I just think it's sad that people won't give books like Holes a chance.