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28 January 2010


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Sonya Sones

As the brilliant newly appointed 2010 United States Ambassador of Children’s Books, Katherine Paterson, once said, "All of us can think of a book that we hope none of our children or any other children have taken off the shelf. But if I have the right to remove that book from the shelf - that work I abhor - then you also have exactly the same right and so does everyone else. And then we have no books left on the shelf for any of us."

Power to the readers!

Sonya Sones

Carm J

Hmmmm... as a 6th grader I was alternately reading The Thornbirds, Betsy-Tacy Books, and the Bible. :) I despise censorship. Censor your own child if you must, but don't censor mine. (not long after my Thornbirds read, my dad loaned me Clan of the Cave Bear.... yikes.) A book shelved in a library is not the same thing as an "assigned" book.


An adult reads a book like The Yearling with all its themes: responsibility of adulthood, lost childhood, exile from "Eden," etc. along with its setting in a frontier Florida that doesn't exist any longer and its memorable characters, and all they can take away from it is "its use of the n- word"? That is so depressing it is unfathomable.

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