Wednesday, October 12, 2016

Since the 1800s, attitudes about which books are “appropriate” for kids to read have too often suppressed stories about different cultures and life experiences.

Keeping books about certain types of children out of libraries perpetuates a vision of a sheltered American childhood that has rarely existed.

“When we say ‘This book is inappropriate,’ we’re telling those children ‘your situation … your family … your life is inappropriate.” 

Still, one thing hasn’t changed since the dawn of censorship: having your book banned is very, very good for an author’s sales. “If what you’re trying to do is stop this book from getting into the hands of a minor,” LaRue says, “the surest way to [fail] is to declare it forbidden.”

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