BANNING BOOKS — An UnAmerica Act

child reading book: words have power read a banned book
Image courtesy ALA.org

Schools are supposed to be places where we encourage young people to do exactly that — think. It’s a place to be exposed to a wide range of ideas and learn how to evaluate them critically.

I’m the parent of teenage children and one of the most important lessons I’ve learned in all my years of being a mom is that kids learn most from the behavior you model as a parent. It makes me wonder what lesson the parents who challenge books are conveying to their kids. That certain viewpoints are “acceptable” and “correct” in a democratic society and others are not? That young people don’t have the emotional or intellectual intelligence to be able to read about certain behaviors without automatically trying to emulate them?

Sharing a book is a great way to start a conversation, and that’s another thing I’ve learned: being a good parent is all about the conversations.

What other parents are not entitled to do, under any circumstances, is to restrict access to the books my kids read.

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Sarah Darer Littman

Sarah Darer Littman

insatiably curious middle-grade/young adult author, writing mentor. SOME KIND OF HATE 11/1/22 Scholastic Press #medialiteracy sarahdarerlittman.com