doctorow at June 20th, 2014 23:00 — #1
willondon at June 20th, 2014 23:16 — #2
The local librarian was good enough to give my Mom the heads up about Judy Blume. They both agreed that if my little sister didn't notice anything, it means it went right over her head, and if she noticed anything, it was because she was ready to ask about it.
retepslluerb at June 21st, 2014 01:37 — #3
That's kind of nice, but this concerns parents who worry that their kids may read about topics they are not ready for.
Yet more dangerous – especially to their children – are those who are afraid that their kids may read about topics they are ready for.
janusnode2 at June 21st, 2014 01:57 — #4
What's this? Sanity on the Internet?
I had to write a letter to the school librarian when my daughter was twelve or so, letting them know she could check out any library book she wanted to. I have no idea who the censors are trying to protect or what they are trying to protect them from.
slartibartfast at June 21st, 2014 06:50 — #5
In your case, the library may have just been trying to protect themselves from the administration or other parents.
gilbertwham at June 21st, 2014 07:43 — #6
When I was a kid (12 or so), I was stopped from checking out a copy of Dune, as it was in the 'adult' section. Apparently, they did, in fact, judge books by their covers, as I picked one from the 'kids' SF section that, whilst it had an awful cover penned in felt-tip by the looks of it (HEL-LO US import!), was just slightly milder than Kathy Acker. Yeesh.
nemonowan at June 21st, 2014 07:49 — #7
Oh Judy... this is never about what may make the kids uncomfortable... it is about what makes the PARENTS uncomfortable. And they are very bad at handling those things.
rodaniel at June 21st, 2014 08:58 — #8
Now granted, my son has only just turned 8, so the content issue is not yet too much of a concern, but my attitude is reading is reading.
If he asks for a(nother) book about sea creatures, fantastic. If he asks for a book about ninja pirates kidnapping zombie goldfish, that's fine too. The next installation of Wimpy Kid? You betcha! Am I crazy about the branding that encourage (and sometimes leads to) ancillary toy purchases? Not really.
But the point is, he's reading! Actual, honest to goodness, mind expanding, old school, tree-based literature instead of digital junk! I'm going to do as little as possible to get in the way of that!
mindysan33 at June 21st, 2014 10:34 — #9
Yes! Judy Blume is a national treasure!
Also, this seems appropriate... Amanda Palmer's song about the role Judy Blume played in her life. Sorry it's a crappy cellphone video. The song is on the album she did with Gaiman:
chgoliz at June 21st, 2014 11:14 — #10
+1 for my kids' schools then: none of them ever asked for that. In fact, we were told at the various parents' nights that the kids had the right to take out any books they wanted to.
chgoliz at June 21st, 2014 11:18 — #11
One of my kids took a very long time to get into reading. But then she found graphic novels, and those propelled her into the reading universe. I cannot comprehend graphic novels. I don't know how to read them. Seriously, it's like I'm looking at hieroglyphics or something. But that's what got her excited about reading, so who cares if I'm a fan, right?
the_borderer at June 21st, 2014 11:27 — #12
As someone who is dyslexic and found ebook readers a massive improvement over dead tree (I read at least one book every two weeks instead of less than one a month now) I will disagree with your view on digital. Video games also help stop me from burning out, so by playing them I can keep this amount of reading going long term.
I won't disagree too strongly though, because reading is good.
strangefriendbb at June 21st, 2014 12:07 — #13
I remember turning 12 & then reading Fanny Hill. But I got it from my parents' bookshelf , not from a library.
boundegar at June 21st, 2014 14:28 — #14
Even at 12 I was wise enough not to put it down and ask, "mommy, what's a godemiche?"
cservant at June 21st, 2014 14:35 — #15
Somehow xkcd comic seems appropriate.
mindysan33 at June 21st, 2014 14:59 — #16
How so? I'm kind of confused how that fits.... other than both being about childrens/YA lit.
marilove at June 21st, 2014 16:32 — #17
@chgoliz I buy my nephew graphic novels, including the more advanced ones (he's 12, so more than ready for those), because he EATS THEM UP. I'm a great aunt.
marilove at June 21st, 2014 16:33 — #18
I really hate this either/or mentality. There is room for both digital and 'dead-tree' books in this world.
ghostly1 at June 21st, 2014 16:49 — #19
But, when you get right down to it, there's room for so many more of the digital ones.
marilove at June 21st, 2014 16:50 — #20
Technically, yes, you are correct. I moved across the country and had to get rid of most of my books, some of which I had bought within the last year, and I was very sad, but it just wasn't economical to send them. I only had enough in my budget for one box of media mail. Sniff.
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