Censorship of Children and Teen Materials


As a librarian, I am staunchly against censorship, especially for children’s materials. The priority should be to encourage children to read and to develop their own subjective tastes, not to limit their access. I strongly agree with Emily Calkins when she says that parents have the right to limit their own children’s access to materials that they feel are inappropriate, but they do not have the right to limit materials for all children. Parents to take up arms to remove books from libraries are doomed to fight a battle they can’t win. They cannot purge all bad things from the world, to make this a safe place for their children. They should spend their energies teaching their own kids how to navigate the world as it is, will all its danger and impropriety.


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