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“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.”
~ Katherine Paterson
I believe that parents should pay attention to the books that their children are reading and discuss them with their children. If there is a book a parent disapproves of, I believe that parent has the right to restrict his or her own children's access to it, particularly when they are young.
However, I also believe that no parent (or anyone else, for that matter) has the right to say which books other children can or cannot read. Things that I might find offensive, others may not -- and vice versa. As Paterson says, if we each got rid of the books we don't like, there would soon be no books left. And what a sad, sad day that would be.