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Thursday, October 1, 2015

No books left...

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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.

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