Today's Booking Through Thursday asks this question:
What do you think of censoring books BECAUSE of their intended age? Say, books too “old” for your kids to read?
I'm pretty sure I don't have a "following" since I just write random stuff, BUT I often feel as if I repeat myself over and over (so if you do read my blog regularly, please don't roll your eyes and say I KNOW, SHE SAYS THAT ALL THE TIME.)
When I was in Junior High School, circa 1971-1973, I 'snuck' read The Godfather, The Exorcist, and Valley of the Dolls. (This is where I repeat myself--The Godfather is my favorite book)
All completely age inappropriate. And I am so glad I read them. I have fond memories of them all. Granted, there were a few things I didn't understand at the time (especially things Sonny Corleone did with his mistress. I couldn't even find that word in the dictionary! ~laughing~ ), but aside from those few things, they were good books and didn't hurt my moral conscience. I don't think anyway.
So, I have a hard time censoring books. And honestly, I had boys who I would have PAID to read anything. (a confession: I did pay my oldest son to read The Mouse and the Motorcycle when he was in the 5th grade. I'm not so sure it took. He's not an avid reader. He's 31.)
I think age appropriateness has to be a parental decision and I respect that.
Having said that tho.... I hate it when the other side doesn't respect my right to let my kids read anything they want. When they try to censor books in a public (or sometimes even a school) library.
I had an acquaintance once who, when she thought books were inappropriate, would take them and shove them behind other books on other shelves.
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