Kids explain how they found help in banned books. My conclusion: don’t ban books for the sake of parents’ view on life.

“To explore the significance of controversial books for young readers, we asked authors of frequently challenged books to share messages they’ve received from their readers.”


“As a result, we have received hundreds of messages testifying to the positive effects of reading the very books that are frequently challenged and sometimes censored. These are books that confront issues that many young readers worry about but may be reluctant to discuss: issues like race and ethnicity, bullying, sexuality, body image, drugs, self-harm, anxiety, social isolation, violence and abuse. Teenagers are often acutely aware of these issues in their own lives and the lives of their friends, and they struggle to make sense of them.”

Read kids’ responses at BoingBoing.


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