As a child there was one thing I begged for before going to sleep, a bedtime story. Stories that we grew up with and dreamt about throughout our childhood. But now as the years go by children’s books are being patronized and pulled apart by the little things authors write about, language and violence for example, are two things parents are now revolting against within these childhood books.
Banned Books Week is a week that the Whitmore Library displays books that have banned by different schools. The books that are banned are mostly in public libraries and elementary schools libraries that have parents that want to challenge the library to take away that certain book because they believe that the book is not suitable for children to be reading. For example, Where the Wild Things Are, by Maurice Sendak, was banned for its belief of being too frightening to be in a children’s library.
Kim Cochrane, who is the Curriculum Librarian, describes how the process of a book is banned “Every library should have a policy on banned books.First, we ask the person challenging the book, to read the book, and write their reasons for the challenge. The challenge is brought to the board of that particular library. At that point the board might decide to let the book stay on the shelf, or to remove the book, either temporarily or permanently.” The books that are displayed when walking into the Whittemore Library are books that people should be surprised about, these are the books that we grew up with and are currently being banned. Parents, who want to challenge the distribution of some of the books, miss the entire point to why the book was written. The point of the week is to spread the word of books that are being banned all over the country. Hopefully by spreading the word people will come to realize some of the ridiculous accusations that parents are complaining about in children’s books.
In my opinion I think the entire idea of a book being banned is ridiculous. Especially if it is a book that was written specifically for children. Authors write these books for the child’s enjoyment, not to scare the child or to show them how to use profound language. Parents are complaining about ridiculous things that they didn’t like about the book and coming up with crazy accusations so that the books are taken off the shelves. Libraries around the nation should do exactly what Kim said they should do, which is to take the book off the shelf until the subject dies down. The book should go back on the shelf afterwards, because these books have contributed to our growth, parent’s growth and should be there to read for the next generation.
By: Shelby Wood