Something that has been bothering me for a while is the trend in recent years to include or focus the topic of some children’s books around themes that are too sophisticated or unsuitable (I think). At our CPTLA conference last May, Paul MacDonald (Children’s Book Shop in Beecroft) spoke of the line of topics written for adults & teenagers becoming ‘fuzzy’. He put this down to the growing market for this age group intensifying with the likes of the Twilight series etc. I think this ‘fuzziness’ may be now penetrating some picture story books/novels aimed at primary aged children. I showed a book at our last network meeting called About a Girl which dealt with a lesbian relationship between 2 young girls (not that there’s anything wrong with that!). In my last batch of books from ASO there was a book titled The Glass House which I can only describe as ‘weird”. It deals with the issues of of paranoia, perfection, isolation, vandalism & with the main character suffering from OCD. Whilst I feel strongly against ‘censorship’ … it seems now that no topics are taboo. Yes these issues may be real life, but are they topics we want to see included in books for our students? (remember they are in primary school) What do you think? (Just thought I would open the discussion)
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