One of the links that came into my inbox this week (courtesy of the ALIA Weekly Bulletin) was an article featuring children’s author Judy Blume talking about overly-anxious parents worrying about their kids’ reading choices (It’s worth clicking on the link just to see how amazing she looks in her mid 70s!). Judy’s opinion is that on the whole, kids will self-censor their reading, skimming or skipping over the bits that they don’t understand or aren’t ready to read.
This is more or less how I grew up reading. My parents have always told me that when we made trips to the library or the bookshop when I was a child, the only censorship they applied was price. When it was my turn to take my own children to the library I tried to apply the same philosophy and I had largely the same experience.
What do my children’s librarian friends and colleagues think?