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Who is a Book for Anyway? by Cassie Beasley


Ever had someone say that certain books aren’t “right” for certain people?

What if someone said a particular book wasn’t right for your child?

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My parents never said no to a book.

Every year they said, “No, we can’t have an extra week of vacation.” (You’d think they would have given in at least once.) And they said, “No, you can’t stay up until midnight. You’re sleepy.” (I wasn’t.) And on one memorable occasion my mother shouted, “NO! Did you just bite her?” (“Her” was my sister. It was an accident.)

But they never once told me I couldn’t read a book. In fact, it didn’t occur to me that someone might object to any book at all until I was in the sixth grade. That was the year our homeroom teacher decided she was going to read Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone to us. After describing the book, she explained that we would only proceed if our parents were okay with us hearing about witches and wizards.

I was baffled by the…

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6 responses to “Who is a Book for Anyway? by Cassie Beasley

  1. Martina Sevecke-Pohlen July 3, 2015 at 3:16 am

    My parents didn’t want me to read the autobiography of a girl who became a heroin addict at thirteen. I think I waas about fourteen at that time. The book was famous in Germany in the 1980s, although when I come to think of it, only friends with “liberal” parents knew it. Looking back, it was the kind of book that needs to be discussed with a teenager. Forbidden? Considering how young that girl was when she became addicted, parents cannot close their eyes and hope their child will never notice drugs. Maybe some books need to be saved for later but their subjects have to be discussed now. And forbidding a book because of pink covers, horses, cowboys and witches is … dangerous?

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    • Alexander M Zoltai July 3, 2015 at 3:18 am

      Perhaps, Martina, it’s like “parental guidance” with TV shows—let them read the book but make sure you discuss it with them?

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      • Martina Sevecke-Pohlen July 4, 2015 at 6:00 am

        Yes, that’s it. You have to be open for subjects that may not interest you or that clash with your beliefs because they can be important for your child.

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        • Alexander M Zoltai July 4, 2015 at 12:43 pm

          I do believe, Martina, you’ve stated it better than I did :-)

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          • Martina Sevecke-Pohlen July 5, 2015 at 2:31 pm

            You, Alexander, made me put into words what I had been musing about for a Long time :-)

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            • Alexander M Zoltai July 5, 2015 at 2:34 pm

              Well, then, I have some cause for celebration, Martina :-)

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