Saturday, November 22, 2008

What do you mean they can't read that?

Banning Books from Sugar Jones on Vimeo.


followthatdog said...

I love that book too! I think it encourages kids to explore the bounds of their imagination. Every child should read it. And the follow up books. Too much great stuff in there to ignore.

iStone said...

A valid argument against banning books. I agree that book banning should NEVER happen. I do, however, believe that some books should not be made available to children until they are emotionally/mentally/spiritually ready for the content. "You are what you eat." We hear that phrase all of our lives. It is true. If we eat nothing but junk food, we become obese, unhealthy, and eventually die prematurely. The same goes with what we feed our minds and our spirits. You are what you eat. Sometimes it is not so much the content, but the source of the content, or the delivery of the content that is the issue. My kids love to read books by G.P. Taylor, but choose not to read books by J.K. Rowling. The content of the books by those two British authors is similar, but the delivery and source of the content of the books by those two authors is as different as night and day. I guess that the point I am trying to make is that, just as in a balanced food diet, we need to encourage our children to "eat" a balanced diet, with the emphasis on healthy alternatives when "snacking". Does that make sense?

D'Arcy said...

Sugar! I love your live video postings. It really helps to connect more with you, to see you talking and debating.

Yes, I have made my feelings pretty well known on this topic. I am pretty open to letting my kids read things that make them think.

I think there is a difference between smutty romance novels that teach a girl to depend on a man and to have out of this world the Judy Blume portrayal of it, and books about teenage pregnacy and abuse.

I think the main thing I want is for my kids to feel that they never have to have a bootleg copy of anything, but to have the copy out in the open and to be able to talk to me about it. That's just learning, plain and simple.

This was a great post!!

Rowena said...

I call Twilight and books like it "gateway" books. They open the doors to better and better books.

There is a direct link to my reading VC Andrews {shudder} as a tweener and my picking up classic novels on my own just a few years later.

Tawdry romance novels are about *this* far from Pride and Prejudice.

Kids who read Stephen King are pretty darn likely to read Poe.

I can't think of any books that I would not want my kids to read. If there are things that are too much for them to handle, I would want to be there for them to help them understand them, but I would still want to allow them to chose what they read.

PS It's nice to hear your voice, not just read your words.

smiles4u said...

What a great your own voice! I never banned my children from reading any book. I knew what they were reading and if there was a questionable book, it was my window of opportunity for great discussions with them...and we had plenty of those!

Deb said...

now THIS is a cause i can get behind!

shel silverstein? really? say it isn't so! he's one of my kids' favorites (and mine, too!)

LOVE the video. keep up the good work.