Saturday, March 13, 2021

Seuss, Wilder, Barrie...

Dr Seuss Enterprises announced they would discontinue 6 of the author's books last week citing their derogatory stereotypes. 

Deborah Caldwell Stone, director of the American Library Association's Office for Intellectual Freedom told CNN, "We may make a reevaluation of those books and their place. It doesn't mean that people should stop reading the books or not have them in their collection, but they should be thinking critically about the books and how they are shared with young people."

The American Library Association opposes literary censorship. Rather than remove the offending books from their collections, librarians have come up with creative solutions to educate young readers, so while they may still delve into Laura Ingalls Wilder's pioneer adventures or Seuss' zany world of anthropomorphic animals, they'll come away knowing what's wrong with those stories -- and which books get diverse stories right.

Read how librarians continue to deal with books that portray racism herehere, and here.