Tuesday, 28 September 2010

Wardrobes and masturbating mice: censoring children's books

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This week is Banned Books Week, in which the American Civil Liberties Union highlight the censorship of children's books in the US, particularly in "Bible Belt" states. Over on the main New Humanist website, children's author Anne Rooney reveals the themes and images that fall victim to the censors (all sorts of things from Tibet, to Israel-Palestine, to masturbating mice, mini-penises and free-standing wardrobes) and explains how the censorship affects the UK children's book market too.

Banned Books Week isn't a solely an American concern either – to coincide with the US version, the UK Banned Books initiative, showcasing "50 books that are mad, bad and dangerous to read", is taking place in libraries around the country.
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