Over the past couple of decades, topics that would never have been accepted in children's publishing in our parents' generation don't shock anyone today. Opinions about which are the best books for kids continue to change year by year.
With the rapid growth of electronic book sales and free ebooks online, the decline in popularity of print newspapers, and an increased use of online reading devices like Kindles, Nooks, and iPhones, it’s easy to see WHY the world of publishing is changing.
I still remember hearing about the controversies over Lois Lowry’s The Giver when it was published in 1993. Many parents (and perhaps some teachers) didn't feel comfortable with the idea of children being exposed to the issues of suicide and euthanasia (both of which are major topics in The Giver).
In 1951, The Catcher in the Rye by J.D. Salinger stirred up controversy due to the book's excessive use of vulgarity, along with the fact that Holden Caulfield was mentally unstable.
Over a century ago, in 1885, it was The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn (by Mark Twain) – a book most of us now consider a classic that all children should read! "Obscenity, atheism, bad grammar, coarse manners, low moral tone, and anti-southernism" were some of the main objections people expressed.
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Get Caught Reading in May!
Although there is only week left of May, the Get Caught Reading literacy campaign doesn't have to end June 1!
Get Caught Reading's goal is to remind people of all ages how much fun it is to read. Hundreds of libraries across the country help promote it with special events and daily "reading corners."
According to GetCaughtReading.org, research shows that "early language experience actually stimulates a child's brain to grow and that reading to children gives them a huge advantage when they start school."
SOCIAL MEDIA CONNECTIONS
In January, GetCaughtReading.org launched the What Are You Reading? campaign, which includes over 30 new author videos. Check us out on YouTube, follow us on Twitter, like us on Facebook, and tell your friends!
YouTube Channel: www.youtube.com/WhatAreYouReading1
Twitter Hashtag to Use: #WhatAreYouReading
If you'd like to learn more about GCR's initiatives, email firstname.lastname@example.org to be added to the Get Caught Reading newsletter distribution list.
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