Banning Books? Hmmm.
- February 07, 2022
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When I was ten years old, I saw a paperback on the coffee table in the living room and asked my brother if I could read it. He never looked up from his newspaper. “Sure.”
I was halfway through and just about to put it down (because my ten-year-old self found it boring), when my mom came in, saw what I was reading, and blasted my brother for it.
The book? Summer of ‘42.
I figured that the interesting part must have been in the second half of the book, why else would my mom have confiscated it? So I waited one day when no one was around, and finished it.
Boring. Had she not made such a fuss, I would have stopped reading and gone on my way.
Other than that, I don’t recall being restricted in what I read. Reading was important in my family. Reading meant education. Reading sparked questions, and communication.
The fastest way to get a kid to read something? Ban it. Want to see some lists of banned books? Here you go: