What’s The Nine-Year-Old reading this week?


Our mostly-weekly survey of the tidbits that cross The Nine-Year-Old’s desk. This week, The Nine-Year-Old brings homes more gems from deep into the shelves of her school library, including a book by one of the most notorious authors of my childhood.

A sampling of this week’s books:

Back in the before times when I was just a young kid in Texas, there was a bit of a dust-up about Judy Blume’s book, Are You There God? It’s Me, Margaret. My elementary school library was one of the libraries that banned it nearly on sight, so of course, every girl in my class promptly went to the public library and read it as thoroughly as possible.

It was my earliest experience of censorship (and its limitations) and wouldn’t be my last.

I still get a little thrill each time my daughter brings home one of Judy Blume’s books, and more often than not find myself telling her all about how my school library wouldn’t stock any of them when I was a child. After Are You There, God? It’s Me, Margaret my school librarian openly considered Judy Blume to be an author that could not be trusted with impressionable young minds.

The Nine-Year-Old is suitably appalled each time the story comes up, and becomes ever more appreciative of her own school librarians, who obviously wouldn’t do such a short-sighted thing.

The more books you read, the less power any one of them has over you. At least, that’s my working theory. Bit self-serving, I suppose, since reading makes me happy, and my daughter reading gives me some much needed quiet time in the afternoon, which, come to think of it, also makes me happy.

Have you or your Caterpickle experienced censorship? What was your response to it?

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About Shala Howell

I spent two decades helping companies like Bell Labs, Juniper Networks, and a genetic testing company that was later acquired by CVS translate some of the world’s most complicated concepts into actionable, understandable English. Now I'm working on a much harder problem -- fostering children’s curiosity and engagement in the scientific, artistic, and linguistic world that surrounds them. The first book in my Caterpickles Parenting Series, What’s That, Mom?, focuses on how to use public art to nurture children’s curiosity in the world around them. My next book will focus on science, and how parents without a science degree can answer their curious child's questions without enrolling in a college level refresher course. In the meantime, you can find me blogging about life with a very curious Eleven-Year-Old at Caterpickles.com, chatting about books and the writing life at BostonWriters.blog, and tweeting about books, writing, science, & things that make me smile at @shalahowell.
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One Response to What’s The Nine-Year-Old reading this week?

  1. Pingback: The 5 best books of The Nine-Year-Old’s year (so far) | CATERPICKLES

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