We want our children to be critical thinkers and good citizens.
The prevalence and popularity of offensive children’s books is astounding. These books do not inspire critical thinking skills, good behavior, or develop a child’s knowledge in general. While it is okay that children might read some of these books occasionally, series after series are flooding our libraries and classrooms, displacing high quality literature. Where is the outrage over these poor quality books marketed to our children?
Crude books encourage children to do things like make arm farts or burp and laugh at it! When children need humor give them a book of funny and tasteful jokes and riddles (e.g. Laugh-Out-Loud Jokes for Kids and National Geographic Kids Just Joking) or quality literature with humor like The Stranger Next Door. At least then they are learning to read between the lines and contemplate the intricacies of language and usage while they laugh!
We need educated and thoughtful citizens in our country. This is not encouraged when children are rewarded for reading books that end with pictures suggesting that “birds are practicing target shooting at the human below” — as described by a child commenting on a current Sunshine State Young Readers Award (SSYRA) book. This type of crass humor targeted at young children does not take much thought. It’s the least common denominator in the world of humor, potty-talk, and a low bar to set for our children.
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