Is Censorship a Dirty Word?

Written by Nikki Tate-Stratton

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Instead of an outright ban, try a compromise: "For every two books from Objectionable Series A, why don't you try one of these." Then, make sure you have a few appropriate alternatives around. Offer to help build your child's personal collection by buying one book each week (and indicate which, if any, titles are not onrepparttar purchasing list. Suggest your child borrowrepparttar 129691 less desirable titles fromrepparttar 129692 library.) Draw onrepparttar 129693 knowledge of teachers, librarians, and children's booksellers when looking for suggestions. There are also several reading guides that list dozens of titles by age, subject, and reading level (100 Books for Girls to Grow On, Shireen Dodson, Great Books for Boys: More than 600 Books for Boys 2 to 14, Kathleen Odean, or Canadian Children's Books: A Critical Guide to Authors and Illustrators, Raymond E. Jones and Jon C. Stott are a few such handbooks).

One constructive way to encourage kids to try books outside their reading comfort zones is to reinstate family reading time. Sometimes, when children reachrepparttar 129694 end of their interest in picture books we stop reading to them, but even teenagers enjoy a good novel shared in installments. With older children, take turns reading to each other and also alternate who choosesrepparttar 129695 selections. This is a great way to introduce your kids to some authors they may not be willing to try on their own.

Recognize that children do not grow up in a strictly linear, well-organized way. When your 12 year-old digs out his collection of Berenstain Bear books, this is a perfectly normal way of returning to a secure, pleasant and familiar place. There's no need to censor here, either, by making a disparaging remark about 'reading something a little more appropriate' or, even worse, donatingrepparttar 129696 collection torepparttar 129697 local daycare when your son is at school.

Taken collectively, it isrepparttar 129698 vast array of subjects and approaches that makesrepparttar 129699 world of books (likerepparttar 129700 wider world those books represent) so exciting. Teaching your child that it is quite acceptable to read a book and dislike it, or read a book and completely disagree withrepparttar 129701 author helps create a critical reader capable of forming carefully considered opinions. Opening doors to new reading material is one ofrepparttar 129702 best ways to expose our children torepparttar 129703 vast complexity ofrepparttar 129704 world around us. Closing doors withrepparttar 129705 heavy hand of censorship doesn't providerepparttar 129706 same opportunities for growth, discussion, andrepparttar 129707 development of critical thinking skills. And is that not what reading is all about?

Censorship Mini-Quiz 1.Which ofrepparttar 129708 following authors made it torepparttar 129709 1999 Most Challenged Authors list (compiled byrepparttar 129710 Office for Intellectual Freedom inrepparttar 129711 USA)? a.Judy Blume b.Robert Cormier c.Stephen King d.Lois Lowry e.Christopher Pike f.Phyllis Reynolds Naylor g.J.K. Rowling 2.What wasrepparttar 129712 first recorded incident of censorship in Western history? 3.Which ofrepparttar 129713 following titles have been banned? a.Madame Bovary (Gustave Flaubert) b.Onrepparttar 129714 Origin ofrepparttar 129715 Species (Charles Darwin) c.Les Miserables (Victor Hugo) d.The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn (Mark Twain) e.Ulysses (James Joyce) f.A Farewell to Arms (Ernest Hemmingway) g.Alice in Wonderland (Lewis Carroll) h.The Merchant of Venice (William Shakespeare) i.Grapes of Wrath (John Steinbeck) j.As I Lay Dying (William Faulkner) k.Little Red Riding Hood 4.What two books did Plato feel were inappropriate for immature readers? 5.What wasrepparttar 129716 first printed book to be banned in England?

Answers. 1. All of them. 2. The condemnation of Socrates for blasphemy and corruption. His death sentence was handed down in 399 B.C. byrepparttar 129717 Athenian Assembly. 3. All of them. 4. The Iliad and The Odyssey 5. The New Testament. For more information on censorship and book banning, visit Or

Nikki Tate is a writer and storyteller from British Columbia. She is the author of the Tarragon Island juvenile novels, the Estorian Chronicles (a YA fantasy trilogy), Jo's Triumph (historical fiction for young readers), and the StableMates series of horse novels.

Tate also works as a freelance writer, writing on subjects from tattoos to compost. Her articles, reviews, and opinion pieces have appeared in publications in Canada, Japan and the USA.

Writing for Yourself

Written by Amrit Hallan

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Remember that it's you who arerepparttar conveyor of your ideas, not some other writer you are trying to emulate. If they are your thoughts, then they have to be manifested in your words.

Some writers keep waiting forrepparttar 129689 right moment. Believe me, this isrepparttar 129690 biggest hurdle a writer faces. What'srepparttar 129691 difference between "normal" people and highly successful people? Normal people wait forrepparttar 129692 opportunity, or if they are lucky, they stumble into an opportunity. Onrepparttar 129693 other hand, successful people either create opportunities of their own, or they keep working without getting bothered about opportunities - for them, even smaller chances turn into bigger opportunities. So keep writing without waiting for inspiration, orrepparttar 129694 "right moment". Keep writing, keep writing, and keep writing. For example, when I started working on this article, my brain felt like a stone. I'm down with flue, cold and cough. I slipped inrepparttar 129695 bathroom a few days back so all my joints are dancing a witch-dance of pain. When I decided to write this article, I felt a strange revulsion for my computer screen and my keyboard. I felt like I can never write and I'm not supposed to write. Every individual word felt like a drag. But then I told myself, "Heck I can write whenever I want to!"

I'm writing, and I don't know how this article is going to turn up. I'm writing this for myself. I have decided that I have to write today.

The best way to write is, let yourself loose. Immerse yourself inrepparttar 129696 subject. Get rid of inhibitions. Never let negative thoughts enter your mind. Above all, be sincere with yourself. It's only you who knows who you are and where you stand.

Amrit Hallan is a freelance copywriter, writer and a web developer. He also writes pages that are optimized for search engine rankings. Checkout his site, and read more of his writings at

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