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Taking magic out of books

By Hannah Edwards

Experts fear censorship of children’s books is on the rise, with themes of witchcraft, swear words and obscenities the main targets of commercially minded publishers, angry parents and librarians. Authors often struggle to get their books placed in school libraries or past their publishers, who are eager not to offend or to sacrifice sales, leaving children with less reading choice than before.

Associate professor in teacher librarianship at Charles Sturt University, Ken Dillon, who co-authored a study into the topic, said he had seen more evidence of censorship of children’s literature in the past decade. “There is nothing to suggest things have improved,” he said.

Read the original article at: The Sydney Morning Herald

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