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Banning Children’s Literature: The Right to Read

Fair Observer

Literature helps young people realize they are not alone in the world. The National Children’s Book and Literary Alliance (NCBLA), founded by young people’s authors and illustrators, believes that literacy is far more than the ability to read. Its primary function is as an advocacy and education organization promoting literacy, libraries and literature. Censorship and reading rights issues are an auxiliary interest rather than a primary focus. In the following discussion, Mary Brigid Barrett, president and executive director of the NCBLA, and Maria Salvadore, a specialist in children’s literature, discuss the importance of the kids’ right to read.

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"I have always imagined that paradise will be a kind of library." — Jorge Luis Borges