Dr. Seuss controversy and contemporary children’s literature

Posted on November 8, 2017 at 6:00 am

By Jane Baker

A story appeared in the news recently about First Lady Melania Trump donating Dr. Seuss books to a school library and the school librarian rejecting the gift with harsh words about education policies and Dr. Seuss as racist propaganda (see the story here and the letter here).

In the October 29 episode of Library Out Loud—the Library District’s podcast featured on Spokane Talks OnlineSheri Boggs, Youth Collection Development Librarian, and I discuss this story.

The discussion is not intended to be political. Rather, it is more about how the gift and its rejection could have been handled better, about how children’s literature reflects culture, and includes some recommendations of more contemporary youth authors for today’s young readers. Listen to the podcast discussion below.

Sheri Boggs, Youth Collection Development Librarian

Sheri Boggs, Youth Collection Development Librarian

 

You can also listen to this podcast episode and other episodes of Library Out Loud on Spokane Talks Online.

Jane Baker

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