Imagine having a 10 year old daughter and her coming home with a book called A Mad Zombie Party. It's about Zombie slayers. Nothing like classic literature to enlighten and inform our young ones eh? Besides being Zombie slayers they are also teenagers who have casual sex. Awesome right?
"One and done. Bang and bail. Hit it and quit it."
Not exactly the Shakespearean experience we grew up with but how about this?
We currently have teachers, librarians, and others in education who think this kind of literature is good for teenage girls?
Is there anyone reading this that thinks this is appropriate for teen girls to be reading? The author has made it on the New York Times Best Sellers list and is promoted by Seventeen. And why shouldn't Seventeen promote a story about an 18 year old alcoholic zombie killer obsessed with a girl he dated for a year but turned into a zombie before he could sleep with her so he goes around sleeping with other girls who look like her?
Is this OK with you?
My brother and I recently had on Dan Kleinman (@SafeLibraries) on periscope to talk about the ALA, Drag Queen Story Hour, and the pedophile history some of those reading to our children have.
It's kind of long but it's important. Everyone in every city, especially those with kids, needs to be checking out their local libraries and paying attention to the books our young people are reading. The above example was from a friend of mine in Somerville, MA. She's a concerned mom who flipped through a book her daughter came home with but there are so many parents not involved in their children's lives it's easy for a lot of this garbage to go by unchallenged.
Below is a transcript of Dan Kleinman. He's been fighting this fight for a long time and we are hoping all of this knowledge will lead to others doing the same.
"My name is Dan Kleinman and I'm from SafeLibraries. I got started in this many years ago when I was listening to Doctor Laura. She had said on the radio that librarians were trying to, I don't know, sexualize children, something like that, by putting inappropriate material on them. And I thought to myself, that's crazy. No librarian is gonna do that. And I actually stopped listening to her at that time, because that was crazy. Then my kid was in public school, and the fourth day of Public School I had to read a book that was so totally inappropriate for my kid that I had to change the words. Something like, she went skinny dipping on the date with three guys. Ooh, la La. She said in a lusty voice. Now no kindergartner is gonna get that. Anyway, I went to the principal and I said, you know, "What kinda book is this?" And the principal reviewed it for four days and she said, "This book is so inappropriate for our school, I'm removing it from the library." I said, "Okay, why did you give it to my kid?" "Well, because our librarian was a member of the American Library Association and she was using an ALA recommended list for kindergartners of books."
Dr. Laura was right....there are people trying to sexualize our children and if we don't stop them.....who will?
The full transcript can be seen below.