Posted on 21st August, 2019 by
Modern childrenâ€™s books are tackling ever more complex topics such as terrorism, gender identity and suicide, but who determines what our children should or should not read?
Australian Childrenâ€™s Laureate Morris Gleitzman is no stranger to tackling taboo issues. Watch the Bold Thinking event from15 August and hear why heâ€™s written childrenâ€™s books on the Holocaust and Australia's asylum policy.
Also hear from La Trobeâ€™s Professor Jo Lampert whoâ€™s written about the 9/11 attacks for young readers, and trains teachers at the coalface of delivering the content.
They are joined by Dr Juliet Oâ€™Conor, childrenâ€™s research librarian at the State Library Victoria, revealing how â€˜difficultâ€™ topics in childrenâ€™s books have been dealt with over the centuries.
They ask if the literary world is keeping pace with social change â€“ should some topicsÂ remain off-limit? Are books a good tool to introduce taboos to children? Who gets to decide?