Intellectual freedom, privacy, etc., Libraries and librarianship, Reading and writing

Subtle censorship

Kids’ books face censorship over gay characters

Martha Freeman got the bad news at lunch from her publisher and literary agent. Although “The Trouble With Babies” had received good reviews, the sales of her children’s book about a young San Francisco girl were poor compared with the first title in her series, and the paperback rights would not be sold.

The reason: A brief passage…about two gay fathers and their adopted son apparently had discouraged many librarians across the United States from buying the title….

Freeman’s publisher now wants her to write a third book in the series, but that leaves her with a question: Fight the censorship and retain the gay characters, or leave them out in the hopes of selling more books?

[via ArtsJournal]

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