Dori Hillestad Butler sold her first book in 1996. Since then, she has published numerous picture books and novels for children and won many awards for her writing. Her book, My Mom’s Having a Baby: A Kid’s Month-by-Month Guide to Pregnancy, landed her on the American Library Association’s top ten list of challenged books for 2011. She shared her thoughts about her book being challenged with us.
If a parent reads my book and decides it’s not right for their 4-year-old, their 8-year-old, their 12-year-old, that’s fine. I applaud that parent for taking the time to read a book before offering it to his or her child; I applaud that parent for knowing what’s right for his or her child and family. And I am not at all offended should that parent choose to restrict his or her own child’s access to my book. But it’s wrong to try and restrict other people’s children’s access to my book. My book may or may not be right for everyone, but it’s exactly right for someone. My book needs to be available to families who want to read it and discuss it with their children.
Thank you, Dori!