Speaking out against censorship by Emily Sanna, associate editor of U.S.Catholid
The best books are those that pick us up, grab us, and don’t let us go until the final page. They are books that remain in our imaginations, long after the last page is turned. And often, these are books where there are characters or situations that we can identify with. The same is true for young adult literature; teenagers aren’t going to pick up a book unless they feel like there is something in the book that is connected to their real lives. If we want kids to become readers, we need to have the courage—as parents, educators, and publishers—to give them books where the characters are living through the same issues that they see every day in the world around them. At best, they have a framework to make sense of the world’s injustices going forward. At worst, it tells them that they aren’t alone.