Articles by Deborah DeGroff

Social Justice Warriors

Are children being trained by adults to become activists? Are they qualified to take on these battles, or are they being exploited?

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Why Can't Children Just Be Children?

Even very young children seem to have strong feelings and opinions about controversial subjects. Are these ideas purposefully planted in the minds of children?

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The Shaping of a Child’s Worldview

Are books marketed for young readers neutral? You decide.

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Taking the Bait

Are children influenced by product placements in books? Today's children have substantial purchasing power.
How much, if any, impact do product placements have on children's spending or further reading material? 

 

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Storytime for Children

What about Drag Queen Story Hour? Should parents take their children to a library to be entertained?
 

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Dark, Twisted, Disturbing, and Implausible

Are fictional characters a reflection of our society today, or are they helping to establish a new normal?

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In Such a Time as This

Many libraries and bookstores are closed. Are e-books the answer?

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Gutter Language

Profanity may be normal these days, but does normal mean acceptable? Is profanity included in books for young adults?

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Politics for Kids

Our youth seem to have strong political viewpoints these days. Is it from a careful study of our history and our Constitution, or are they being politicized? 

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Targeting Preschoolers via Picture Books

Should picture books for three and four year olds address transgenderism and drag queens? Obviously, the publishers think so.

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Targeting Young Adults Through Fiction

Are publishers targeting teens with textual porn?

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Introducing Islam to Children Parts 2 and 3

In Parts 2 and 3, the question is posed as to whether children are deliberately led to specific conclusions about Palestinians and Israelis through kiddie books.

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Introducing Islam

Through the power of story books, children can be easily influenced to accept or reject certain ideologies.

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Sight-Reading, Word-Guessing, or Look-Say

Perhaps you have heard the terms sight reading, word-guessing, or the look-say method of teaching children to read. What does this really mean?

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Jerome by Heart

Is this book for children four to eight years, "romance fiction" ?

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Brave Girl: Clara and the Shirtwaist Makers’ Strike of 1909

Since Clara was twenty-three at the time of the 1909 strike, why does the author take such pains to imply that these workers—including Clara—were mere children?

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Hormone Therapy 101—For Kids

How could children possibly become college and career ready—or even prepared for junior high school—without the knowledge and understanding of hormone therapy?

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Banned Books Week Protects Low Quality Trash

In one of the most diabolical tragedies of modern America, many public and school libraries dispense mental, emotional, and spiritual poison.

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