Articles by Deborah DeGroff

WHAT IN THE WORLD IS GOING ON IN THE SCHOOLHOUSE?

Parents all over this nation are letting their voices be heard at their local school board meetings. What in the world is going on in these schools?

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FEVER, FLU, AND FEAR

Do children's books play a role in shaping children's attitudes about COVID-19?

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Coming Soon to a Library Near You

Many new children's books are released each month. Do you know what lies Between the Covers?

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Deep Diving or Digging Down into the Rabbit Hole

Should parents be asking more questions about the books their children are reading? If so, where do they go to find those answers?

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The Mind Polluters

The Mind Polluters shows the brutal battle being waged to indoctrinate children with materials so heinous that they are illegal everywhere, except in the classroom.

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A Lump of Clay

Parents scratch their heads, puzzled as to how their children ended up with worldviews at polar opposites from their own. How were these ideas shaped and developed?

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The Power of Picture Books: Influencing Young Children, Adults, or Both?

Are children's picture books helping shape the worldviews of children AND adults?

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Sweet Dreams, Sally

What messages are being given to young children about COVID-19? Are these messages accurate and necessary, or do they lean towards propaganda? 

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With a Heavy Heart

This is a sad article to write, as I reflect on the passing of a valiant woman.

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The Journey from Mulberry Street

What’s the Dr. Seuss “banned book” controversy about anyway? Is it a distraction, or is there something more going on?

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IN THE LAND OF KIDBOOKVILLE

This article examines some lessons learned in an award-winning young adult book.

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“SEEING IS BELIEVING” OR “YOU CAN’T TRUST YOUR LYIN’ EYES?”

Reality is defined as: "the world or the state of things as they actually exist, as opposed to an idealistic or notional idea of them." Reality is not subjective.

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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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