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‘Books can be mirrors or books can be windows’: How to decide what kids should read

A young girl is reaching for a book high on a shelf inside a library.
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Who decides what kids should read?

From book bans to comics and the strange origins of fairy tales, this hour we look at children's literature and talk about who decides what is appropriate for children to read.


  • Carol St. George: Professor of Teaching and Curriculum and Director of Reading and Literacy at the Warner School of Education at the University of Rochester
  • Adam Gidwitz: Author of A Tale Dark and Grimm, and its companions, as well as The Inquisitor’s Tale, and The Unicorn Rescue Society. He is also the creator of the podcast, Grimm, Grimmer, Grimmest, and he produced the adaptation of A Tale Dark and Grimm for Netflix
  • Maria Tatar: Research Professor of Folklore and Mythology at Harvard University. Her latest book is The Heroine with 1001 Faces
  • Carol Tilley: Comics historian, librarian, educator, and youth advocate. She is a Professor in the Faculty of the School of Information Sciences at the University of Illinois

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Lily is the senior producer for The Colin McEnroe Show. She first worked at Connecticut Public as an intern in 2014. She has previously worked for WBUR, KUNC and as a producer for the New England News Collaborative's weekly show Next. Lily can be reached at ltyson@ctpublic.org.