When she learned of the senator's book choice, Yolen reportedly responded:
I wish he would help kids and not cut those programs that help them, rather than just reading a book chosen for him, and written by a progressive Massachusetts liberal like me.
You get 'im, Jane.
Check out the Daily Kos piece about the row between senator and award-winning author here: Jane Yolen Under Attack. And, in case you're curious, find out what more Yolen had to say on the subject in this article by Shawn Doherty.
This is obviously an issue close to Yolen's heart (as it is to us all, no doubt). This past May she penned another little note, this time to the Los Angeles Unified School District: LINK.
This is a year when U.S. schools have already banned 20 books from their libraries. Jane Yolen, Philip Pullman, et al. notwithstanding, how much does this country truly care about its libraries? As the spokesperson for the LA school district superintendent responded, "There is not an area in the school district that has not been cut."
This is not a political blog. But when politics worms its way into the world of children's literature in such a dastardly and despicable way, how can we ignore it? And what, if anything, can be done about it?