Death, Taxes, and Children’s Books

Should children’s authors explore child death?” wonders Julia Eccleshare.

Just a few short years ago, while teen sex had long been OK-ed and drug use was creeping in “for authenticity”, death was cited as the last taboo. Now, death seems to positively stalk children’s books, with characters confronting the grave with sometimes alarming abandon.

You mean, sort of the way Katherine Patterson did quite a while ago in Bridge To Terabithia?

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2 responses to “Death, Taxes, and Children’s Books

  1. Monica, I blogged this today, too. Where has she been?

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  2. I looked up her profile and she’s been involved in children’s literature for a very long time! I can only wonder if this was indeed more taboo in the UK and that Bridge to Terabithia et al are more American?

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