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Who Gets To Say What Kids Read?

Renee Bright

What book changed you as a kid? Was it To Kill a Mockingbird? Lord of the Rings? Perhaps a coming-of-age graphic novel or a dense instruction manual on assembling your bike?

Through books, children learn to think for themselves through worlds and people they may not encounter in their own community. Empathizing with or even disliking characters can teach a reader how to engage with and understand others. But some parents feel they should have more say in what their kids are exposed to at school, and are seeking to limit certain books from the conversation. This Friday at noon, and Saturday at 11 a.m., we’ll discuss the role of books in our children’s education, the dangers of removing them and how books serve society as a whole.

Airdate: Feb. 11, 2022 at noon and Feb. 12, 20211 at 11 a.m. MST


  • Catherine Bates, Teacher Librarian at Brighton High in the Canyons School District  
  • Dr. Ashley Hope Pérez, Author of Out of Darkness, Assistant Professor at The Ohio State University.   
  • Dr. Richard Price (they / them), Associate Professor of Political Science at Weber State University. They track censorship and free speech through their blog Adventures in Censorship 
  • Nichole Mason, President of Utah Parents United and a mother of 5 children in the Davis County School District