Kids these days: sexting, eating alcohol-soaked candies, reading picture books — wait, what?! It’s true: in some school districts, a copy of Harry Potter or A Light in the Attic is as forbidden as Pokemon cards, “I heart boobies” bracelets … even pogs. Most of these classic children’s books are brought under fire for questionable themes or content that promote bad-kid behaviors such as rebellion, witchcraft, or a general disdain for parents.
We dig the First Amendment, though, and we say: let the kids read. Where would we be in our adolescence without Judy Blume’s characters to tell us we weren’t all crazy? Would reading time be the same without Shel Silverstein’s hilarious poems to giggle at? Books like these may be the best way to explain bigger issues that leave most parents at a loss for words, so pull up a chair, stick it to the man, and grab one of these 12 great reads for your little rebel-in-training. — Jillian Capewell
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