Is this book suitable for children?
The Ontario Library Association has come under fire by the Canadian Jewish Congress for selecting Three Wishes: Palestinian and Israeli Children Speak for a children’s independent reading program.
In this book, Israeli and Palestinian children tell their own stories in their own words. This is without doubt a worthy book, but should it be in a reading program aimed at 9 - 12 year-old kids? Even the publisher recommends grade 6 or above.
I have to agree with the CJC, a book in which children talk about how wonderful it is to be a suicide bomber is not suitable for a children’s reading program. I don’t think libraries should toss it in the bin, but it should be available for more mature readers.