When Children's Books Tackle Tough Issues

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For as long as children have had issues to struggle with, authors have crafted stories to help. From Aesop’s Fables and Brothers Grimm to Judy Blume and Shel Silverstein, stories of the angst, joys and insecurities of young adulthood can be found on bookshelves in libraries and bookstores across the country. More and more, there’s an increasing specificity of issues being addressed, such as parents in prison, being transgendered, having gay parents, bullying, ADHD, and more. Are the books championed by parents the same books their kids want to read?