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For this VoteTopic, voters responded to the news of an increase in youth reading and increased discussions around the banning and changing of books. They explored some examples, including the Roald Dahl changes, and analysed reasons why a text might be restricted.
“We think children should be able to choose their own books as they can pick what they are interested in and expand their imagination with things they like, but we do think there should be some adult guidance to ensure they are appropriate."
"Books are the historical representation of past and current views of society therefore we cannot ban them. Free speech is a human right."
“Banning books is a dangerous thing, it's like silencing people on their thoughts and freedom of speech."