aprilhenry (aprilhenry) wrote,

Booklist adds it voice to the chorus upset with Common Sense Media

Despite it’s name, Common Sense Media is looking less and less sensible. Now Booklist has taken a closer look and doesn’t like what it sees.

Booklist says, “This not-for-profit Web-based organization is in the business of using a “rating” system to review all types of media that target children, but their “ratings” of books are especially disingenuous. They claim that they want to keep parents informed. Informed about what? What their children should read or what they shouldn’t read? ... Common Sense Media joins the long list of organizations that think they know what is best for children. The frightening part about this group is that they have a marketing strategy to convince parents and even teachers and librarians that “rating” materials is a “good” thing. But good turns to bad when reviewers aren’t really reviewers, and the focus is on what to watch out for.”

Read the rest here, including how they look at content without context, rating books with bombs, lips and martini glasses.

Here’s what School Library Journal said last month.

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