Libraries are champions of information independence and freedom of information. This even applies to children, in which their rights are recognized. In public libraries, children have the same rights to privacy and the same ability to check out materials as any adult. However, children are not truly represented in children’s literature because these materials are made by adults and chosen by adults. Is it really the adult’s interpretation of childhood?
There is a distinct lack of involvement by minors in collection development. However, it has been shown that children prefer recommendations from siblings, friends, and other children over those of their parents, teachers, or librarians. They are active participants in literature but do not actively participate in collection development as other age groups do such as teen coalitions or adults. It may be possible to recognize the competence of children and hear their opinions. Librarians should understand that while children may not be fully independent, their collective experiences are still valuable.
Aggleton, J. (2018). Where are the children in children’s collection? An exploration of ethical principles and practical concerns surrounding children’s participation in collection development. New Review of Children’s Literature and Librarianship, 24(1), 1-17. Doi:10.1080/13614541.2018.1429122