An interesting and sometimes maddening article by Josephine Nobisso, author and publisher of children's books, can be found here. (Thanks to Lisa Mladinich, on the Catholic Writers Online group, for directing me to it.) My favorite (it's a "you've gotta laugh or you'll cry" instance) case of ignorance cited was the editor who asked for the biblical references to St. Francis. I laughed at that one. The other examples, though, of changing actual quotes and revising history, do make me cry.
I feel compelled to add that not all public schools are as awful as it one might think after reading this article (and Josephine Nobisso does refer to "most" public schools -- she is accurate in not saying "all" but obviously I would not deny her firsthand experience. And she's had some outrageous experiences.) Being in the sometimes strange position of "homeschooling family in which the father makes his living teaching in public schools" I have the opportunity to live in a couple of different worlds. The word "God" is not forbidden in Atticus's school. If the literature he is teaching refers to God, Atticus refers to God. Many of his students know that he is Catholic. (Sometimes he sees them at Mass.) All of this is dealt with in a straightforward way, though he does not proselytize (though a Christian must always hope to live St. Francis's exhortation: "Preach the Gospel at all times. If necessary, use words") because that's not what he's there for. He's there to teach about gerunds, dangling modifiers and how not to brazenly split an infinitive, and about Chaucer and how to express one's thoughts on paper. But then, maybe we're insulated, living in a small town as we do.
Back to the matter at hand. We love Josephine's book, The Weight of a Mass, A Tale of Faith, around here. Check out her publishing company, Gingerbread House. The world needs quality and excellence in children's books, and publishers like Gingerbread House are out to provide it.
And I'm looking so forward to Take it to the Queen, A Tale of Hope. It promises to be as lovely and as inspiring as The Weight of a Mass.