The Thriving Industry That Helps Encourage Book CensorshipLauren Davis10/01/14 3:09pmFiled to: booksreadingcensorshipratingsbook ratingscommon sense medianational council against censorship11717EditPromoteShare to KinjaToggle Conversation toolsGo to permalink We have rating systems for movies, television shows, and video games—so why not rating systems for books? That's the thought behind services that rate books with the aim of helping parents and protecting children. But these services are contributing to censorship in schools—and harming public education in the process. When many of us think of books being banned or challenged in schools, we may think of evangelical Christian objections to Harry Potter or parental panic over nudity in Maurice Sendak's In the Night Kitchen. But there is a small industry that feeds parents' anxiety over the content of their children's reading material: book ratings.