Once upon a time children could rely on the stories they read to thrill, amuse, educate and even scare them.
Now, however, children's books are being sanitised and dumbed down, according to a best-selling author.
Geraldine McCaughrean, who has written more than 160 books, said there was now a range of topics that are no longer deemed acceptable for young readers.
'With a book that's going to be sold into schools you get a list of things that are unacceptable – no witches, no demons, no alcohol, no death, no religion,' she said yesterday. 'It really does cut down what you can write about.
She added: 'It's extraordinary because in pre-school you can read fairy tales in their original form and some of them are really scary and dark.
'But you go to junior school and all of a sudden the fairy tales that you read in school have been sanitised and cleaned up.
'And then you go into secondary school and fall off into the deep end of vampire books. It must be like falling off a cliff.'
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