The million selling children’s book series, Good Night Stories for Rebel Girls is to be partially banned and slapped with an over 18 age rating, for the “detrimental influence” it could have on young people, the Turkish government has ruled.
The book has been published in 47 languages and features a series of inspiring stories about women from history for young children, including icons of history such as the British nurse Florence Nightingale and the French designer, Coco Chanel.
According to the Telegraph, a decision was published last week by the Turkish government’s board for the protection of minors from obscene publications that said: “Some of the writings in the book will have a detrimental influence on the minds of those under the age of 18.”
The book series will now only be legally sold to over 18s and will be concealed from view in shops in Turkey.
One of the book series’ authors, Francesca Cavallo, has said she was saddened by the decision.
“Girls deserve to grow up surrounded by more female role models. They deserve to grow up thinking that they can be anything they want,” she said.
“When a government is scared by a children’s book promoting equality, that means that promoting these messages through children’s literature can have and is having an impact, and it makes me even more motivated to keep fighting every day.”
Since being published in 2016, Good Night Stories for Rebel Girls has previously encountered difficulty in Russia where officials made the decision to censor a story of a transgender girl profiled in the book.
The Turkish publisher’s association released a statement this week, saying the government decision was a “danger from the perspective of freedoms of expression and press, and a threat to the principles of a democratic society.”