Here is what I remember of the conversation I had with Mia at bedtime tonight.
Mia: Mom, why is there so much violence in children's books these days? (Using her I'm-on-a-soapbox/six-year-old news anchor voice.)
Me: Violence in children's books? What are you talking about?
Mia: You know. Violence in children's books. Why do they make so many books for little children that have so many violent parts in them?
Me: Like what?
Mia: Like scary parts with battles and fighting and bad guys.
Me: What are you reading today?
Mia: King Arthur [and the Nights of the Round Table by Roger Lancelyn Green]
Me: Oh. Actually, that's not a book meant for six year olds. That's an older kid book. Most younger children are reading books like Mr. Putter and Tabby and those don't have violence in them.
Me: Are you afraid to go to sleep tonight? Did you read something scary in this book?
Mia: (with a sheepish smile) No.