I was sort of flummoxed when I was looking over the winners of some children's literature awards (thanks to the thread about Laura Ingalls Wilder). I saw some of the works had some pretty mature themes, at least in my opinion. It made me look up what the official age range was for children's lit, according to the ALSC. They say that it covers material for ages from 0-14. What elements - themes, language, etc. - do you think are too mature for this age group? Note: I'm not saying books shouldn't be allowed to have whatever content they want, but perhaps some more mature reads should have their target audience shifted up a notch. I feel like this could be a precarious situation for indie authors who do not have a professional who can help them direct their material to the proper age group.