Stop by your local library or independent book store and celebrate Banned Books Week by picking up a book that has been banned. Not sure what’s been banned recently? Check out the most challenged books in 2015 from the Banned Books Week website:
- Looking for Alaska, by John Green
Reasons: Offensive language, sexually explicit, and unsuited for age group.
- Fifty Shades of Grey, by E. L. James
Reasons: Sexually explicit, unsuited to age group, and other (“poorly written,” “concerns that a group of teenagers will want to try it”).
- I Am Jazz, by Jessica Herthel and Jazz Jennings
Reasons: Inaccurate, homosexuality, sex education, religious viewpoint, and unsuited for age group.
- Beyond Magenta: Transgender Teens Speak Out, by Susan Kuklin
Reasons: Anti-family, offensive language, homosexuality, sex education, political viewpoint, religious viewpoint, unsuited for age group, and other (“wants to remove from collection to ward off complaints”).
- The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time, by Mark Haddon
Reasons: Offensive language, religious viewpoint, unsuited for age group, and other (“profanity and atheism”).
- The Holy Bible
Reasons: Religious viewpoint.
- Fun Home, by Alison Bechdel
Reasons: Violence and other (“graphic images”).
- Habibi, by Craig Thompson
Reasons: Nudity, sexually explicit, and unsuited for age group.
- Nasreen’s Secret School: A True Story from Afghanistan, by Jeanette Winter
Reasons: Religious viewpoint, unsuited to age group, and violence.
- Two Boys Kissing, by David Levithan
Reasons: Homosexuality and other (“condones public displays of affection”)
These books are on the list because they are submitted to the Office of Intellectual Freedom, there are many other books that are challenged that you won’t see on this list. As you can see, most are challenged for having a religious viewpoint, being unsuited for age group, having offensive language, are sexually explicit and include homosexuality. None of these reasons surprise me, but as a librarian there are thousands of books available to read – I may choose not to read something, but that doesn’t mean I should be allowed to tell others what they should or should not read. Pick up a book and read – it’s your right!
My fall booklist is also a list of books that have not yet been released which makes me even more excited for them! Check out the picture books, middle grade readers and the young adult books too!
- Madeline Finn and the Library Dog by Lisa Papp
- We Found a Hat by Jon Klassen
- The Princess in Black Takes a Vacation by Shannon Hale & Dean Hale
- Home Sweet Motel by Chris Grabenstein
- Gertie’s Leap of Greatness by Kate Beasley
- When the Sea Turned to Silver by Grace Lin
- Falling Over Sideways by Jordan Sonnenblick
- When the Moon Was Ours by Ann-Marie McLemore
- The Sun is Also a Star by Nicola Yoon
- A Taste for Monsters by Matthew J. Kirby
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I got a lot of reading done this week which makes me so happy! I finished up Every Single Second by Tricia Springstubb which was a really interesting read, especially for today’s world where an accident rocks the entire community and racial tension threatens to overwhelm and take over as a young girl learns about herself, her family and her neighbors. I also read a Just a Drop of Water by Kerry O’Malley Cerra a story about the September 11th attacks and the affect they had on a small community in Florida where Jake and his friend, Sameed live. As you can imagine, Sameed’s family gets harassed for being Muslim American as Jake learns the power of friendship and how to stand up for himself and his friends without physically fighting. The last book I read this weekend was called Burn Baby Burn by Meg Medina about the summer of 1977 in New York City where record breaking heat, blackouts, and the Son of Sam are just a few of the issues Nora Lopez has to deal with as a graduating senior from high school.
This week, I’m planning on picking up The Evil Wizard Smallbone by Delia Sherman and A Fierce and Subtle Poison by Samantha Mabry. Two very different books, but things that have been sitting on my TBR list for quite awhile. We’ve only got a few more months of the year for me to try and finish up a lot of the ARCs still sitting on my shelves before 2017 books start popping up on bookshelves everywhere!
Join Jen from Teach Mentor Texts and Kellee and Ricki from Unleashing Readers and share all of the reading you have done over the week from picture books to young adult novels. Follow the links to read about all of the amazing books the #IMWAYR community has read. It’s the best way to discover what to read next.