Celebrate Banned Books Week

28 Sep

Diversity-banner-FB-851x315-v1.pngStop 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:

  1. Looking for Alaska, by John Green
    Reasons: Offensive language, sexually explicit, and unsuited for age group.
  2. 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”).
  3. I Am Jazz, by Jessica Herthel and Jazz Jennings
    Reasons: Inaccurate, homosexuality, sex education, religious viewpoint, and unsuited for age group.
  4. 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”).
  5. 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”).
  6. The Holy Bible
    Reasons: Religious viewpoint.
  7. Fun Home, by Alison Bechdel
    Reasons: Violence and other (“graphic images”).
  8. Habibi, by Craig Thompson
    Reasons: Nudity, sexually explicit, and unsuited for age group.
  9. Nasreen’s Secret School: A True Story from Afghanistan, by Jeanette Winter
    Reasons: Religious viewpoint, unsuited to age group, and violence.
  10. 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!

Top Ten Tuesday: Ten Books on My Fall TBR List

27 Sep

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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!

  1. Madeline Finn and the Library Dog by Lisa Papp
  2. We Found a Hat by Jon Klassen
  3. The Princess in Black Takes a Vacation by Shannon Hale & Dean Hale
  4. Home Sweet Motel by Chris Grabenstein
  5. Gertie’s Leap of Greatness by Kate Beasley
  6. When the Sea Turned to Silver by Grace Lin
  7. Falling Over Sideways by Jordan Sonnenblick
  8. When the Moon Was Ours by Ann-Marie McLemore
  9. The Sun is Also a Star by Nicola Yoon
  10. A Taste for Monsters by Matthew J. Kirby

Top Ten Tuesday is an original feature/weekly meme created by The Broke and the Bookish

It’s Monday! What Are You Reading? 9/26/16

26 Sep

25982606.jpgI 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!


imwayrJoin 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.

25 Titles to Celebrate Hispanic Heritage Month – Picture Books

24 Sep

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Finally getting back on track, up early today to work on this awesome list and then headed to the Princeton Children’s Literature Festival for the day… can’t wait! A side note, many of these titles focus on Mexican or Mexican American characters and although there are some on the list from other Hispanic countries, those titles are more difficult to come across.

  1. Gathering the Sun: An Alphabet in Spanish and English by Alma Flor Ada
  2. Chato’s Kitchen by Gary Soto
  3. Doña Flor by Pat Mora
  4. What Can You Do with a Paleta? by Carmen Tafolla
  5. Bebé Goes Shopping by Susan Middleton Elya
  6. Round is a Tortilla: A Book of Shapes by Roseanne Thong
  7. Papá and Me by Arthur Dorros
  8. What Can You Do with a Rebozo? by Carmen Tafolla
  9. Maria Had a Little Llama by Angela Dominguez
  10. Niño Wrestles the World by Yuyi Morales
  11. Family Pictures by Carmen Lomas Garza
  12. Pancho Rabbit and the Coyote by Duncan Tonatiuh
  13. Tomás and the Library Card by Pat Mora
  14. Abuela by Arthur Dorros
  15. Too Many Tamales by Gary Soto
  16. Martina the Beautiful Cockroach: A Cuban Folktale by Carmen Agra Deedy
  17. The Rainbow Tulip by Pat Mora
  18. Los Gatos Black on Halloween by Marisa Montes
  19. I Love Saturdays y Domingos by Alma Flor Ada
  20. The Princess and the Warrior by Duncan Tonatiuh
  21. Mango, Abuela and Me by Meg Medina
  22. Marisol McDonald Doesn’t Match by Monica Brown
  23. Green is a Chile Pepper: a Book of Colors by Roseanne Thong
  24. My Diary from Here to There by Amada Irma Pérez
  25. The Cazuela the Farm Maiden Stirred by Rafael López

25 Title to Celebrate Hispanic Heritage Month – Middle Grade & YA

23 Sep

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September has really gotten away from me!  I’ve been planning on doing some booklists for Hispanic Heritage Month and I realized that we’re heading toward October and I need to do them now! So, without further ado, here’s a great list of middle grade and young adult novels that feature Hispanic characters and/or are written by Hispanic authors.  My goal is to also create a picture book list as well as a nonfiction/biography/poetry list.  Enjoy!

  1. Echo by Pam Muñoz Ryan
  2. Unusual Chickens for the Exceptional Poultry Farmer by Kelly Jones
  3. The Revolution of Evelyn Serrano by Sonia Manzano
  4. Zombie Baseball Beatdown by Paolo Bacigalupi
  5. A Handful of Stars by Cynthia Lord
  6. Esperanza Rising by Pam Muñoz Ryan
  7. Return to Sender by Julia Alvarez
  8. How Tia Lola Came to Visit Stay by Julia Alvarez
  9. Maximilian & the Mystery of the Guardian Angel: A Bilingual Lucha Libre Thriller by Xavier Garza

  10. The Lightning Queen by Laura Resau
  11. Becoming Naomi Leon by Pam Muñoz Ryan
  12. Call Me María by Judith Ortiz Cofer
  13. Cuba 15 by Nancy Osa
  14. The House on Mango Street by Sandra Cisernos
  15. Crossing the Wire by Will Hobbs
  16. Gringolandia by Lyn Miller-Lachmann
  17. The Firefly Letters: A Suffragette’s Journey to Cuba by Margarita Engle
  18. The Queen of Water by Laura Resau
  19. The Last Summer of the Death Warriors by Francisco X. Stork
  20. A Thunderous Whisper by Christina Diaz Gonzalez
  21. Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe by Benjamin Alire Sáenz
  22. More Happy Than Not by Adam Silvera
  23. Shadowshaper by Daniel José Older
  24. Death, Dickinson and the Demented Life of Frenchie Garcia by Jenny Torres Sanchez
  25. The Weight of Feathers by Anna-Marie McLemore
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