The above linked article tells about school libraries pulling books to ban. I don’t know about you, but banning a book makes me more likely to want to read it. I have read some of these books and can see why they’d be discouraging high school readers from reading them, but they can still go out and get them from the public library or purchase them from the local bookstore or from Amazon.
The above linked article goes along with my previous post about book bans and the newly proposed law that would imprison librarians for allowing children to read “inappropriate” books.
The article above talks about not censoring what your child is reading, but if the book is controversial, or if you feel your child can’t handle the topic, read along with your child and allow them to ask questions and discuss the parts of the book that are uncomfortable.
Also, it talks about the books that parents tend to find are “inappropriate.” These books are usually things that the parents don’t feel comfortable discussing at all, let alone with their child. This is understandable, but the parent/child line of communications should be open, or the child will learn to be uncomfortable about the same topics as the parent.
The above linked article talks about which books were almost banned and why. Another list for me to work through.
George by Alex Gino Reasons: banned, challenged, and relocated because it was believed to encourage children to clear browser history and change their bodies using hormones, and for mentioning “dirty magazines,” describing male anatomy, “creating confusion,” and including a transgender character
A Day in the Life of Marlon Bundo by Jill Twiss, illustrated by EG Keller Reasons: banned and challenged for including LGBTQIA+ content, and for political and religious viewpoints
Captain Underpants series written and illustrated by Dav Pilkey Reasons: series was challenged because it was perceived as encouraging disruptive behavior, while Captain Underpants and the Sensational Saga of Sir Stinks-A-Lot was challenged for including a same-sex couple
The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas Reasons: banned and challenged because it was deemed “anti-cop,” and for profanity, drug use, and sexual references
Drama written and illustrated by Raina Telgemeier Reasons: banned and challenged for including LGBTQIA+ characters and themes
Thirteen Reasons Why by Jay Asher Reasons: banned, challenged, and restricted for addressing teen suicide
This One Summer by Mariko Tamaki, illustrated by Jillian Tamaki Reasons: banned and challenged for profanity, sexual references, and certain illustrations
Skippyjon Jones series written and illustrated by Judy Schachner Reason: challenged for depicting stereotypes of Mexican culture
The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian by Sherman Alexie Reasons: banned and challenged for sexual references, profanity, violence, gambling, and underage drinking, and for its religious viewpoint
This Day in June by Gayle E. Pitman, illustrated by Kristyna Litten Reason: challenged and burned for including LGBTQIA+ content
Two Boys Kissing by David Levithan Reason: challenged and burned for including LGBTQIA+ content
Here’s another list for me to work my way through. I’ve read a few of them – To Kill a Mockingbird, The Color Purple, The Sun Also Rises, and Lolita. I started a few – Their Eyes Were Watching God, 1984, Catch-22, Animal Farm, and Gone With the Wind.
Hopefully I’ll get through this list one of these days. They all interest me.