Special Topics and Celebrations

And Tango Makes Three

At New York City's Central Park Zoo, two male penguins fall in love and start a family by taking turns sitting on an abandoned egg until it hatches. Based on a true story. Challenged because: deemed unsuitable for young children; homosexual overtones.

   
And Tango Makes Three

Peter Parnell, Justin Richardson
(Juvenile Picturebooks - Ej Ric)

At New York City's Central Park Zoo, two male penguins fall in love and start a family by taking turns sitting on an abandoned egg until it hatches. Based on a true story. Challenged because: deemed unsuitable for young children; homosexual overtones.


Banned Books for Kids!

Something Happened in Our Town: A Child’s Story About Racial Injustice

After discussing the police shooting of a local Black man with their families, Emma and Josh know how to treat a new student who looks and speaks differently than his classmates. Includes an extensive Note to Parents and Caregivers that provides general guidance about addressing racism with children, child-friendly vocabulary definitions, conversation guides, and a link to additional online resources for parents and teachers. Challenged because: contains “divisive language” and thought to promote anti-police views.

   
Something Happened in Our Town: A Child’s Story About Racial Injustice

Marianne Celano, Marietta Collins, Ann Hazzard, Jennifer Zivoin
- illustrator
(Juvenile Nonfiction - J 305.8 Cel)

After discussing the police shooting of a local Black man with their families, Emma and Josh know how to treat a new student who looks and speaks differently than his classmates. Includes an extensive Note to Parents and Caregivers that provides general guidance about addressing racism with children, child-friendly vocabulary definitions, conversation guides, and a link to additional online resources for parents and teachers. Challenged because: contains “divisive language” and thought to promote anti-police views.


Banned Books for Kids!

The Family Book

Represents a variety of families, some big and some small, some with only one parent and some with two moms or dads, some quiet and some noisy, but all alike in some ways and special no matter what. Challenged because: references same sex parents.

   
The Family Book

Todd Parr
(Juvenile Picturebook - Ej Parr)

Represents a variety of families, some big and some small, some with only one parent and some with two moms or dads, some quiet and some noisy, but all alike in some ways and special no matter what. Challenged because: references same sex parents.


Banned Books for Kids!

Stamped (For Kids) : Racism, Antiracism, and You

A chapter book adaptation of Stamped: Racism, Antiracism, and You: A Remix of the National Book Award-winning "Stamped from the Beginning." Kids will discover where racist ideas came from, identify how they impact America today, and meet those who have fought racism with antiracism. Along the way, they'll learn how to identify and stamp out racist thoughts in their own lives. Challenged because: contains "divisive topics" and does not encompass racism against all people.

   
Stamped (For Kids) : Racism, Antiracism, and You

Jason Reynolds, Ibram X Kendi, Sonja Cherry Paul
(Juvenile Nonfiction - J 305.896 Che)

A chapter book adaptation of Stamped: Racism, Antiracism, and You: A Remix of the National Book Award-winning "Stamped from the Beginning." Kids will discover where racist ideas came from, identify how they impact America today, and meet those who have fought racism with antiracism. Along the way, they'll learn how to identify and stamp out racist thoughts in their own lives. Challenged because: contains "divisive topics" and does not encompass racism against all people.


Banned Books for Kids!

Hatchet

After a plane crash, thirteen-year-old Brian spends fifty-four days in the Canadian wilderness, learning to survive initially with only the aid of a hatchet given him by his mother, and learning also to survive his parents' divorce. Challenged because: contains graphic descriptions of trauma and injury.

   
Hatchet

Gary Paulsen
(Juvenile Fiction - J Paulsen)

After a plane crash, thirteen-year-old Brian spends fifty-four days in the Canadian wilderness, learning to survive initially with only the aid of a hatchet given him by his mother, and learning also to survive his parents' divorce. Challenged because: contains graphic descriptions of trauma and injury.


Banned Books for Kids!

The Graveyard Book

Nobody Owens is a normal boy, except that he has been raised by ghosts and other denizens of the graveyard. Challenged because: contains violent imagery.

   
The Graveyard Book

Neil Gaiman
(Juvenile Graphic Novel - J GN Graveyard Book Vol. 1)

Nobody Owens is a normal boy, except that he has been raised by ghosts and other denizens of the graveyard. Challenged because: contains violent imagery.


Banned Books for Kids!

New Kid

After his parents send him to a prestigious private school known for its academics, Jordan Banks finds himself torn between two worlds. Challenged because: claims that it teaches critical race theory.

   
New Kid

Jerry Craft
(Juvenile Graphic Novels - J GN Craft New Kid)

After his parents send him to a prestigious private school known for its academics, Jordan Banks finds himself torn between two worlds. Challenged because: claims that it teaches critical race theory.


Banned Books for Kids!

The Giver

Given his lifetime assignment at the Ceremony of Twelve, Jonas becomes the receiver of memories shared by only one other in his community and discovers the terrible truth about the society in which he lives. Challenged because: discusses difficult topics such as infanticide, suicide, and euthanasia.

   
The Giver

Lois Lowry
(Juvenile Fiction - J Lowry)

Given his lifetime assignment at the Ceremony of Twelve, Jonas becomes the receiver of memories shared by only one other in his community and discovers the terrible truth about the society in which he lives. Challenged because: discusses difficult topics such as infanticide, suicide, and euthanasia.


Banned Books for Kids!

Where the Sidewalk Ends

A boy who turns into a TV set and a girl who eats a whale are only two of the characters in a collection of humorous poetry illustrated with the author's own drawings. Challenged because: encourages children to be disobedient.

   
Where the Sidewalk Ends

Shel Silverstein
(Juvenile NonFiction - J 811.54 Sil)

A boy who turns into a TV set and a girl who eats a whale are only two of the characters in a collection of humorous poetry illustrated with the author's own drawings. Challenged because: encourages children to be disobedient.


Banned Books for Kids!

A Wrinkle in Time

Meg Murry, her brother Charles Wallace, and their friend Calvin O'Keefe become involved with unearthly strangers and a search for Meg's father, who has disappeared while engaged in secret work for the government. Challenged because: both too religious and not religious enough (book blends religion, supernatural, and science).

   
A Wrinkle in Time

Madeleine L'engle
(Young Adult Fiction - Y L’Engle)

Meg Murry, her brother Charles Wallace, and their friend Calvin O'Keefe become involved with unearthly strangers and a search for Meg's father, who has disappeared while engaged in secret work for the government. Challenged because: both too religious and not religious enough (book blends religion, supernatural, and science).

Banned Books for Kids!

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