Special Topics and Celebrations

Roll of Thunder, Hear my Cry

A black family living in the South during the 1930's are faced with prejudice and discrimination which their children don't understand. Challenged because: contains depictions of racism and racial slurs.

   
Roll of Thunder, Hear my Cry

Mildred D Taylor
(Juvenile Fiction - J Taylor)

A black family living in the South during the 1930's are faced with prejudice and discrimination which their children don't understand. Challenged because: contains depictions of racism and racial slurs.


Banned Books for Kids!

Melissa (George)

When people look at George, they think they see a boy. But she knows she's not a boy. She knows she's a girl. George thinks she'll have to keep this a secret forever. Then, her teacher announces that their class play is going to be Charlotte's Web. George really, really, REALLY wants to play Charlotte. But the teacher says she can't even try out for the part...because she's a boy. With the help of her best friend, Kelly, George comes up with a plan. Not just so she can be Charlotte–but so everyone can know who she is, once and for all.

   
Melissa (George)

Alex Gino
(Juvenile Fiction - J Gino)

When people look at George, they think they see a boy. But she knows she's not a boy. She knows she's a girl. George thinks she'll have to keep this a secret forever. Then, her teacher announces that their class play is going to be Charlotte's Web. George really, really, REALLY wants to play Charlotte. But the teacher says she can't even try out for the part...because she's a boy. With the help of her best friend, Kelly, George comes up with a plan. Not just so she can be Charlotte–but so everyone can know who she is, once and for all. Challenged because: contains LGBTQ+ content that conflicts with religious viewpoints and community values.


Banned Books for Kids!

This Day in June

Vivid illustrations and rhyming couplets convey the fun and exuberate feelings associated with attending a Pride parade. There is a Reading Guide at the end of the book that serves as a primer on LGBTQ+ history and culture and explains the references made in the story. Challenged because: contains LGBTQ+ content that promotes "gay lifestyle."

   
This Day in June

Gayle Pitman
(Juvenile Picturebooks - Ej Pit)

Vivid illustrations and rhyming couplets convey the fun and exuberate feelings associated with attending a Pride parade. There is a Reading Guide at the end of the book that serves as a primer on LGBTQ+ history and culture and explains the references made in the story. Challenged because: contains LGBTQ+ content that promotes "gay lifestyle."


Banned Books for Kids!

The Watsons Go to Birmingham

The ordinary interactions and everyday routines of the Watsons, an African American family living in Flint, Michigan, are drastically changed after they go to visit Grandma in Alabama in the summer of 1963. Challenged because: contains depictions of racism, political views, offensive language, and violence.

   
The Watsons Go to Birmingham

Christopher Paul Curtis
(VITAL - Curtis)

The ordinary interactions and everyday routines of the Watsons, an African American family living in Flint, Michigan, are drastically changed after they go to visit Grandma in Alabama in the summer of 1963. Challenged because: contains depictions of racism, political views, offensive language, and violence.


Banned Books for Kids!

The Adventures of Captain Underpants

When George and Harold hypnotize their principal into thinking that he is the superhero Captain Underpants, he leads them to the lair of the nefarious Dr. Diaper, where they must defeat his evil robot henchmen. Challenged because: contains offensive language, violence, misbehavior, and unsuited to age group.

   
The Adventures of Captain Underpants

Dav Pilkey
(Juvenile Fiction - J Pilkey)

When George and Harold hypnotize their principal into thinking that he is the superhero Captain Underpants, he leads them to the lair of the nefarious Dr. Diaper, where they must defeat his evil robot henchmen. Challenged because: contains offensive language, violence, misbehavior, and unsuited to age group.


Banned Books for Kids!

Drama

Callie rides an emotional roller coaster while serving on the stage crew for a middle school production of Moon over Mississippi as various relationships start and end, and others never quite get going. Challenged because: contains LGBTQ+ characters deemed offensive.

   
Drama

Raina Telgemeier
(Graphic Novels - GN Telgeme Drama)

Callie rides an emotional roller coaster while serving on the stage crew for a middle school production of Moon over Mississippi as various relationships start and end, and others never quite get going. Challenged because: contains LGBTQ+ characters deemed offensive.


Banned Books for Kids!

The Strangest Thing in the Sea: And Other Curious Creatures of the Deep

Children can dive into the deepest depths of the sea where they’ll meet 12 strange and little-known sea animals, in this question-and-answer approach that encourages scientific inquiry. Illustrations. Recommended for ages 7-10.

   
The Strangest Thing in the Sea: And Other Curious Creatures of the Deep

Rachel Poliquin
(Juvenile Nonfiction - J 591.77 Pol)

Children can dive into the deepest depths of the sea where they’ll meet 12 strange and little-known sea animals, in this question-and-answer approach that encourages scientific inquiry. Illustrations. Recommended for ages 7-10.


Oceans of Possibilities!

Down, Down, Down: A Journey to the Bottom of the Sea

Going down deep into the depths of the sea, this illustrated picture book provides a look at some of the unique inhabitants who call the ocean home, including a large sperm whale, a jellyfish that lights up in the dark, and super long squids. Recommended for ages 9-12.

   
Down, Down, Down: A Journey to the Bottom of the Sea

Steve Jenkins
(Juvenile Nonfiction - J 591.77 Jen)

Going down deep into the depths of the sea, this illustrated picture book provides a look at some of the unique inhabitants who call the ocean home, including a large sperm whale, a jellyfish that lights up in the dark, and super long squids. Recommended for ages 9-12.


Oceans of Possibilities!

Narwhal: Unicorn of the Sea

A happy-go-lucky, waffle-loving narwhal and a cynical, no-nonsense jellyfish forge an unlikely friendship and share adventures while exploring the ocean together in a first entry of a lighthearted graphic novel series. Recommended for ages 6-9.

   
Narwhal: Unicorn of the Sea

Ben Clanton
(Juvenile Graphic Novels - J-GN Narwhal And Jelly v. 1)
Series: Narwhal and Jelly, Book 1

A happy-go-lucky, waffle-loving narwhal and a cynical, no-nonsense jellyfish forge an unlikely friendship and share adventures while exploring the ocean together in a first entry of a lighthearted graphic novel series. Recommended for ages 6-9.


Oceans of Possibilities!

Everything Awesome About Sharks and Other Underwater Creatures!

Uncover a wealth of weird, wacky, and wild facts about sharks and underwater creatures, told in Mike Lowery's signature, acclaimed comic style with bright and energetic artwork, fresh framing devices, and hilarious jokes. Recommended for ages 8-12.

   
Everything Awesome About Sharks and Other Underwater Creatures!

Mike Lowery
(Juvenile Nonfiction - J 591.77 Low)

Uncover a wealth of weird, wacky, and wild facts about sharks and underwater creatures, told in Mike Lowery's signature, acclaimed comic style with bright and energetic artwork, fresh framing devices, and hilarious jokes. Recommended for ages 8-12.


Oceans of Possibilities!

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