Banned Books We Recommend

Banned Books Week Display with caution tape

Censorship laws and book banning in schools are at a record high this year. 

 

What does this mean? 

 

There are more books you should read!

 

Here are some books that have been banned or challenged in Idaho that we recommend: 

 

Identical

by Ellen Hopkins

Identical by Ellen Hopkins Banned Book Recommendation

This is a book about twins Kaleigh and Raeanne who have a difficult home life with a father who is abusive and an alcoholic.

Domestic violence is happening all the time in our community, and teenagers in high school deserve to have access to these stories, not only to learn empathy, but also to be able to see their own stories on the page. 

 

The Story of Ferdinand

by Munro Leaf

Drawings by Robert Lawson

The Story of Ferdinand by Munro Leaf with Drawings by Robert Lawson book cover Banned Book Recommendation

This is not the first time this book has been singled out and banned.

During the World War II era, Hitler in Germany and Franco in Spain labeled it as propaganda and had it taken off shelves and burned. 

Now, it is being targeted because of Ferdinand's love of flowers, which to some is considered too feminine. 

Overall, this story is really about pacifism and non-violence. 

 

57 Bus:

The True Story of Two Teenagers and the Crime that Changed Their Lives

by Dashka Slater

The 57 Bus: The True Story of Two Teenagers and the Crime that Changed Their Lives by Dashka Slater book cover Banned Books Recommendation

 

 

All Boys Aren't Blue

by George M. Johnson

All Boys Aren't Blue by George M. Johnson book cover Banned Books Recommendation

All Boys Aren't Blue is the second most banned book in the country as of last year. 

George M. Johnson shares his story of growing up Black and feminine and gay, with all the moments of anguish, heartbreak, joy, and love that came along with that. 

His story will resonate with readers and show them they can be who they are no matter what that is. 

 

Sold

by Patricia McCornick

Sold by Patricia McCormick book cover Banned Books Recommendation

Sold tells the story of young Nepalese girl who is trafficked into prostitution in Calcutta. 

It should be in schools because

1) it's told in verse

2) there's still hope and humor in the pages

3) you get to see what's truly going on in the world

This one is doubly important because the West Ada School District has just pulled this book from all of its libraries. 

It's a book that lets youth know what other people their age are experiencing around the world. 

We want it to be read. 

 

Need more banned books? Find our current list of books that are banned in Idaho and across America here!

 

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