Banned Books We Recommend
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:
by Ellen Hopkins
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.
by Munro Leaf
Drawings by Robert Lawson
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.
by Dashka Slater
by George M. Johnson
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.
by Patricia McCornick
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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