The Reason Kids Like Hearing the Same Story over and over...
“If you don’t like a certain book, you don’t have to take it,” Abrams says. “I trust that teachers make good choices.” -BookSmiles.org
"Parents have the right to guide their children's reading,
but parents should not be making decisions for other parents' children.
Specifically, a small group of parents should not dictate what books other people's children are allowed to read."
Who Initiates Challenges?
Top 13 Most Challenged Books of 2022 are evidence of a growing, well-organized, conservative political movement, the goals of which include removing books about race, history, gender identity, sexuality, and reproductive health from America's public and school libraries that do not meet their approval. Using social media and other channels, these groups distribute book lists to their local chapters and individual adherents, who then utilize the lists to initiate a mass challenge that can empty the shelves of a library.
30% Parents, 28% Patrons
17% Political/Religious Groups, 15% Board/Administration
3% Librarians/Teachers, 3% Elected Officials
4% Other (includes community members without library cards, etc.)
In addition to banning books...
Fearing that the identities of transgender students would be accepted by school authorities, FL instituted a rule restricting how educators can refer to students. Now, even in the cases of standard nicknames, some school districts are requiring teachers to exclusively call students by their legal name unless they submit a signed parental form.
Escambia County School District has relegated to storage the American Heritage Children’s Dictionary, Webster’s Dictionary for Students, Merriam-Webster’s Elementary Dictionary, because, HB 1069, signed into law in May, allows residents to have books removed from school libraries f they contain depictions or descriptions of sexual conduct, which dictionaries do.
"Forty-five percent of US children live in neighborhoods that lack public libraries..." -book deserts
Children & Youth Books - Recommended Reading from Holden Village in the Summer of 2020
Picture Book Recommendations - from McKay Educational Resource Centre at Knox College. Teachers throughout the ages—including Jesus—have conveyed important messages through stories and parables: they are a powerful tool for teaching and transformation. Because they distill big ideas and concepts into simpler forms, picture books are ideal for introducing challenging topics and inviting listeners of all ages into deeper wondering and conversation.
Books Read by Astronauts (in Space!):
Story Time From Space - That's right! Astronauts at the International Space Station, in zero gravity, reading some of our favorite children's books!
Books Read by Actors:
Storyline Online - Children's books read by actors encourages reading of diverse books.