April 12, 2016

Books That Some People Really Don't Like

Every year the American Library Association publishes a list of the most challenged books in schools and libraries. The top ten most challenged books of 2015 include:

  1. Looking for Alaska, by John Green
    Reasons: Offensive language, sexually explicit, and unsuited for age group.
  2. Fifty Shades of Grey, by E. L. James
    Reasons: Sexually explicit, unsuited to age group, and other ("poorly written," "concerns that a group of teenagers will want to try it").
  3. I Am Jazz, by Jessica Herthel and Jazz Jennings
    Reasons: Inaccurate, homosexuality, sex education, religious viewpoint, and unsuited for age group.
  4. Beyond Magenta: Transgender Teens Speak Out, by Susan Kuklin
    Reasons: Anti-family, offensive language, homosexuality, sex education, political viewpoint, religious viewpoint, unsuited for age group, and other ("wants to remove from collection to ward off complaints").
  5. The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time, by Mark Haddon
    Reasons: Offensive language, religious viewpoint, unsuited for age group, and other ("profanity and atheism").
  6. The Holy Bible
    Reasons: Religious viewpoint.
  7. Fun Home, by Alison Bechdel
    Reasons: Violence and other ("graphic images").
  8. Habibi, by Craig Thompson
    Reasons: Nudity, sexually explicit, and unsuited for age group.
  9. Nasreen’s Secret School: A True Story from Afghanistan, by Jeanette Winter
    Reasons: Religious viewpoint, unsuited to age group, and violence.
  10. Two Boys Kissing, by David Levithan
    Reasons: Homosexuality and other ("condones public displays of affection").

Beyond magenta : transgender teens speak out 9780763656119

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April 05, 2016

Upcoming Authors - Spring 2016

Spot the Cat 9781481442251Tuesday, April 19, 7 pm – Author/illustrator Henry Cole talks about his new picture book, Spot the Cat

Olinguito 9780892393275Sunday, April 24, 3 pm – Author/illustrator Lulu Delacre reads and discusses her new bilingual alphabet book, Olinguito, From A to Z! (Note: This will be a bilingual -- Spanish-English -- event)

The Poop on Pigeons 9781935179931 Thursday, April 28, 7 pm – Author/illustrator Kevin McCloskey discusses his new graphic novel non-fiction beginning reader, The Poop on Pigeons.

Rules of the House 9781423185161Monday, May 2, 7 pm – Picture book star Mac Barnett presents his newest book, Rules of the House.

The Worst Night Ever 9781484708507Friday, May 6, 7:30 pm – Author & humorist Dave Barry talks about his new kids’ novel, The Worst Night Ever, a sequel to his best-selling book "The Worst Class Trip Ever." (Note: This event is in the Takoma Park Community Center auditorium, 7500 Maple Ave.)

Flora and the Peacocks 9781452138169Saturday, May 7, 3 pm – Caldecott Honor illustrator Molly Idle presents the latest in her Flora picture book series, Flora and the Peacocks.

The Witches of Benevento  9780451471819Thursday, May 19, 7:30 p.m. – 2016 Caldecott Medalist Sophie Blackall and author John Bemelmans Marciano launch their new chapter book series, The Witches of Benevento.

Coral Reefs, Cities of the Ocean 9781626721456
Friday, May 20, 7:30 pm – Graphic novelist Maris Wicks highlights her new book, Science Comics: Coral Reefs, Cities of the Ocean

Let Me Finish! 9781484721735
Tuesday, June 7, 7 pm – Debut author (and Takoma Park resident!) Minh Lê launches his picture book, Let Me Finish!

Thursday, June 9, 7 pm – Graphic novelist Ben Hatke spotlights his new picture book, Nobody Likes a Goblin.

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February 23, 2016

Dancing Cats and Dinosaurs

Thursday February 25 at 7:30 - author/artist Bob Shea will introduce Ballet Cat: Dance! Dance! Underpants! (He is also the author of the Dinosaur vs all sorts of things series)

Kirkus Review
Dance! Dance! Underpants! 9781484713792

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