And Tango Makes Three, the story of male penguins raising an orphaned chick that topped the US banned books list, experiences a huge surge in sales
The children's picture book Brown Bear, Brown Bear, What Do You See? made a surprise appearance on the banned books list in January 2010 thanks to the Texas Board of Education. Author Bill Martin Jr. happens to have the same name as an obscure Marxist theorist, and no one "bothered" to see if they were the same person.
What's perhaps most surprising about the addition of 'Hunger Games' to the banned books list is that the movie adaptation was rated PG-13, which would mean anyone 13 or over could watch the movie with an adult (and anyone younger than 13 could watch with parental supervision). So watching teens kill each other for sport is OK for a 13-year-old but reading about it is not?
Year after year a majority of the titles on ALA’s Banned Books list, which compiles titles threatened with censorship, are either YA books or adult books that are frequently read by teens. It’s important for YA librarians to understand the types of challenges occurring in libraries around the nation and to be ready to deal with such challenges when they occur. “,” by Kristin Fletcher-Spear and Kelly Tyler for the , is tailored specifically for these situations, providing much-needed guidance on this highly charged topic. Among the issues addressed are: