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20 challenged books to kickoff Banned Books Week

Did you know that today is the start of Banned Books Week? From September 24-30, bibliophiles, teachers, librarians, publishers, journalists, and all readers will celebrate the freedom to read and shed light on the freedom of expression (for all; even those who challenge the books) as well as the harms of censorship. 233 more words


The Handmaid's Tale by Margaret Atwood

Genre: Dystopian, Fiction

Book Jacket Synopsis: “Offred is a Handmaid in the Republic of Gilead. She may leave the home of the Commander and his wife once a day to walk to food markets whose signs are now pictures instead of words because women are no longer allowed to read. 554 more words


Draw Me a Star by Eric Carle

Genre: Picture Book, Fiction

Book Jacket Synopsis: “With his brilliant collage, poignant and powerful in its simplicity, Eric Carle creates an unforgettable story that celebrates imagination and the artist in us all.” 213 more words


Drama (Telgemeier)

The top 10 list of 2016’s most challenged books came out, and I immediately seized on it as a reading list. The first one I found at home was this graphic novel which I found delightful. 137 more words


Commonly Challenged

Out from my uplifted hand,
I release my contraband of
blacklisted novels.

“This is no time to be making new enemies,”
Voltaire said, reclining in his deathbed, 57 more words

Creative Writing

The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time by Mark Haddon

Genre: Fiction

Book Jacket Synopsis: “Christopher John Francis Boone knows all of the countries of the world and their capitals and every prime number up to 7,057. 461 more words