ALA’s list of Top Ten Most Frequently Challenged Books of 2011

Here’s the ALA’s list of Top Ten Most Frequently Challenged Books of 2011.  Isn’t it interesting to see the longevity of some of these books.

1. ttylttfnl8r, g8r (series), by Lauren Myracle (offensive language; religious viewpoint; sexually explicit; unsuited to age group)

2. The Color of Earth (series), by Kim Dong Hwa (nudity; sex education; sexually explicit; unsuited to age group)

3. The Hunger Games trilogy, by Suzanne Collins (anti-ethnic; anti-family; insensitivity; offensive language; occult/satanic; violence)

4. My Mom’s Having A Baby! A Kid’s Month-by-Month Guide to Pregnancy, by Dori Hillestad Butler (nudity; sex education; sexually explicit; unsuited to age group)

5. The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian, by Sherman Alexie (offensive language; racism; religious viewpoint; sexually explicit; unsuited to age group)

6. Alice (series), by Phyllis Reynolds Naylor (nudity; offensive language; religious viewpoint)

7. Brave New World, by Aldous Huxley (insensitivity; nudity; racism; religious viewpoint; sexually explicit)

8. What My Mother Doesn’t Know, by Sonya Sones (nudity; offensive language; sexually explicit)

9. Gossip Girl (series), by Cecily Von Ziegesar (drugs; offensive language; sexually explicit)

10. To Kill a Mockingbird, by Harper Lee (offensive language; racism)

Here’s the link for the State of American Libraries Report., a great website

One of the reasons I love Children’s Literature Roundtables is all the info that gets sent your way.  For example, this morning, I received a recommendation for a website that is an awesome resource. was chosen by the ALA as one of the great websites for teachers, librarians and parents.  It’s chalk-a-block full of good stuff like:  interviews, book reviews, an illustrator’s gallery, info. on outreach programs, and a blog with a calendar of children’s literature events and a place where you can participate in conversations on multiculturalism, world literacy, literature and more.  Drop by today!

Coming soon, 2012 Caldecott and Newbery Award winning books

Yep, it’s that time of the year again.  The announcement of the 2012 winners of the Caldecott and Newbery Medal is mere days away.  And, although these awards may not have as wide an appeal as film and television awards,  the blogosphere, schools and libraries are all abuzz with excitement.  Each year, thousands of kids get a kick out of choosing “Mock” Caldecott and Newbery Medal winners and comparing their favorites with those of the judges.  In fact, The American Library Association has created a tool kit to help teachers and librarians ramp up the excitement, Newbery and Caldecott Mock Elections Tool Kit.  It’s a little pricy, but invaluable for schools and libraries.  What fun.  For those of you who’d like a little help narrowing down the contenders, you could hardly do better than Betsy Bird’s predictions over at A Fuse #8 Production.  Personally, I can’t wait til Monday when the winners of these and some other sixteen awards will be announced because I just know that I’ll have a whole lot of great books to put into my ‘to read’ pile.