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Teaching Banned Books: 12 Guides for Young Readers | Pat Scales
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Who hasn't read Blubber? And yet, published in 1974 and a New York Times Outstanding Book, it remains one of the 100 Most Frequently Challenged Books and is kept out of many school libraries. As a standard-bearer for intellectual freedom, the school librarian is in an ideal position to collaborate with teachers to not only protect the freedom to read but also ensure that valued books with valuable lessons are not quarantined from the readers for whom they were written. In this classroom and library-ready book of discussion guides, award-winning champion of children's literature Pat Scales shows that there is a way to teach these books while respecting all views. The twelve books chosen for inclusion in Teaching Banned Books, all challenged at one time or another, are jumping off points for rich and engaging discussion among young readers, their librarians and teachers, and their parents. Each guide includes a summary of the novel, a pre-reading activity, tips for introducing the topic, critical-thinking discussion questions, and an annotated bibliography of related fiction and nonfiction. Describing a literature discussion program she set up as a middle school librarian, Scales
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Here is my book stack for the #24B4Monday #readathon #maymadness. Harry Potter, Margaret, & Pet Sematary are all listed as banned in one place or another. The other 2 books are just on my TBR. Photo of Judy Blume from HuffPost. @TheReadingMermaid @Andrew65 @Clwojick @RadicalReader

TheReadingMermaid That's a good stack 👍😃👍 8mo
Shley9225 What was Margaret ever banned for? 8mo
Andrew65 Interesting choices. Good luck with the Readathon. 😊👍 8mo
Eggbeater @Shley9225 According to Wikipedia, "frank discussions of sexual and religious topics." I guess getting your period is a taboo subject. Maybe they ought to read Stephe King's Carrie instead. 8mo
Rissreads 🤣😆 8mo
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Visited an American Lit class today to talk research and was gifted with a button! I love our faculty 🤓

shendrix413 😍😍😍 2y
Alfoster 👏👏👏👏! 2y
Chelleo Awesome! 2y
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Had to share the holiday gift for M‘s teacher...another big reader! Her teacher worked as the school librarian for the last 4 years and just transitioned this year back to teaching 4th grade.

The school mascot is an owl, hence all the 🦉 stuff!

britt_brooke Very nice!! 2y
Cortg Excellent gifts! 2y
RebelReader I love magnetic book marks! They are great because they don't fall out of your book. Especially if you carry books in your purse or bag. 😉 2y
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4thhouseontheleft @RebelReader Me too! I have a set of flip flop I-clips I received in a swap package, and now I gift them to everyone! 2y
Kshakal I would love that gift if one of my students got it for me!!! 2y
LeahBergen How lovely! 2y
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I so rarely get to my morning coffee while it's still jot enough to read the books, that I had to take a pic yesterday. Heat-reactive banned books mug. :-)
#teacherlife #bannedbooks

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Helped set up this display in the library today 😁👍🏻👍🏻! Each of the tiny book covers can be flipped up to reveal why that particular book has been banned. A loooot of patrons spending some time at it 😁👏🏻👏🏻👏🏻!!! Quite a few of them took pictures too. @BookBabe 's donated bookmarks are in the center 😎👍🏻. #BannedBooksWeek #LitsyLovesLibraries

JSW Little House in the Big Woods?!? 2y
No_One @JSW wow, really? I can't see that detail. I wonder why!! Maybe Caroline Ingalls' feelings about the native indians? 🤔 2y
monkeygirlsmama I‘m with @JSW, I didn‘t realize Little House in the Big Woods was a banned book. Nor Charlotte‘s Web. What were the reasons?! P.S. Love @BookBabe‘s bookmarks. 2y
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MrBook @JSW @No_One @monkeygirlsmama Yeah, in the Dakotas, comments made by characters regarding Native Americans. As for CW, it was banned in Kansas because talking animals are supposedly blasphemous, and other places because Charlotte's dying is inappropriate subject material. 🙈🤷🏼‍♂️ (edited) 2y
monkeygirlsmama @MrBook Pfsh alrighty then. 🤦🏻‍♀️ 2y
No_One @MrBook thanks! Sometimes political correctness goes too far. What's real is real. Not always pretty, but real! 2y
JSW Well I guess I've always been a rebel reader!! 💪🏻💪🏻 2y
KimHM I did a mini-read out in my classes today, a bit of 1984 and a bit of Beloved 📚❤️ 2y
AbstractMonica Amazing 😊 2y
tapgurl I'm sad that so far it looks like the high school where I work is not acknowledging banned book week - lame! 2y
UwannaPublishme So cool! Especially the mini flip books. 👏🏻👏🏻👏🏻🙌🏻🙌🏻🙌🏻 2y
BookBabe 😃👏🏻👏🏻👏🏻👏🏻👏🏻👏🏻 2y
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Didn't see this till today so I'll post yesterdays and todays- today! #bannedbooksweek

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This is during our filming for our Banned Books Week video. I‘m so happy that it is now officially released!!


I hope you love it!

#bannedbooksweek #bannedbooksweek2017 #bannedbooks #books #banned #bannedbook #video

Cinfhen Very cool 😎 2y
Samary @Cinfhen thank you!! 💜 2y
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Here are the 14 nominations for October's book - A Banned Book. Use link below to rank each book from 1-5 with 1 being the book you least want to read and 5 the book you most want to read. Descriptions of the books are included in the survey.


IamIamIam Eleanor & Park??? Seriously???? That book is PERFECT!!! 2y
SnazzyShelbey91 Ugh, Go Ask Alice. It‘s such a problematic book. 2y
sunshinegbruno Flowers For Algernon? I read that in 8th grade and it's still my favorite book ever! We just read a version in a textbook with all the inappropriate stuff taken out. 2y
MiyakoBunny I've read practically all of these 😍 I had no idea they were banned 2y
Natasha.C.Barnes Oooo I've always wanted to read Neverwhere... 2y
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One of my videographers helping me film my Banned Books video! It is with my other friends being scored right now!!

#youtube #film #video #banned #bannedbooks #bannedbookweek #read #help #photo #photograph


Wrapped up filming for this years Banned Book Week video! Now it is off and being scored by my musical friends!

Here is the one from last year!


#banned #bannedbooks #bannedbookweek #video

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For #marchintoreading yesterday, a favourite #bookbag - one side and then the other. Frequently banned books. (I also have a mug and socks to match!)

JoeStalksBeck I have the socks! Love them! 3y
Liatrek I have the socks too! So comfy 🙂 3y
Krysta The mug might be my favourite though.... it is heat activated! When my drink is hot, the black-out disappears so the book title is clear. 3y
Lmstraubie Great bag! 3y
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Not only do I support reading choices, but I teach and have #bannedbooks in my classroom!

morgan_krahn My favorite teacher has us reading banned books. Forever thankful to her 3y
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