"Hi, it's Banned Books Week so I'd like to read some banned books." That was me earlier this week at my local public library. The librarian was excited to help me find the books and we ended up having a wonderful discussion about our favorite banned book. How great is that?!
I knew I wanted to read books off the Top 10 most banned books of the year and figured I had time to read a couple children's books at the library. I wanted to read And Tango Makes Three by Peter Parnell and Justin Richardson and I am Jazz by Jessica Herthel and Jazz Jennings, but they didn't have a copy of the latter so I read Tango at the library and took home George by Alex Gino. Funny, but they both have scenes in zoos in NY City.
And Tango Makes Three--what a delightful children's book about animal families, penguins in particular. This book gets banned because it stars two male penguins who fall in love and raise a baby. Really, two characters who are committed to one another and share their love with a child hardly seems scary, but we know how that goes. And, the story is true, which makes it even more lovely. 4.5/5 stars
George--this middle grade novel centers on a 6th grade boy who knows he is really a girl, but hasn't told anyone else. She hopes the school's play, Charlotte's Web will be an opportunity to play a girl and let everyone see the real girl she is. Things don't go as planned, but she's got a wonderful best (girl) friend who learns her secret and helps her embrace her true self. Definitely a wonderful book that shows how to embrace and support our friends and family for who they are. 4.5/5 stars
Did you read any banned books this week?