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Banned Books Display 2022: Curriculum Materials Library

The Adventures of Captain Underpants

Aderhold 2nd floor Curriculum Materials Library PZ7 .P63123 Ad 1997
Fourth graders George Beard and Harold Hutchins are a couple of class clowns. The only thing they enjoy more than playing practical jokes is creating their own comic books. And together they've created the greatest superhero in the history of their elementary school: Captain Underpants! His true identity is SO secret, even HE doesn't know who he is!
Challenged for offensive language, violence, and being unsuited to age group.


Aderhold 2nd floor Curriculum Materials Library Juv PZ7.1.G566 Geo 2015
When people look at Melissa, they think they see a boy named George. But she knows she's not a boy. She knows she's a girl. Melissa thinks she'll have to keep this a secret forever. Then her teacher announces that their class play is going to be Charlotte's Web. Melissa really, really, REALLY wants to play Charlotte. But the teacher says she can't even try out for the part... because she's a boy. With the help of her best friend, Kelly, Melissa comes up with a plan. Not just so she can be Charlotte -- but so everyone can know who she is, once and for all.
Challenged for language, references inappropriate for young children, and a transgender protagonist.

And Tango Makes Three

Aderhold 2nd floor Curriculum Materials Library Juv PZ10.3.R52 An 2015
The heartwarming true story of two penguins who create a nontraditional family. At the penguin house at the Central Park Zoo, two penguins named Roy and Silo were a little bit different from the others. But their desire for a family was the same. And with the help of a kindly zookeeper, Roy and Silo got the chance to welcome a baby penguin of their very own.
Challenged for being anti-family and unsuited for age group.


Aderhold 2nd floor Curriculum Materials Library Juv PZ7.7.T45 Dr 2012
Callie loves theater. And while she would totally try out for her middle school's production of Moon over Mississippi, she can't really sing. Instead she's the set designer for the drama department's stage crew, and this year she's determined to create a set worthy of Broadway on a middle-school budget. But how can she, when she doesn't know much about carpentry, ticket sales are down, and the crew members are having trouble working together? Not to mention the onstage AND offstage drama that occurs once the actors are chosen. And when two cute brothers enter the picture, things get even crazier!
Challenged for LGBTQIA+ characters, offensive political viewpoints, sexual explicitness.

I Am Jazz

Aderhold 2nd floor Curriculum Materials Library Juv HQ77.7 .H467 2014
From the time she was two years old, Jazz knew that she had a girl's brain in a boy's body. She loved pink and dressing up as a mermaid and didn't feel like herself in boys' clothing. This confused her family, until they took her to a doctor who said that Jazz was transgender and that she was born that way. Jazz's story is based on her real-life experience and she tells it in a simple, clear way that will be appreciated by picture book readers,their parents, and teachers.
Challenged and relocated for LGBTQIA+ content, for a transgender character, and for confronting a topic that is “sensitive, controversial, and politically charged.”

Ttyl (Talk to You Later)

Aderhold 2nd floor Curriculum Materials Library Juv PZ7 .M9955 Tt 2004
Told in instant message format, this young adult novel follows the friendship of three tenth-grade girls as they experience some of the typical pitfalls of adolescence - boys, queen-bee types, a flirty teacher, beer, crazy parents, and more.
Challenged for offensive language, religious viewpoint, sexual scenes, and being unsuited to age group.


Aderhold 2nd floor Curriculum Materials Library Juv PN6727 .S546 B66 2004
BONE - The Complete Cartoon Epic in One Volume Winner of 41 National and International Awards including 10 Eisner Awards and 11 Harvey Awards! Meet the Bone cousins, Fone Bone, Phoney Bone and Smiley Bone, three misfits who are run out of Boneville and find themselves lost in a vast uncharted desert. They make their way into a deep, forested valley filled with wonderful and terrifying creatures. With the help of the mysterious Thorn, her tough-as-nails Gran'ma Ben and the Great Red Dragon, the boys do their best to survive in the middle of brewing trouble between the valley's denizens. It will be the longest - but funniest- year of their lives! Originally serialized in black & white comic books and graphic novels, the award-winning novel was presented complete and unabridged for the first time in this impressive 1300 page tome preserving the original black & white artwork.
Challenged for political viewpoint, racism, violence

Sex Is a Funny Word

Aderhold 2nd floor Curriculum Materials Library Juv HQ53 .S55 2015
A comic book for kids that includes children and families of all makeups, orientations, and gender identities; an essential resource about bodies, gender, and sexuality for children ages 8 to 10 as well as their parents and caregivers. Much more than the facts of life' or 'the birds and the bees,' Sex is a Funny Word opens up conversations between young people and their caregivers in a way that allows adults to convey their values and beliefs while providing information about boundaries, safety, and joy.'
Challenged, banned, and relocated for LGBTQIA+ content, for discussing gender identity and sex education, and for concerns that the title and illustrations were “inappropriate.”

Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark

Aderhold 2nd floor Curriculum Materials Library PZ8.1 .S399 Sc 1981
This spooky addition to Alvin Schwartz's popular books on American folklore is filled with tales of eerie horror and dark revenge that will make you jump with fright. Stephen Gammell's splendidly creepy drawings perfectly capture the mood of more than two dozen scary stories -- and even scary songs -- all just right for reading alone or for telling aloud in the dark. If You Dare.
Challenged for being unsuited for age group, and violence.

All American Boys

Aderhold 2nd floor Curriculum Materials Library Juv PZ7.R33593 Al 2015
 In this Coretta Scott King Honor Award-winning novel, two teens--one black, one white--grapple with the repercussions of a single violent act that leaves their school, their community, and, ultimately, the country bitterly divided by racial tension.
Banned and challenged for profanity, drug use, and alcoholism, and because it was thought to promote anti-police views, contain divisive topics, and be “too much of a sensitive matter right now”

Beyond Magenta

Aderhold 2nd floor Curriculum Materials Library Juv HQ77.9 .K85 2014
A groundbreaking work of LGBT literature takes an honest look at the life, love, and struggles of transgender teens. Author and photographer Susan Kuklin met and interviewed six transgender or gender-neutral young adults and used her considerable skills to represent them thoughtfully and respectfully before, during, and after their personal acknowledgment of gender preference. Portraits, family photographs, and candid images grace the pages, augmenting the emotional and physical journey each youth has taken. Each honest discussion and disclosure, whether joyful or heartbreaking, is completely different from the other because of family dynamics, living situations, gender, and the transition these teens make in recognition of their true selves.
Challenged for LGBTQIA+ content, for “its effect on any young people who would read it,” and for concerns that it was sexually explicit and biased.

It's a Book

Aderhold 2nd floor Curriculum Materials Library Juv PZ7.S6538 Is 2010
Playful and lighthearted with a subversive twist that is signature Lane Smith,It's a Book is a delightful manifesto on behalf of print in the digital age. This satisfying, perfectly executed picture book has something to say to readers of all stripes and all ages.
Challenged for language.

What My Mother Doesn't Know

Aderhold 2nd floor Curriculum Materials Library Juv PZ7 .S6978 Wh 2001
My name is Sophie.This book is about me. It tells the heart-stoppingly riveting story of my first love.And also of my second. And, okay, my third love, too. It's not that I'm boy crazy. It's just that even though I'm almost fifteen I've been having sort of a hard time trying to figure out the difference between love and lust. It's like my mind and my body and my heart just don't seem to be able to agree on anything.
Challenged for offensive language, being unsuited to age group, and sexually explicit.


Aderhold 2nd floor Curriculum Materials Library Juv PZ7 .H7745 Cra 2004
Kristina Georgia Snow is the perfect daughter: gifted high school junior, quiet, never any trouble. But on a trip to visit her absentee father, Kristina disappears and Bree takes her place. Bree is the exact opposite of Kristina -- she's fearless. Through a boy, Bree meets the monster: crank. And what begins as a wild, ecstatic ride turns into a struggle through hell for her mind, her soul -- her life.
Challenged for drugs, offensive language, and being sexually explicit.

Something Happened in Our Town

Aderhold 2nd floor Curriculum Materials Library Juv PZ7.1.C4647 Som 2018
Emma and Josh heard that something happened in their town. A Black man was shot by the police. "Why did the police shoot that man?" "Can police go to jail?" Something Happened in Our Town follows two families -- one White, one Black -- as they discuss a police shooting of a Black man in their community. The story aims to answer children's questions about such traumatic events, and to help children identify and counter racial injustice in their own lives.
Challenged for divisive language, considered anti-police.

This Day in June

Aderhold 2nd floor Curriculum Materials Library Juv PZ8.3.P5586836 Th 2014
This day in June... Parade starts soon... Rainbow arches... Joyful marches! In a wildly whimsical, validating, and exuberant reflection of the LGBT community, This Day In June welcomes readers to experience a pride celebration and share in a day when we are all united.
Challenged and burned for including LGBTQIA+ content.

Jacob's New Dress

Aderhold 2nd floor Curriculum Materials Library Juv PZ7.H67585 Jac 2014
Jacob loves playing dress-up, when he can be anything he wants to be. Some kids at school say he can't wear "girl" clothes, but Jacob wants to wear a dress to school. Can he convince his parents to let him wear what he wants? This heartwarming story speaks to the unique challenges faced by children who don't identify with traditional gender roles.
Banned for "teaching children to be transgender."

Stuck in the Middle

Aderhold 2nd floor Curriculum Materials Library Juv PN6726 .S78 2007
A very unscientific poll recently revealed that 99.9% of all people who attended middle school hated it. Fortunately, some of those people have grown up to be clever and talented comic artists, with an important message to share: Everyone can survive middle school Edited by underground comics icon Ariel Schrag, this anthology of illustrated tales about the agonies and triumphs of seventh and eight grade features some of America's leading graphic novelists, including Daniel Clowes, Joe Matt, Lauren Weinstein, and Ariel herself. With a sense of humor as refreshing as it is bitingly honest, seventeen artists share their stories of first love, bullying, zits, and all the things that make middle school the worst years of our lives.
Challenged for language and references to drugs, alcohol, and sex.

The Giver

Aderhold 2nd floor Curriculum Materials Library Juv Aaron Coll PZ7 .L9673 Gi 1993
The Giver, the 1994 Newbery Medal winner, has become one of the most influential novels of our time. The haunting story centers on twelve-year-old Jonas, who lives in a seemingly ideal, if colorless, world of conformity and contentment. Not until he is given his life assignment as the Receiver of Memory does he begin to understand the dark, complex secrets behind his fragile community.
Challenged for violence, infanticide, euthanasia, sexuality, and suicide.

Fallen Angels

Aderhold 2nd floor Curriculum Materials Library PZ7 .M992 Fal 1988
17-year-old Richie Perry, just out of his Harlem high school, enlists in the Army in the summer of 1967 and spends a devastating year on active duty in Vietnam.
Challenged for offensive language, racism, and violence.