School is just around corner. Awaiting anxious students are new schedules, new teachers, new challenges and in some school districts, old controversies about what books should be read in school. Wow, where did the summer go?
School districts have been facing challenges over what should be in the library as long as there have been libraries, but recent changes in the world of children's literature and our society have focused the debates on matters of teen sexuality. A recent MSNBC article regarding adolescent reading material describes growing parental concern over the explicit nature of books aimed at young teens. Correspondent Janet Shamlian reports on some recent hot selling teen titles: "In "Claiming Georgia Tate," a father has sex with his daughter. In "Rainbow Party," teens make plans for an oral sex party. And in "Teach Me," out next week and seemingly ripped from the day's headlines, there's a student-teacher affair."
While I am not aware of challenges to any of these specific books; if they find their way into schools, there probably will be. Recent disputes over books in Lexington, Massachusetts, Pleasant Valley, Iowa and Columbus, Ohio have divided communities and led to legal action.
Read the entire article on the Warren Throckmorton website (new window will open).