|Aurelia Pennekamp Elementary School Library||
September 23 to 29, 2018, is the American Library Association's "Banned Books Week." This year I will talk about the event with grades 4 and 5, using as examples several frequently banned books: And Tango Makes Three, Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone, and The Adventures of Captain Underpants--all of which have been on the ALA's annual "Top Ten" lists of most banned and challenged books. Classes in grades 4 and 5 will also watch a short video by Dav Pilkey--it can be found on the Weekly Readalouds tab of this website. The graphic below shows books most challenged in 2017.
Barbara Siegemund-Broka, library media specialist, maintains this blog to inform Pennekamp students and families about library news and related content. Any opinions expressed here are solely her own.
What's Ms. Barbara reading?
The Island of Sea Women, by Lisa See
"In my 'Mending Wall' was my intention fulfilled with the characters portrayed and the atmosphere of the place? […] I should be sorry if a single one of my poems stopped with either of those things—stopped anywhere in fact. My poems—I should suppose everybody's poems—are all set to trip the reader head foremost into the boundless. Ever since infancy I have had the habit of leaving my blocks, carts, chairs, and such like ordinaries where people would be pretty sure to fall forward over them in the dark. Forward, you understand, and in the dark. I may leave my toys in the wrong place and so in vain. It is my intention we are speaking of—my innate mischievousness."
Quoted in Robert Frost and the New England Renaissance, by George Monteiro