On Saturday October 7th, in honor of Banned Books Week (read more about that here: https://bannedbooksweek.org/) Morgan will be reading "Banned Books" for storytime this week! So what will she be reading for storytime? We invite you to read on and decide if this is something you'd like to bring YOUR child to. All books are picture books geared towards 4 to 8 year olds.
- The Lorax by Dr. Seuss
- Where the Wild Things Are by Maurice Sendak
- Prince & Knight by Daniel Haack
- The Day You Begin by Jacqueline Woodson
Why were these books "banned/challenged"?
- The Lorax - In 1989, a Laytonvillie, California parent who owned a logging company tried to have the Dr. Seuss book The Lorax banned from the Laytonville Elementary School reading list on the grounds that it was “anti-logging."In 1989, a Laytonvillie, California parent who owned a logging company tried to have the Dr. Seuss book The Lorax banned from the Laytonville Elementary School reading list on the grounds that it was “anti-logging."
- Where the Wild Things Are - Some readers believed Where the Wild Things Are was psychologically damaging and traumatizing to young children due to Max's inability to control his emotions and his punishment of being sent to bed without dinner. Psychologists called it “too dark." The book was banned largely in the South.
- Prince & Knight - A prince and a knight in shining armor find true love in each other's embrace after fighting a dragon together. This book was challenged and restricted for featuring a gay marriage and LGBTQIA+ content.
- The Day You Begin - This powerful, lyrical picture book speaks directly to the children who are its intended readers, describing those familiar moments when a child may be marked as an outsider among their peers because of their home language, or the color of their skin, or the “different” food they bring for lunch. The soft, evocative illustrations introduce us to characters who live these situations alone, before realizing that they can connect across, and because of, the identities and experiences that make them unique. This book was challenged for CRT and social justice ideology.
Let Freedom Read Day
At The Frugal Frigate, we believe that parents have the right to guide their children's reading, but parents should not be making decisions for other parents' children. Specifically, a small group of parents should not dictate what books other people's children are allowed to read.
The freedom to read is under attack — let’s do something about it!
On October 7, 2023, we’re asking everyone to take at least one action to help defend books from censorship and to stand up for the library staff, educators, writers, publishers, and booksellers who make them available!
Show us how you’re taking action on social media by using the hashtags #LetFreedomReadDay and #BannedBooksWeek!
And don’t forget: Censorship won’t stop just because Banned Books Week does — you can take action any day of the year!
Banned Books Week is an annual event that highlights the value of free and open access to information. The event is supported by a coalition of organizations dedicated to free expression, including American Booksellers for Free Expression, American Library Association, American Society of Journalists and Authors, Amnesty International USA, Association of University Presses, Authors Guild, Banned Books Week Sweden, Children’s Book Council, Comic Book Legal Defense Fund, Foundation for Individual Rights and Expression (FIRE), Freedom to Read Foundation, GLAAD, Index on Censorship, Little Free Library, National Book Foundation, National Coalition Against Censorship, National Council of Teachers of English, PEN America, People For the American Way Foundation, PFLAG, and Project Censored. It is endorsed by the Center for the Book in the Library of Congress. Banned Books Week also receives generous support from HarperCollins Publishers and Penguin Random House.