Day: October 1, 2015

2015 Kirkus Prizes Finalists

The finalists for the 2nd Annual Kirkus Prizes were announced yesterday. The award comes with a $50,000 prize. Winners will be announced on October 15th.

Here are the finalists for Young Readers’ Literature:

Echo Funny Bones: Posada and His Day of the Dead Calaveras

Echo by Pam Muñoz Ryan

Funny Bones: Posada and His Day of the Dead Calaveras by Duncan Tonatiuh

The Game of Love and Death Lillian's Right to Vote: A Celebration of the Voting Rights Act of 1965

The Game of Love and Death by Martha Brockenbrough

Lillian’s Right to Vote: A Celebration of the Voting Rights Act of 1965 by Jonah Winter, illustrated by Shane W. Evans

The New Small Person Shadowshaper

The New Small Person by Lauren Child

Shadowshaper by Daniel José Older

Banned Books Week!

Hurrah! I managed not to miss the week entirely with this post. Here are the ten most frequently challenged books from 2014 as reported by ALA’s Office of Intellectual Freedom. I find it fascinating to see why some of my favorite books are being challenged, so I’ve included the reasons below:

The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian Persepolis: The Story of a Childhood (Persepolis, #1-2)

The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian by Sherman Alexie

Reasons: anti-family, cultural insensitivity, drugs/alcohol/smoking, gambling, offensive language, sex education, sexually explicit, unsuited for age group, violence. Additional reasons: “depictions of bullying”

Persepolis by Marjane Satrapi

Reasons: gambling, offensive language, political viewpoint. Additional reasons: “politically, racially, and socially offensive,” “graphic depictions”

117997 The Bluest Eye

And Tango Makes Three by Justin Richardson and Peter Parnell

Reasons: Anti-family, homosexuality, political viewpoint, religious viewpoint, unsuited for age group. Additional reasons: “promotes the homosexual agenda”

The Bluest Eye by Toni Morrison

Reasons: Sexually explicit, unsuited for age group. Additional reasons: “contains controversial issues”

It's Perfectly Normal: Changing Bodies, Growing Up, Sex, and Sexual Health Saga, Volume 1

It’s Perfectly Normal by Robie Harris

Reasons: Nudity, sex education, sexually explicit, unsuited to age group. Additional reasons: “alleges it child pornography”

Saga by Brian Vaughan and Fiona Staples

Reasons: Anti-Family, nudity, offensive language, sexually explicit, and unsuited for age group.

The Kite Runner The Perks of Being a Wallflower

The Kite Runner by Khaled Hosseini

Reasons: Offensive language, unsuited to age group, violence

The Perks of Being a Wallflower by Stephen Chbosky

Reasons: drugs/alcohol/smoking, homosexuality, offensive language, sexually explicit, unsuited for age group. Additional reasons: “date rape and masturbation”

A Stolen Life Drama

A Stolen Life by Jaycee Dugard

Reasons: drugs/alcohol/smoking, offensive language, sexually explicit, and unsuited for age group

Drama by Raina Telgemeier

Reasons: sexually explicit