Finally worked my way through this thread- thanks, Sandy, for the "banned books" link! Was surprised how many of them we have (kids can read anything they can grab; we have thousands of books in this big old farmhouse) as well as those I've read. I was a bit squeamish about this, but my husband was adamant, as he read everything he could find and still does. "Story of O" at age 8 and Ayn Rand by age 10...

"Flowers for Algernon" was recommended to me by my 4th grade teacher when I was bored one rainy day (he had already advanced me into middle school Algebra)- just thinking about the story makes me cry. Especially poignant, as I now have an autistic daughter.

Mythago used a phrase that connected- "child appropriate" vs. "age appropriate". I like that alot; it fits well. Our eldest was reading Harry Potter at age 6; our youngest at 8 is just starting to learn and it will be a long process. Their tastes in TV and movies vary as well- they are self-regulating on content. We're also very proactive about discussing the news with them, watching TV and movies together, and shutting it OFF. We have taught them to use their brain as a filter- keep the info they want and let the rest pass out of their ears. With all of the school shootings, politicians "gone wild", etc, parents HAVE to talk to their kids and teach them to THINK. And parents should make their best judgement on a child-to-child basis.

Regina Falangie

I do not belive that "Flowers for Algernon" should be on the banned list. It is perfectly acceptable for all age groups, and just because it references sex and drugs isn't bad enough of a reason to ban it. Another reason it is banned is it has love scenes in it. The only love scene in it is when Charlie is smart, he and a young lady kiss numerous times. It even teaches a life lesson to enjoy life.

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I loved this book. A book group member asked me to read it over 3 years ago and for some reason I wasn’t jazzed about it, but after finally getting around to read it, I’m sorry I waited so long. It’s a book that I pass around to people regularly.

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I’ve really enjoyed reading your Banned Books selection so far – thanks for highlighting updations of them. The Giver sounds like it is an absolute “must read” and I’ll be sure to add it to my reading list.

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Banning Books is bad for Students.Should people be able to deny a student's freedom to read any book they wish to in a school? Every time adults ban a book, kids lose the chance to gain knowledge from that work of literature. Thestudents ' outlook on the world becomes narrower as they lose access to an insightful point of view. Book censors can only give unreasonable and unjustifiable motives for banningbooks to validate their cause. In the end, the actions of the people who ban books create many negative effects on students.


Challenged books are those that are usually considered inappropriate and their removal from libraries is requested. Banned books on the other hand are the books that were challenged and have actually been removed from circulation.

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