Twitter was aflutter the last weekend in March when Follett Library Services proposed a new module in its popular management system. Librarians across the country were swift in their response to Follett’s proposed feature in their Destiny software: an automatic email system for parents, which would be sent to them anytime a student checks out a book at school.
Happy Birthday, Louis Sachar! The weird and wonderful world of Wayside School continues to delight readers for nearly 25 years.
Happy Birthday to author Stephen Chbosky, whose YA novel The Perks of Being a Wallflower has been on the challenged book list nearly every year since its publication.
The Bad Kitty series of children’s books are a good choice for emerging readers. Bad Kitty lives up to her name, and occasionally lets a symbolic expletive slip. Should that be the reason for the book to be removed from library shelves?
Nikki Grimes, award winning poet and author of books for children and adults, was born on October 20, 1950.
Charles Darwin’s On the Origin of Species is the most commonly banned science book and is important in laying the foundation for evolutionary biology. Darwin’s widely accepted theory of natural selection is the key to understanding genetics, pathogens, and epidemiology – critically important topics as misconceptions about science influence politics and public health policy.