Scales states that: "every time we listen to a student's opinion, we practice the principles of intellectual freedom. This isn't a responsibility for which many of us were prepared by teacher training or in library school. It is a learned responsibility, and it is ours." She begins this title with strategies for studying the First Amendment, with suggestions for discussion topics, activities, and fiction and nonfiction connections. Parts two through five include books grouped by broad headings: "The Bully and the Outcasts"; "Racism, Bigotry, and Civil Rights"; "Reality, Secrets, and the Imagination"; "Other Worlds, Other Cultures, and Other Times." Book titles include Judy Blume's Blubber, Brock Cole's The Goats, Mildred Taylor's Roll of Thunder, Hear My Cry, Christopher Paul Curtis's The Watsons Go to Birmingham-1963, and Katherine Paterson's Bridge to Terabithia. For each book, there is a plot summary, a pre-reading activity, discussion questions to encourage critical thinking, and activities to broaden students' knowledge of topics in the novel. This book can serve as a springboard for class discussions, staff development for administrators and teachers, and for parent groups. It can also reinforce the courage of those who work with young people to provide avenues for them to practice this important right.-Mary Lankford, Texas Education Agency, Austin ~ Copyright 2001 Cahners Business Information.
Each of the twelve books selected and presented in Teaching Banned Books: 12 Guides For Young Readers, were at one time or another challenged as suitable acquisitions for school and community library collections for children. Each of the guides to these books includes a summary of the novel, a pre-reading activity, tips for introducing the topic, critical thinking discussion questions, and an annotated bibliography of related fiction and nonfiction. The attempted banning of reading materials from libraries is a chronic aspect of library operations and educational curriculums. Teaching Banned Books is an impressive, informative, challenging, effective, thought-provoking, and highly recommended approach to a difficult, endemic, and controversial subject.