Wednesday, September 26, 2018

September Caldecott Calendar: Start of School + Banned Books Week

September means back to school time (at least where we live!) and the last week of September is always Banned Books Week. It truly fascinates me which titles make the frequently challenged lists the American Library Association releases every year, as well as all the other lists they’ve compiled with the data they’ve been collecting for nearly three decades now.

I’m a firm believer that not every book is for every reader and that parents do have a say in what their own (younger) children read, but one person’s preferences or objections shouldn’t dictate other people’s access (or lack thereof) to books. And believe it or not, quite a few Caldecott books have made the various frequently challenged lists I've read (see below for links/references.)

All of my posts for this project (including updates) can be found here or by clicking on 'Caldecott Calendar' in the header up top. My personal favorites will be marked with an asterisk (*). This post may be updated to correct errors, omissions, etc. as we go. Let me know in the comments if you notice anything that should be fixed or added!

Start of School
A Pocketful of Cricket, written by Rebecca Caudill & illustrated by Evaline Ness
1965 Caldecott Honor


Banned Books Week
(Last week of September; 23rd-29th in 2018)

This list was compiled with the help of the following resources:
Frequently Challenged Children's Books (ALA website)
Challenged Picture Books (Scholastic website)
Banned and Challenged Picture Books (Edmonton Public Library website)
Books Under Fire: A Hit List of Banned and Challenged Children's Books, book written by Pat R. Scales


This One Summer, written by Mariko Tamaki & illustrated by Jillian Tamaki
2015 Caldecott Honor
This Caldecott Honor title is actually a graphic novel with an intended audience on the older end of the Caldecott age range -- so I'm not terribly surprised to see it's been challenged. A book with both a Caldecott Honor and a Printz Honor is quite an unusual overlap!


*Strega Nona, written & illustrated by Tomie DePaola
1976 Caldecott Honor


Smoky Night, written by Eve Bunting & illustrated by David Diaz
1995 Caldecott Medal


Saint George and the Dragon: A Golden Legend, adapted by Margaret Hodges & illustrated by Trina Schart Hyman
1985 Caldecott Medal


Sylvester and the Magic Pebble, written & illustrated by William Steig
1970 Caldecott Medal


*Where the Wild Things Are, written & illustrated by Maurice Sendak
1964 Caldecott Medal


Tar Beach, written & illustrated by Faith Ringgold
1992 Caldecott Honor


Little Red Riding Hood, retold & illustrated by Trina Schart Hyman
1984 Caldecott Honor


Outside Over There, written & illustrated by Maurice Sendak
1982 Caldecott Honor


The Amazing Bone, written & illustrated by William Steig
1977 Caldecott Honor


In the Night Kitchen, written & illustrated by Maurice Sendak
1971 Caldecott Honor


*The Snowy Day, written & illustrated by Ezra Jack Keats
1963 Caldecott Medal


Crow Boy, written & illustrated by Taro Yashima
1956 Caldecott Honor


If I Ran the Zoo, written & illustrated by Dr. Seuss
1951 Caldecott Honor


They Were Strong and Good, written & illustrated by Robert Lawson
1941 Caldecott Medal

1 comment:

I'd love to hear what you think :)