Banned Books Week: Teen Fiction Is . . .
Depending on whom you ask, the answer may be “too dark”. This year teen fiction like The Hunger Games came under fire as The Wall Street Journal, bloggers and NPR and asked, is teen fiction too dark?
The answer is, some of it is too dark for some readers. Some of it is too light and fluffy for some readers. Teen fiction, like children’s fiction and adult fiction, is a little bit of everything. There is something for everyone – and that’s the way it should be.
Get your teens thinking and discussing teen fiction and the freedom to read, share links to the various recent press it has received and see what they have to say (below).
Have a simple contest where you give the reason a book was banned/challenged and see if they can guess the book.
Do a display that highlights various banned/challenged titles.
Have a book discussion group that discusses some of the banned/challenged book, or books about censorship such as The Day They Came to Arrest the Book.
Arrest some of the banned/challenged books and have a read-a-thon to get teens to read to release them (think the MDA jail-a-thon fundraiser).
Make bookmarks and posters (they are also available via the ALA)
Have teens create visuals for banned books – posters, commercials, etc. This could be a contest, craft activity or independent activity. Or they can just make visuals about the concept of censorship.
|The 2010 BBW Graphic from ALA.org|
Recent articles about Teen Fiction:
The Wall Street Journal
Chris Crutcher’s Response
Filed under: Banned Books Week, Fiction, Programming, Teen Fiction
About Karen Jensen, MLS
Karen Jensen has been a Teen Services Librarian for almost 30 years. She created TLT in 2011 and is the co-editor of The Whole Library Handbook: Teen Services with Heather Booth (ALA Editions, 2014).
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