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15 Classic Children’s Books That Have Been Banned In America

[via BuzzFeed Books]

Click through to see the full list and the reasons these books were challenged…

Where’s Waldo? by Martin Handford

The Giving Tree by Shel Silverstein

James and the Giant Peach by Roald Dahl

Harriet the Spy by Louise Fitzhugh

Charlotte’s Web by E. B. White

Where the Wild Things Are by Maurice Sendak

The Wonderful Wizard of Oz by L. Frank Baum

Winnie-the-Pooh by A. A. Milne

The Lorax by Dr. Seuss

Green Eggs and Ham by Dr. Seuss

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Librarian mohawks – makes you do a double take, right? Those are two words that usually do NOT go together.

But thanks to Vista, now they do, as five good-natured librarians made good on their promise this spring and got mohawks because the community pushed them to a big milestone – Vista was the first county library to make it over the 1-million check-out mark.

That means the community checked out more than 1 million books, DVD’s and CDs over the course of the fiscal year, which ended June 30.

Do you dare to take the librarian mohawk challenge?

I dare.

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YA Required Reading: Pairing Up Classics and Contemporary Novels

(via Bookish.com]

Lots of YA books, for all their fantastical plot elements and contemporary detail (in at least one of these novels, witches and iPods are never far apart), address some of the same themes the classics do, including race, female sexuality, mental illness, and, obviously enough, love. In honor of the classics, YA, and the joy of reading of both together, we’ve rounded up some of the most-taught books in America and paired them with contemporary reads that tread the same, timeless territory…

The Scarlet Letter  /  The Boyfriend List

MacBeth  /  Beautiful Creatures

The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn  /  The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-time Indian

Lord of the Flies  /  The Hunger Games

Romeo and Juliet  /  The Fault in Our Stars