Banned books we love – Podcast 17

Hello and welcome to the Falkirk Libraries podcast. Today Vikki, Anna and Tanya were discussing books that have been banned in various places.  All the books can be found at our library catalogue if you’d like to request them

What we have been reading and listening to:
Vikki has been reading:
• Adele Parks, The Image of You
• Marian Keyes, Rachel’s Holiday
Tanya was reading and listening to:
The Children of Castle Rock by Natasha Farrant
The Unexplainers podcast
Anna was reading and listening to:
Dark in Death by J D Robb
• The Serial podcast

New and forthcoming adult books:
Shelter in Place by Nora Roberts
The Falcon of Sparta by Conn Iggulden
The Blood Road (Logan McRae, Book 11) by Stuart MacBride
The Brighton Mermaid by Dorothy Koomson
Irongran: How keeping fit taught me that growing older needn’t mean slowing down by Edwina Brocklesby

New and forthcoming children’s books:
Little Miss Splendid Moves House by Roger Hargreaves (0-5yrs)
Rory Branagan: Detective by Andrew Clover (author), Ralph Lazar (illustrator) (8 – 11yrs)
The Last by Katherine Applegate (9 – 12yrs)
The Astonishing Colour of After by Emily X. R. Pan (teen)

DVD recommendations:
• Jumanji: Welcome To The Jungle (PG)
• Ferdinand (PG)
• Stronger (15)

Our Reading Agony this week: A reader came into the library this week and asked us: ‘My child (aged 5) is asking questions about where babies come from – help!’
I would suggest that parents with kids of any age who are curious about their bodies and about reproduction – ask at your local library as libraries keep books on puberty and sex education behind the counter (we might have some on the open shelf, but they often get damaged or stolen) – that way you can have a good look at several different books and find the books that you think would be suitable for your child’s needs. For little kids, I always recommend Babette Cole’s Mummy laid an egg and her Hair in Funny Places.  For a non-fiction alternative, How did I begin by Mick Manning (6-11years) or Let’s talk about girls, boys, babies, bodies, families and friends by Robie H Harris (4-7 years)

Staff quote of the day: ‘Anyone got any superglue?’

Our discussion was all about banned books – books have been accused of promoting everything from cannibalism to witchcraft. From children’s stories to classics, there are a whole lot of books that have been banned in one country or another through the years. We discussed:
Harry Potter by J K Rowling
Wonderful Wizard of Oz by L Frank Baum
The Witches by Roald Dahl
Captain Underpants by Dav Pilkey
The Fault in Our Stars by John Green
Satanic Verses by Salman Rushdie
Mummy laid an egg by Babette Cole
Curious Incident of the dog in the night-time by Mark Haddon
Absolutely true diary of a part-time Indian by Sherman Alexie
Spycatcher by Peter Wright
Lord Horror by David Britton
Some banned book lists can be found at: Banned Books Week,   Penguin Books  and the American Library Association.  They are well worth a look – even just to be amazed as to why people thought they needed to be banned.

Did you know? We have loads of dvds to rent. We charge £2.75 for a week’s rent. So come and have a browse – there are loads of adult and children’s dvds – I particularly like getting kids dvds when I have a poorly child to entertain – it’s nice to curl up on the sofa with a duvet together
TV Boxsets! Binge watch – on some platforms the earlier series disappear after a certain date, so you could borrow an earlier series from the library

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