Banned Books Week


cover image from Amazon

When I do a yearly check-up I almost always ask kids what they’re reading. Last week one mentioned a novel I love, Robert Cormier’s The Chocolate War. His mom was in the room, and she said that a parent she knew had started a petition to remove The Chocolate War from their high school reading list, using quotes from the book and the fact that it was on the ALA’s most banned and challenged list to try to convince other parents to join her. My patient’s mother had read the book and loved it, so we commiserated. She was pretty sure that the parent trying to ban the book hadn’t read it.

The Chocolate War is a sad and brutally honest book, and I love it. It was published in 1974, and now has the distinction of still making the top ten banned & challenged books in 2009, 35 years later.

movie poster from Amazon

In honor of Banned Books Week, my next post will be on one of my favorite picture books, In the Night Kitchen, by Maurice Sendak, which has made the 100 most frequently banned list for many years.


2 Responses to “Banned Books Week”

  1. 1 Nina

    Hi Dr Singerman!

    I’m so glad you’re posting again! I’ve got to say, I’ve missed our weekly chats during clinic. I’m still in the midst of the books you gave me; I’ll let you know when I’m done. I also wanted to let you know that in the Neuro department we actually had a conference to discuss what books were appropriate to help patients and/or typical children understand the difficulty of their disability/being different. We even had a parent come and share her experiences. It was phenomenal; in fact I just got a book that was recommended for parents- “Changed by a Child” by Barbara Gill.

    Hope you’re well!


  2. It’s good to hear from you! I have 2 new interns, but it isn’t the same as having you and John . . . they may grow into it. They have time.

    I looked at Changed by a Child and it really looks good. I’m going to read it.


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