Tuesday, June 13, 2017

Finding Sex-free, Swear-free, Magic-free Reads for Young and Young Adult Readers

As librarians, we devote effort to making sure that our collections include something for everyone and that we stand up for the freedom to read. Often this means books that are challenged for content like sexuality, realistic issues, race, ethnicity, LGBTQ characters or families and so on. However, it also means making sure we have reads on the shelf and the ability to provide readers advisory for our patrons on reads that don't involve subjects like magic, swear words, sex, drugs and so forth if that is what they desire.

Maybe you've already developed strong skills in this area, but I've discovered that it is an area where I could grow. To that end, it would be great if you'd share your book lists, resources, favorite series and titles, or publishers for conservative reads in the comments.

This article on Serving Conservative Teens from School Library Journal published on March 4, 2015 has good suggestions on inclusive services for this audience in general, as well as some title suggestions.

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