My first book example is Crown an Ode to the Fresh Cut, I see myself reflected in this book because after a haircut I feel like a new and refreshed person ready to take on the world. It has been a mirror for me to see myself, and to know that others feel the same way after their haircuts.
Barnes, Derrick D., and Gordon C. James. Crown: an Ode to the Fresh Cut. Bolden, an Agate Imprint, 2017.
I didn't see myself in this book, but rather it served as a window for me into the life of someone who is selfless, and a panda. The book had me question if my being selfish was worth it as he panda gave away everything he owned to help others who needed it more, and I ultimately feel that someone doesn't deserve something they didn't earn.
Muth, Jon J. Zen Shorts. Grolier International Inc., 2015.
This book served as a mirror for me as, I tend to be quite rambunctious when others are trying to be serious just as tacky does. It showed that being a little crazy and wild can be helpful at times and lighten the mood. Like when Tacky got the hunters to leave by being crazy to the point the hunters were uncomfortable
Lester, Helen. Tacky the Penguin. Atlantic Provinces Special Education Authority Resource Centre for the Visually Impaired, 2010.
I disagree with the banning of books for the same reason banning free speech is wrong. Banning books is like banning ideas, and by banning opposition we ban all competition and opposing views making it harder for us to evolve our views and rid us of our freedom to express ourselves.
The book, The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas, was challenged for being anti-cop as it supported Black Lives Matter, and its use of drugs and profanity. The book is written from the perspective of a 16 year old girl named Starr who is caught between two worlds, as she lives in a predominantly black area but goes to a predominantly white school. As she watches a close friend get shot she realizes that she needs to do something that will fit within both her worlds, and so she becomes a BLM activist.
Whether I agree with the views of the book or BLM doesn't have any relevance, nor should it matter to anyone if discussing banning a book. No matter the contents of a book it should be accessible to all in order for others to learn from it as stated in Core Values of Librarianship, Code of Ethics, Freedom to Read Statement, and Library Bill of Rights.
*The views and opinions expressed in this blog are solely those of the author and do not represent those of Durham School of the Arts or Durham Public Schools.*