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Jewish Kids Author De-Shelved in Utah

Patricia Polacco Draws Us a Map

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"A blood-curdling horror ride into the heart of the American dream" -Anchorage Book Review(Patricia Polacco)

When did Jewish authors stop being the cool kids that your mom didn’t want you hanging out with? Between the 1990s and 2010 Jews went from dominating the list of banned/challenged books to barely scrambling by with a single entry on the charts. Now, it wasn’t that I like books being banned, but I did like the idea of Jews pushing those cultural buttons.

Thank goodness for Patricia Polacco, the author of books like Tikvah Means Hope and Mrs. Katz and Tush whose blood-soaked 2009 book In Our Mothers’ House has been “placed behind the counter” at a Utah library for depicting children being raised by ladies. (Side fact that I love: the dissenting vote against de-shelving the book was the librarian.)

This, as you might imagine, isn’t the first time a Polacco book has been placed into solitary—given the state of most kids books these days, probably for their own protection—but I hope Jewish authors will look to Polacco for the can-do spirit that they need to get back their place on the black lists.

Utah School District Places Book About Lesbian Moms Behind Counter [Salt Lake Tribune]
Ban My Book—Please!
Bomb the Ban

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tk_in_TO says:

I always LOVED Patricia Polacco’s books.  My kids are now 32 and 25 and I still remember how great her books were, and always searched the library for them.   Great art and illustrations as well. 

k56sf says:

My mother is an ex-Librarian and during the 1950s she adamantly defended public access to many, then, banned works, now considered “modern classics”. I would like to also add, she was also a character witness in a court case about obcenity; she supported the publisher and authors of the magazine in question and they did win the court case. Bottom line, the intricate ties between regional/local cultural values and public access to books, paid by regional/local tax dollars, will also be an unbreakable bond. Only through transparency, public scrunity, can change possibly be effected, or at least, show the danger in allowing the banning of books under the democractic flag in this country.


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