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Central Standard

Banned And Challenged Children's Books

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Dav Pilkey's Captain Underpants series recently received the dubious distinction of topping the American Library Association'slist of most-challenged books of 2013. With the author on his way to Kansas City, Central Standard took a look at what makes some of the most-challenged books so controversial. We also explored the purpose and responsibility of children's books, asking whether we expect something of children's literature that we don't expect of books written for adults. "For children," said our guest, "literature is the beginnings of the world."

Dav Pilkey will make public appearances with collaborator Dan Santat about Ricky Ricotta's Mighty Robotat the Reading Reptile and the Kansas City Public Library. Both appearances take place on Thursday, May 8. Find information about the morning event here, and the evening event here.


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