Browse Our Categories



Hit List for Children 2: Frequently Challenged Books
Beverley C. Becker and Susan M. Stan
Item Number: 978-0-8389-0830-3
Publisher: OIF
Price: $32.00
Email Friend
  Order Options:  
  Add To Cart  
  Add To Wish List  
65 pages
7" x 10"
ISBN-13: 978-0-8389-0830-3
Year Published: 2002
Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone, A Wrinkle in Time, Blubber, Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark—these are some of the most beloved, and most challenged, books. Leaving controversial titles such as these out of your collection or limiting their access is not the answer to challenges. The best-selling Hit List series gives you the information you need to defend challenged books with an informed response, all the while ensuring free access to young book lovers.

Featuring 24 "hot button" books, Hit List for Children 2 presents a who's who of children's literature writers including Dahl, Allard, Blume, Rowling, Stine, L'Engle, Lowry, and Naylor. With a profile of each book that includes its plot, characters, published reviews, awards and prizes, and author resources, you will be prepared to answer even the toughest attacks. The most recent and compelling challenges are also discussed so that you will be prepared to address specific points. Eleven new books have been added to the second edition including Mommy Laid an Egg, the Alice series, Witches, and Guess What?

For any librarian who feels alone on the front lines of the free access debate, the appendix reassuringly details what ALA stands ready to do to help librarians combat censorship. Authoritative and powerful, Hit List for Children 2 provides the most up-to-date reference to those children's titles often singled out for censorship.
Table of Contents


     Judith F. Krug
Harry Allard and James Marshall
     The Stupids
Judy Blume
Babette Cole
     Mommy Laid an Egg! or, Where Do Babies Come From?
Brock Cole
     The Goats
James Lincoln Collier and Christopher Collier
     My Brother Sam Is Dead
Roald Dahl
     James and the Giant Peach
Roald Dahl
     The Witches
Mem Fox
     Guess What?
Jean Craighead George
     Julie of the Wolves
Robie H. Harris and Michael Emberley
     It's Perfectly Normal
Madeleine L'Engle
     A Wrinkle in Time
Lois Lowry
     The Giver
Lois Lowry
     Anastasia Krupnik
     Anastasia at Your Service
Phyllis Reynolds Naylor
     The Agony of Alice
     Alice in Rapture, Sort Of
     Reluctantly Alice
     All But Alice
     Alice in April
     Alice In-Between
     Alice the Brave
     Alice in Lace
     Outrageously Alice
     Achingly Alice
     Alice on the Outside
     The Grooming of Alice
     Alice Alone
Leslea Newman
     Heather Has Two Mommies
Katherine Paterson
     Bridge to Terabithia
Katherine Paterson
     The Great Gilly Hopkins
J. K. Rowling
     Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone
     Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets
     Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban
     Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire
Louis Sachar
     The Boy Who Lost His Face
Alvin Schwartz
     Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark
     More Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark
     Scary Stories 3: More Tales to Chill Your Bones
Maurice Sendak
     In the Night Kitchen
Shel Silverstein
     A Light in the Attic
R. L. Stine
Michael Wilhoite
     Daddy's Roommate

     What ALA Can Do to Help
     Librarians Combat Censorship

About the Author
Beverley C. Becker is Associate Director of the Office for Intellectual Freedom of the American Library Association in Chicago. She received her master's of library science degree from the University of Illinois, Champaign.

Susan M. Stan is Assistant Professor at Central Michigan University, where she teaches courses in children's and young adult literature. Stan has a master's degree in English from the University of Wisconsin, Madison and a doctorate degree in literacy education from the University of Minnesota.

The Office for Intellectual Freedom (OIF) is charged with implementing the intellectual freedom policies of the American Library Association through educating librarians and the public about the concept of intellectual freedom as it is embodied in the Library Bill of Rights, the Association's basic policy on free access to libraries and library materials. In order to meet its educational goals, the Office undertakes information, support, and coordination activities.
“...clear and concise, offering a very comprehensive list of the resources that could assist a librarian faced with a similar challenge”

“Continue and expand the important information on challenges and justifications for books regularly found on our school library shelves.”
—Michigan Reading Journal

  Also of interest:  
Protecting Intellectual Freedom in Your School Library
Item Number:  978-0-8389-3581-1
Pat Scales uses her experience and expertise to offer an intellectual freedom title tailored to the school library environment.
Price: $52.00
Hit List for Young Adults 2: Frequently Challenged Books
Item Number:  978-0-8389-0835-8
For any librarian who feels alone on the front lines of the free access debate, the appendix is filled with useful tools to help librarians combat censorship. With the authoritative Hit List for Young Adults 2 in hand, you have the most up-to-...
Price: $35.00
Outstanding Library Service to Children: Putting the Core Competencies to Work
Item Number:  978-0-8389-0922-5
What does it truly take to provide excellent library service to children?
Price: $38.00