Controversy in literature is nothing new, with racy books like Lady Chatterley’s Lover and Tropic of Cancer having become legendary… but kids’ books? Surely no one could get upset about kids’ books, right?
Well, of course they can.
So we take a crash course in offensive literature, before honing in on our two guests this week.
First up is Lesléa Newman, who talks about a book she wrote to reflect families with same-sex partner – Heather Has Two Mommies. The outrage towards the book saw it make it all the way to the Senate – it ruffled plenty of feathers. Read more about Lesléa at her website.
Next is Lois Lowry, talking about her book, The Giver, the themes of which saw it ranked 11th on the list of the American Library Association’s books most frequently requested for removal between 1990 and 1999.
Visit Lois’s website to find out more about her, and her work!