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What It’s Really Like to Have Your Book Banned as an Author

Today’s guest post comes to us from Lee Wind, author of No Way, They Were Gay? His book, a fascinating look at the hidden lives and secret loves of twelve well-known historical figures, came out in April 2021. Since then, it has been challenged or banned in a number of school districts despite meeting Social Studies curriculum standards and receiving critical recognition and praise. Read on to learn about Lee’s first-hand experience, and find out more about how you can fight censorship.

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What It’s Really Like to Have Your Book Banned as an Author
High/Low Books to Engage Striving Readers of All Ages

Find the Perfect Fit for Your Young Adult Readers

In this time of abundance, it’s sometimes difficult to wade through the infinite options for your young adult reader. So how do you find the best book for gifting or even for yourself? Luckily, Lerner Publishing Group has a wide variety of titles every season. Peruse our new young adult fiction, nonfiction, and graphic novels to find your perfect fit!

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Sex Ed Books

It’s a tricky topic, but kids deserve to know the facts about reproduction, sex, gender, relationships, and consent. Here’s a collection of books that your shelves should hold for kids to educate and empower themselves.

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Sex Ed Books

Resources and Events

Indigo and Ida

Indigo and Ida

“This lively middle-grade novel successfully captures the turmoil of finding one’s place while navigating the various demands of growing up. . . . A satisfying story that demonstrates how the past can shed light on the present.”

—Kirkus Reviews

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Walls and Welcome Mats: Immigration and the American Dream

“This is history presented through the lens of immigration, and readers learn the basics . . . along with new insights.”

—Booklist

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The Coldest Winter I Ever Spent

“Honestly and courageously explores sensitive topics.”

—Kirkus Reviews

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Roads to Family
Roads to Family

“A rich and resourceful guide . . . The book is nuanced, bringing to the forefront the validity of all families along with answers to the questions young people might have about themselves and others.”

—Kirkus Reviews
 
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Nearer My Freedom: The Interesting Life of Olaudah Equiano by Himself

“In this unique work of nonfiction, Edinger and Younge transform the words of Olaudah Equiano’s 1789 autobiographical slavery narrative into found-verse poetry. . . . [An] absorbing, singular creation.”
—starred, Booklist
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The Green Girls

The Green Girls

“Readers will be drawn in by bright, approachable illustrations and stay for the determination of these young eco-warriors.”

—Kirkus Reviews

 

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Five Kinds of Nonfiction

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