“Be a rainbow in someone else’s cloud.”
For those of you who don’t know, LeVar Burton started a Kickstarter campaign to relaunch Reading Rainbow for the kids of today and help cash-strapped schools get free access to it. In their first day, they exceeded their primary goal of a million dollars, as seen in the above video. (Do watch it. Your feels will thank you.) Read More…
The most popular baby names of 2013 are out and Arya made the list. Awesome. Not only is Arya a kickass character in Game of Thrones/A Song of Ice and Fire, a generically competent character in Eragon, and reminiscent of Arwen, it’s also an actual, historical name meaning “Noble”. That’s where the Aryan Nomads got their name.
Of course, a name need not have historical precedence. The names Jessica and Olivia were made up by Shakespeare and both have graced the top five lists. Belladonna was first used as a woman’s name by J. R. R. Tolkien in The Hobbit. Still, in an age of Jaymzes, Irelynds, and Apples, a little validity never hurt anyone. Read More…
THE DEFENDANT: Captain Underpants (series), Dav Pilkey
THE VERDICT: Captain Underpants topped the ALA’s Top Ten Most Frequently Challenged Books List for two years running, claiming the title in 2012 and 2013. The series also came in at #8 in 2005, #4 in 2004, and #6 in 2002.
THE CHARGES: According to the ALA, Captain Underpants has been challenged for “offensive language”, “violence”, and being “unsuited to age group“, as well as “sexually explicit” and “anti-family content”.
I could come up with a reason why this is totes related to intellectual freedom issues, but I’m not going to bother because it’s just too adorable not to share. Enjoy, my good readers! I’ll have a review of infamous banned children’s book Captain Underpants up this weekend. Until then, happy May Day and happy Beltaine!