My banned book list for homeschoolers is curated to build compassion and empathy.
I highly recommend reading banned books to promote an open, compassionate worldview within yourself and your family.
Let me know what banned books you’d add to this list!
Banned Book List for Homeschoolers
And Tango Makes Three
by Peter Parnell and Justin Richardson, picture book
This book will live forever in my heart because of all the times I read it to my teen when he was young.
It’s banned because it tells the true story of 2 male penguins mating for life and hatching an adopted egg.
It’s a must-read for any kid that has an LQBTQIA+ loved one.
Beyond Magenta: Trans Teens Speak Out
by Susan Kuklin, Young Adult
Build compassion with this book.
This book is challenged because it humanizes trans people. It can help those who feel strong in their identity realize the utter desolation of not being secure in your identity.
Trigger warning: Child Sexual Abuse
The Hate U Give
by Angie Thomas, Young Adult
See through another group’s experiences.
This book is banned because people think it is anti-cop, and it contains drug use and references to sex.
But this book is all about the racial and judicial turmoil affecting our country right now. It’s about the pursuit of true justice and holding authority accountable.
by Toni Morrison, Adult/Young Adult
This book is banned because it talks of violence and sex. But it’s important to read because it also talks about the intergenerational trauma of a black family caused by slavery.
Even more important, it’s a great way to start talking about the morality of decisions and what it means to protect our loved ones. It is on the AP English fiction list.
James and the Giant Peach
by Ronald Dahl, Chapter Book
Banned for sexual overtones, drugs, and suspicious behavior.
But this book is a must-read for lonely kids or kids who have trouble making friends. The story is all about making friends even after others are gone and not making decisions based on other people’s looks.
Enjoy your rebellious streak, and read all the banned books!