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Banned or Challenged Books Kids Should Read

These top picks for children and teens for Banned Books Week – happening Sept. 30-Oct. 6, 2012 – carry lots of lessons in life and imagination

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Are You There God? It's Me, Margaret. by Judy Blume

From periods and learning to kiss to training bras, sixth-grade Margaret discusses her major life changes, and often directs the discussion to God. It made the ALA's top-100 most challenged and banned books list during the 1990s and the early 2000s.

Reasons it's been challenged: It's been challenged for being inappropriate for age groups and for having sexually explicit material.

Why kids should read it: The book can be a teaching tool to show young girls about bodily changes and social changes they're starting to experience in the sixth grade.

Suggested reader age group: 10-12+ years old because of the book's focus on the life of a sixth-grade girl.

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