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How removing books from schools affects kids | National Geographic

Challenges to books like ‘Maus’ and ‘New Kid’ have more than doubled. Here’s what parents, teachers, and librarians have to say about the issue.

By Cassandra Spratling, Published February 28, 2022

A bookstore in Alameda, California, displays books that have been banned or censored.
Photograph by Smith Collection / Gado / Getty Images

When award-winning author and illustrator Jerry Craft learned last October that his virtual visit to a school in Katy, Texas, was canceled and his popular book New Kid had been removed from the library’s shelves, he was shocked.

A mom had complained that his humorous graphic novel—about his childhood experience as a Black student attending a mostly white school—gives students a distorted view of race.

“I couldn’t imagine what someone would find in it that was offensive,” says Craft, whose book won the Newbery Medal and a Coretta Scott King Book Award.

But some 400 people had signed a petition supporting the actions. After a 10-day review from the school district, his visit was rescheduled and the book put back on the shelves.

Source: How removing books from schools affects kids

Family Camping Guide: Everything To Know About Camping with Kids | Condé Nast Traveler

How to Plan a Seamless Family Camping Trip

By Lauren Matison, April 15, 2021

Step-by-step guidance on finding a campsite during high season, easy and delicious meal ideas, and games that’ll turn your kids into lifelong campers.


One of life’s guaranteed adventures, besides having kids, is a family camping trip. Because when we’re talking about that trusted recipe for fun—dirt, fire, stars, and wild places—it’s nearly impossible for kids not to have a good time. But if you’re intimidated by the idea of planning your first family camping adventure, we have good news: there’s no one right way to do it. 

“Don’t confine yourself to this picture of what you think camping is from what you’ve seen in films, TV, or magazines,” said Jahmicah Dawes, father of two young boys, and the owner of Slim Pickins Outfitters, the nation’s first Black-owned outdoor gear shop, in Stephenville, Texas.

“We went about camping a different way, subscribing to more of the glamping side first. We would stay in cabins, go on group trips with other families. Our most successful “campout” with small kids was in our backyard. I’m thoroughly okay with that. I want to cultivate a love of the outdoors for our family first.”  

Source: Family Camping Guide: Everything To Know About Camping with Kids | Condé Nast Traveler