"There is more treasure in books than in all the pirate's loot on Treasure Island" - Walt Disney
Take a look to see what books you should read to learn more about yourself and the world!
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Take a look to see what books you should read to learn more about yourself and the world!
By: Paris Neilsen/ Books Editor
“The expression or application of human creative skill and imagination… producing works to be appreciated primarily for their beauty or emotional power.”(Google Dictionary) This is the definition of art, which includes books. Would you ban a painting? Books should not be banned because they provoke emotion.
Books are being sheltered from teenagers for many reasons. Racial issues, violence, sexual abuse, and religious affiliations are just a few of the reasons why books are banned. But in real life these things happen a lot more than people think. Sharing your story shouldn’t ever be something someone can ban.
“The Color Purple” by Alice Walker tells the story of the African American life in 1930. It’s told from an all female perspective with stories of rape, abuse, and sexism. Schools all over the United States banned this book because it was too “sexual”. Many libraries also have rejected this book. “Perhaps the real issue is denial here- that people would rather forget the dark history of slavery and racism in this country” (Early Bird Books).
Many parents try to get books banned to save their kids' innocence, but their innocence is being replaced with ignorance. “The Giver” by Lois Lowry is one many have seen as unfit for their teenagers. From Slate it states the removal of “The Giver” was because of “violence and claims that the book is “Unsuited to [the] Age Group”—or in other words that it’s too dark for children.” It has also been banned because of suicidal topics. But as horrible as these things are, they happen. The banning of books with mature topics is juvenile.
Being exposed to these stories helps people gain sympathy for the characters. The NCAC, or the National Coalition Against Censorship celebrates and honors these authors that are not afraid to create meaningful books. Books may get banned, but that doesn’t stop their messages to inspire and shed light to controversial, but necessary topics.
(Not-so) Kid-Friendly Children’s Books
By: Alexis Jorgensen/Pro-Con Debate Editor
Bedtime stories are fun and great ways for parents or older siblings to bond with their children and teach them important reading and comprehension skills. Picture books are always a favorite since the cute illustrations keep kids interested in the story. Some picture books may not be the best choices, however.
Take Jory John and Avery Monsen’s “K is for Knifeball: An Alphabet of Terrible Advice” for example. This story is not your ordinary alphabet book. With quotes such as “D is for drifter who’s out on your lawn. Bring him inside when your parents are gone.” and many others, this cutely illustrated book is filled with terrible ideas for children to get in their heads.
The same authors also wrote a pair of books called “All My Friends are Dead” and “All My Friends are Still Dead.” Barnes and Noble described the series of books as both “cute and dark all at once.” The books cover the downfalls of having friends if you’re anything from a dinosaur whose friends are all dead to a tree whose friends are all end tables. The books are listed in the humor genre which is very fitting, but it may come across as a little dark and depressing for children
Matthew DiBenedetti takes another humorously dark view on life with his picture book “I Hate Everything.” With a cover filled with joyful and childlike illustrations of rainbows, unicorns, and penguins, the title of the book may seem unfitting. The book does a great job at eliciting laughs due to its clever composition, but as one reader says, the story is “good fun but more for adults than good humored kids.”
Lastly, Carla Butwin’s illustrated storybook “If Animals Could Talk” is definitely a favorite when it comes to an adult audience, but as it says in its description, the book is “appropriate for all ages! (Definitely not for all ages.)” With pages filled with seals suggesting they want to “Netflix and Chill” and furry animals using questionable language, it may be best to keep this book of pictures on the top shelf where little hands can’t reach it.
To Kill a Mockingbird
By: Adeline Dietz/Great Outdoors Editor
“To Kill a Mockingbird” is one of the most well-known books. The book, written by Harper Lee, was released July 11, 1960 and schools all over the world have been reading it for years.
Recently, a school in Mississippi took the book off of the reading list. According to The New York Times article “‘To Kill a Mockingbird’ Removed From School in Mississippi”, Christina Carano states, “Eighth graders in Biloxi, Miss., will no longer be required to read “To Kill a Mockingbird”, Harper Lee’s Pulitzer Prize-winning novel about racial inequality and the civil rights movember that has been taught in countless classrooms and influences generations of readers.” The book will still be in their library but is that enough?
Many students have read the book because they are required to, not because they chose to. The book has so many important messages that can teach people and removing it from schools will not do them any good. The vice principal Kenny Holloway said the reason for removing the book was because “there is some language in the book that makes people uncomfortable, and we can teach the same lesson with other books.” This upset many people and caused them to take to twitter. Arne Duncan who was the secretary of education in the United States for six years tweeted out “When school districts remove ‘To Kill A Mockingbird’ from the reading list, we know we have real problems.”
The school has no plans to redo this action of removing the book but people are fighting it and trying to make them add it back on
By Adeline Dietz/ Great Outdoors Editor
Have you ever been to Barnes and Noble? It is a store that many people are familiar with and shop at. Possibly the most well known bookstore in the United States. However, Powell’s City of Books is one of the largest bookstores in all of the west coast. It is a huge attraction sight that many book lovers cannot wait to see.
According to powells.com, ...the City of Books has nine color-coded rooms and over 3,500 different sections…” It is located in Portland Oregon. Many bookstores close pretty early, around nine pm. Powell’s is opened until eleven pm. This could be because Portland is such a large tourist city and Powell’s is a must see. Many people want to visit it. It could also be because they have a coffee shop attached to the store. Powell’s has a whole section dedicated to used books. Anyone can sell their books to Powell’s to be resold on site or online. This is a great option because the price is reduced so the books are more affordable. It is also a really cool thought that the books have had a home before and been purchased and read by other people.
Ellie Dietz, a U of U freshman, said, “I loved Powell’s. It is the largest bookstore I have even been to. I would for sure go back.” Another intriguing thing about Powell’s City of Books, is it has a rare book room. This room contains books such as, Punisher Omnibus, by Garth Ennis, Dillon. Sharp Objects by Gillian Flynn, and Egon Schiele Complete Paintings 1909 1918 by Tobias G Natter. The room is really popular and a large part of why Powell’s is such an attraction. A person is able to purchase signed copies online and in store like many other bookstores. According to William Dietz, my dad, “I do not read a lot of books but I went in there because my kids love to read. I did enjoy it though, I would not mind going back.” Powell’s, City of Books is a jaw dropping bookstore that many people should pop into when in Portland.
Can Books Survive?
By: Paris Neilsen/ Book editor
Movies, social media, tv shows, video games and hectic lives. Where do books fit in? Can books survive the test of time? Books have been around for thousands of years, and they aren't going anywhere any time soon.
We can’t go more than a day without some form of technology, we are dependant on it to say the least. But all the technology in the world cannot replace the way a book makes you feel. “Reading is difficult..it is pleasurable and painful… it can change a person. And this is precisely why I keep buying books.”(Forbes) There is nothing like being enchanted by a interesting book.
Some of the hardest and busiest days can become relaxed just by reading. In fact in just six minutes stress can be reduced by two thirds by reading (telegraph.co). Doctor Lewis, a scientist that conducted a study on how reading relieves stress, found that “it really doesn't matter what book you read, by losing yourself in a book you can escape from the worries and stresses of the everyday world.” He even goes on to state,
“This is more than merely a distraction but an active engaging of the imagination as the words on the printed page stimulate your creativity and cause you to enter what is essentially an altered state of consciousness.”
According to pewinternet, “Seven in 10 adults read a book in print in the past 6 months.” Just because of the tremendous amount of technology it doesn't mean that people can’t find the time to indulge in a book.
Coming home after a long day, curling up in my covers, and reading a book is the best therapy for me. No amount of technology could replace the importance of books to me and so many other readers.
Books That Change Our Lives
By Paris Neilsen/ Editor of Books
You’re ferociously flying throughout New York City, weaving around buildings, racing the clock to save all of humanity. You’re falling helplessly in love with the curly haired shy and quirky guitar player that sits next to you in math class. You’re solving crime in the mildew smelling ghetto of London whilst wearing a checkered trench coat and spectacles. You can be all of these things and more and all it takes is one book; one book to change your life. A book to let you experience the world as you have never imagined.
By reading, it exposes the reader to situations they want, refuse, and need to go through. The Perks of Being a Wallflower, by Stephen Chbosky can prepare readers for high school. By finding a book that means something to you, you can connect with people from the past. From crossways.org it specifically says,“Novels are free to move beyond the particulars of history to the universals of human experience, to such abstract and philosophical concepts as love, hate, goodness, and evil.“ Experience the things you never thought could happen with something that has been taken for granted.
Escaping from who you are is addicting, but finding yourself is fundamental. The Huffington Post states “The greatest books comfort you with a sense of belonging.” By reading the words of someone you aspire to be is the best way to get to know their personality, for example if you aspire to be like Bill Gates, you can read his autobiography. You can adopt the traits that your idol has to make you who you want to be.
OEDB (Open Education Database) reminds us what we can get from books by saying “People with villainous traits, helpless people, poor, rich, with different sexual orientations, you’ll understand their lives better once you open your eyes to them wanting to understand them.” Books have a certain power to connect you to the characters and people in your life. By reading what someone has gone through you become truly understanding and empathetic.
Next time you open a book realize that the words aren’t just words, but that they have changed the lives and made up the people that surround you. In your life, intentionally or not, books have already made an impact.
Photos by: Joe Neilsen, Hannah Fillinger, Lincoln Neilsen
Hello, my name is Paris Neilsen and I am the editor of the book page.
"Things change. And friends Leave. And life doesn't stop for anybody."
-The Perks of Being a Wallflower.
I love spending time with my brothers, reading, and painting.
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