With that in mind, I have to tell them that The Hunger Games is not appropriate for our Library. Now, of course, what a student reads is always the decision of a parent to make. But, when we decide what to add to the Media Center Library we have to take into account our school population and we have designed a selection policy to support these learners. I read at least one review and age recommendation for every book that I purchase and I also read many of the books that I add to our collection.
One of the rules that I generally to adhere to which applies to The Hunger Games Series is no young adult books in the Medlock Bridge Library. This helps us to maintain our collection at a level that is appropriate to our students. If I ever have a question about whether a young adult book is appropriate for our collection I read it, as I have done with The Hunger Games Series. I enjoyed the series and would definitely recommend it for upper middle school and all high school students. I feel that the publisher’s young adult recommendation which is age 12-17 is appropriate for the content of this book.
This doesn’t mean that we don’t have books that will challenge our highest level readers. We absolutely do and We’re very proud of the additions that we have been able to make at that level over the years. There are many books that are written at a higher level with challenging vocabulary that cover topics that are more appropriate for elementary school library. You’ll even find some books with stickers that recommend them to 4th and 5th grade students because I felt that they were more appropriate to that age level because of their content.
I’m always here to help students find new books that will challenge and interest them. This is my favorite part of my job in the library. So, tell your students to look for me so I can lead them to a wonderful and challenging new book.
And, if you ever need some help finding an appropriate book for your child please come on in. Or, check with common sense media for an age recommendation.