Parents Try to Ban Children's Books Set in Iraq and Afghanistan

A small coalition of parents in Florida are trying to ban two children’s books set in Afghanistan and Iraq from the curriculum, following similar pushes to have the books removed at other schools in the US. Critics have said that the books – Nasreen’s Secret School and The Librarian of Basra – are inappropriate for students because they promote another religion besides Christianity and are too violent for young children. But neither book is about religion and educational groups have said the books are acceptable for that age group. Both books are based on true stories, and are written and illustrated by Jeanette Winter, who could not be reached for comment. Parents of children in schools in New York unsuccessfully tried to ban the books in 2013. In online reviews, some people have shared similar concerns as the parents in Florida, though the books have received overall positive reviews.