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A concerned parent from the Des Moines Public School District alerted The Iowa Standard to the fact at least one middle school is promoting sexually explicit, vulgar, inappropriate books.

There is a bulletin board in a seventh-grade hallway imploring kids to “read more banned books.”

Among the books being promoted to middle school students, “Gender Queer,” which Google flagged as containing sexually explicit images. “Lawn Boy” and “All Boys Aren’t Blue” are also included in the promotional bulletin board.

You can read more about these books in stories below:

WARNING! EXPLICIT CONTENT: At least three sexually explicit LGBTQ books in Waukee’s Northwest High School Library collection

A disturbing excerpt from a disturbing book found in high school libraries across Iowa

SHE DID IT: Gov. Reynolds reads passage from contested ‘All Boys Aren’t Blue’ during KCCI interview

Author: Jacob Hall


  1. Wake up, legislators! All the “transparency” in the world relating to class materials and library books is not going to stop this inappropriate material from being shoved in children’s faces every single day! How do parents know what signs, flags, advertisements, etc. their children will see on school walls? How many instances of inappropriateness do you need to know about before you take action?!? It is past time to pass a law protecting our children from indecent and profane materials. In a school setting, it should not be legal for minor children to be encouraged to read books with content that can’t be shown on daytime TV or read out loud on the radio or news. Controversial materials should be left up to parental discretion and stay completely outside of school buildings.

  2. What about that other “banned book”.

    Formerly known as “The Bible”. Including 66 books of hope, comfort and formulas for tackling life and responding to evil.
    Is it in any library? How about others like a modern Pilgrim’s Progress? By any number of modern authors?


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