How Babies Are Made
Andry and Schepp
Submitter (Who asked me to call him/her “Nialla”): This little gem is no longer in our collection, but it’s been kept in the workroom for years. I’m pretty sure it was kept there the entire time it was in the library, because previous directors of my small town library would never dream of putting such a “racy” book on the shelves.
The cover itself is just bland, but the artwork made of paper cutouts is just… wow. You can start with the cover with the title link, but if you want to literally skip the birds and the bees (and puppies), you can go with the human section.
Holly: The paper cut-out illustrations s in this book are…interesting. This is a different approach to sex ed, for sure! Warning: the animals are shown in full…um…”activity.” Potentially NSFW!!
Fetal Alcohol Syndrome
This is just another example of a dated teen nonfiction choice. (My personal hot button for collection awfulness….seriously, does anyone weed teen nonfiction?) The information is outdated of course. The book was also more about admonishing people to not drink while pregnant rather than actually discussing FAS. This book was probably published to flush out this set of nonfiction. Mostly boring. I wasn’t sure the picture below was actually a girl AND pregnant. Evidently you also need a cigarette when you are pregnant and drinking. I keep thinking David Bowie is some how involved with these girls.
The Facts About Teen Pregnancy
Guernsey, Larsen, and Wynne
Submitter: The Teen Alcoholism book was checked out by a student who thought the picture of the girl with mall hair swigging from the paper enshrouded bottle in a stairwell was hysterical. These books are only from the early 1990s, but so awful that the entire series needs to go.
Submitter: There are timely books published about teen pregnancy every year. The young woman pictured in the David Bowie room is not someone a contemporary teen can relate to. She comes from the same era as their mothers. This was weeded as soon as we saw it.
Holly: These teen issues books need to be updated to reflect today’s teens. Is this book for the teen, or for the teen’s parents? If it is for the teen, it is horribly outdated. If it is for the parent, and they think this represents today’s teens, maybe they should also check out a book for adults who drink. These are important topics that should be kept up to date, not ignored as if these books are “good enough.”