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Many banned books lists include Raina Telgemeier's Drama, Brendan Kiely and Jason Reynolds's All American Boys, Alison Bechdel's Fun Home, Benjamin Alire Sáenz's Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe, Ruby Bridge's This is Your Time, and Toni Morrison's Beloved. Estefania Mitre/NPR/NPR hide caption

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What people miss in the conversation about banned books

Guest host Ayesha Rascoe is joined by NPR senior editor Barrie Hardymon and Traci Thomas, host of The Stacks podcast, to talk about banned books. They talk about why it's important for kids to discover books freely, even if that means starting a hard conversation with them. They also discuss their favorite — and least favorite — books that often show up on banned book lists.

What people miss in the conversation about banned books

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Steven Van Zandt [left], James Gandolfini and Tony Sirico starred in HBO's hit television series, The Sopranos. HBO/Getty Images hide caption

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HBO revolutionized TV, but the next few years are tipped to be pivotal for its future

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NPR's Book Concierge returns with a new name, a new look and new books

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Robert Bly won a National Book Award in 1968. He is pictured above in 2008. Jim Mone/AP hide caption

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Poet Robert Bly, anti-war activist and 'men's movement' leader, dies at 94

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A clerk shows a customer an AR-15 style rifle at a gun show in Costa Mesa, Calif. in June 2021. Gun sales increased in the U.S, following COVID-19 pandemic lockdowns. Patrick T. Fallon/AFP via Getty Images hide caption

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Former gun industry insider explains why he left to fight for the other side

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'The Sinner and the Saint' masterfully unpacks a Dostoevsky classic

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Moiraine (Rosamund Pike) visits a remote village in search of something — or someone — in Amazon's The Wheel of Time. Jan Thijs/Amazon Studios hide caption

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The Rio Grande is seen from the International Bridge near a section of the U.S.-Mexico border where a father and daughter drowned attempting to cross into the United States in 2019, in Matamoros, Tamaulipas. Oscar Alberto Martinez and his 23-month-old daughter, Angie Valeria, had migrated from El Salvador and planned to seek political asylum in the U.S. when they died. Verónica G. Cárdenas/Getty Images hide caption

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