Graduate Research Papers


Open Access Graduate Research Paper


Children's literature; School librarians--Iowa; School libraries--Book selection--Iowa;


The purpose of this study was to ascertain whether or not Iowa elementary school children had access to fiction and non-fiction titles containing potentially controversial topics. The purpose of this study is to investigate whether Iowa elementary schools with professionally certified school librarians hold a greater number of recommended books from ALA Notable Children's Books list from 2002-2009 in which reviews do not indicate potentially controversial topics as compared with those ALA Notable Children's Books from the same years in which reviews indicate potentially controversial topics. The methodology used for this study was quantitative research. The researcher randomly chose 45 schools out of the nine AEA regions in the State of Iowa. These schools had catalogs that were accessible via the Internet and had a certified teacher librarian on staff. The test group had 25 titles that had potentially controversial topics listed in the review. The control group held the same number of titles that were included in the 2002-2009 ALA Notable Children's Books. Upon completion of the data collection, the researcher was able to determine that several regions had noteworthy differences in ownership of potentially controversial titles.

Date of Award


Degree Name

Master of Arts


Division of School Library Studies


Department of Curriculum and Instruction

First Advisor

Karla Krueger

Date Original


Object Description

49 p. : map



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