Books to Avoid

As longtime visitors to our site have noticed, we discontinued our popular “Books to Avoid” section. Our Mission is to educate, and for that reason we have decided not to merely post a list of “books to avoid,” but rather to expose our readers to the criteria we use to differentiate between books, so that you too can learn how to identify books to avoid.

 We know it might seem more efficient for the reader to have us “tell you the answer,” but that does not feel like a liberating approach to education. Supporting others to develop the critical thinking skills needed to discern what about a book is appropriate and inappropriate better serves our mission and our supporters.

 Publicly posting our criteria also let’s us be more transparent about what we do and why we make the decisions we make about books, CDs and DVDs. We think that’s important too. It will allow us to be in more open dialog with readers, writers and other educators.

Over the years, we have adjusted our inventory to better reflect the range of literature available. In the past, we have made choices about books that we wouldn’t make today. Generally, if we chose a book that didn’t fully meet the criteria it was because the book filled a particular niche that was important to fill and couldn’t be filled any other way. Today, there are so many more good books available than there were 20 years ago when we started. We welcome you to review our criteria for choosing books, and give us feedback about the books we’ve selected to carry in our inventory.

We hope you will give this a try. You can review How to Tell the Difference, as well information on Oyate’s Additional Criteria for Evaluating Books between good and bad books, on our Resources page. Let us know how you’re doing using these guides. 


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