We're doing literature circles right now, and some students are coming to me saying that they're offended by what's in their books. These are books meant for their broad age group. They're higher-level readers, so some books are intended for 5th or 6th graders, but none of the content is particularly troubling. For example, one book is about a kid who hunts and it talks about guns. Another one has some questionable language (but again, none of the worst 4 letter words). Another has a girl who's frustrated and says something rude to God and a student has complained that this is against her religion and it makes her really uncomfortable. I had a talk with them about how they're getting older, and sometimes books have things they may not like and part of being a mature reader is being able to deal with that. But I'm also concerned about parent concerns, though none have come up, if I tell a kid to just get over it (nicely, of course). What is the best way to handle this? I can give alternative assignments, but I do feel like they need the skills to keep reading something even if they don't agree with it. They'll be faced with more and more of that kind of stuff as they progress through school. Is that too much to ask from a 4th grader (serious question)?