Wednesday, October 3, 2007

2007 Banned Books Week: Treasure Your Freedom to Read!


Banned Books Week is September 29th to October 6th


Did you know.....some of your favorite books might be challenged or banned in schools and libraries across the country? A banned book is a book that is removed from the shelf because the material is considered objectionable to a person or group. When the item is removed, no one is able to read it.

Is your favorite author on the Banned Books list this year?

The "10 Most Challenged Books of 2006":
  • "And Tango Makes Three" by Justin Richardson and Peter Parnell, for homosexuality, anti-family, and unsuited to age group
  • "Gossip Girls" series by Cecily Von Ziegesar for homosexuality, sexual content, drugs, unsuited to age group, and offensive language
  • "Alice" series by Phyllis Reynolds Naylor for sexual content and offensive language;
  • "The Earth, My Butt, and Other Big Round Things" by Carolyn Mackler for sexual content, anti-family, offensive language, and unsuited to age group
  • "The Bluest Eye" by Toni Morrison for sexual content, offensive language, and unsuited to age group
  • "Scary Stories" series by Alvin Schwartz for occult/Satanism, unsuited to age group, violence, and insensitivity
  • "Athletic Shorts" by Chris Crutcher for homosexuality and offensive language
  • "The Perks of Being a Wallflower" by Stephen Chbosky for homosexuality, sexually explicit, offensive language, and unsuited to age group
  • "Beloved" by Toni Morrison for offensive language, sexual content, and unsuited to age group
  • "The Chocolate War" by Robert Cormier for sexual content, offensive language, and violence

Off the list this year, but on for several years past, are the "Catcher in the Rye" by J.D. Salinger, "Of Mice and Men" by John Steinbeck and "The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn" by Mark Twain.

Fin out more about book challenges and censorship at the ALA Office of Intellectual Freedom’s Banned Books Web site at www.ala.org/bbooks/ and about intellectual freedom at http://www.ala.org/ala/oif/basics/Default2272.htm

Stop by and check out some of these great "banned" authors' Webpages:

Carolyn Mackler, is the author of the award winning teen novel, The Earth, My Butt, and Other Big Round Things, which was the fourth most frequently challenged book of 2006.

Chris Crutcher is the author of a number of challenged books including Athletic Shorts, Chinese Handcuffs, In the Time I Get, Running Loose, Stotan!, Whale Talk, and many more.

Sonya Sones, author of What My Girlfriend Doesn't Know, One of Those Hideous Books Where the Mother Dies, Stop Pretending: What Happened When My Big Sister Went Crazy, and What My Mother Doesn't Know—the eighth most frequently challenged book of 2005.

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