Saturday, September 29, 2007BANNED BOOKS WEEK
Today is the opening of Banned Books Week. The top ten challenged books in 2006 were these:
"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.
If you want a few more links to interesting challenged and banned books, here is one for the top ten challenged books between 2000-2005 and the 100 most challenged from 1990-2000. I would make a quick guess that at least 2/3 of the books are YA/teen books.
So celebrate your freedom to read this week and pick up a banned or challenged book from the library (I have lots of them out on display!).
~emily - 10:38 AM~
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