Saturday, May 10, 2008

Win The Nobel Prize And Get Your Books Banned

From American Library Association: Banned Books Week:

The American Library Association created Banned Books Week in 1982 in an effort to bring some recognition to the fact that people should exercise their "Freedom to Read". This event occurs the last week of September each year and it will occur September 27 - October 4 in 2008. According to the website for ALA,
"BBW celebrates the freedom to choose or the freedom to express one’s opinion even if that opinion might be considered unorthodox or unpopular and stresses the importance of ensuring the availability of those unorthodox or unpopular viewpoints to all who wish to read them."
The books that are banned are tracked and every year the ALA puts out a list of the most banned books for that year. For 2007 the books that were most banned were:
  • "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.
Celebrate Your Freedom to Read and Explore Banned Books.

120 Banned Books: Censorship Histories of World Literature is a book you can read about banned books.

Why do politics, religion, and sex scare some people so much?

1 comments - Post a comment :

Beth Fehlbaum, Author said...

I agree completely-- books should not be banned. The Freedom to Read Statement is great reading, too!

Beth Fehlbaum, author

Courage in Patience, a story of hope for those who have endured abuse

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