Sunday, September 27, 2009

Banned Books Week 2009

American Library Association's Banned Books Week: Celebrating the Freedom to Read

Catcher in the Rye . . . Harry Potter . . . Beloved . . .To Kill A Mockingbird . . .

Every year, there are hundreds of attempts to remove books from schools and libraries. Celebrate YOUR freedom to read and right to choose your book during Banned Books Week, September 27th to October 3rd. For more information, visit

This is a list of the TOP 10 Most frequently challenged books of 2007:
(Out of 420 challenges reported to the Office for Intellectual Freedom)

1 .And Tango Makes Three, by Justin Richardson/Peter Parnell
Reasons: anti-ethnic, anti-family, homosexuality, religious viewpoint, sexism, and unsuited to Age Group
2. The Chocolate War, by Robert Cormier
Reasons: offensive Language, sexually explicity, violence
3. Olive’s Ocean, by Kevin Henkes
Reasons: offensive language, sexually explicit
4. The Golden Compass, by Philip Pullman
Reason: religious viewpoint
5. The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn, by Mark Twain
Reason: racism
6. The Color Purple, by Alice Walker
Reasons: homosexuality, offensive language, sexually explicit
7. TTYL, by Lauren Myracle
Reasons: offensive language, sexually explicit, unsuited to age group
8. I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings, by Maya Angelou
Reason: sexually explicit
9. It’s Perfectly Normal, by Robie Harris
Reasons: sex education and sexually explicit
10. The Perks of Being A Wallflower, by Stephen Chbosky
Reasons: homosexuality, offensive language, sexually explicit, and unsuited to age group

Here is a list of all the books challenged or banned in 2008

Celebrate your freedom to read!

1 comment:

booktumbling said...

It is amazing some of the titles that are challenged. While checking out the numerous lists of challenged and banned books I ran across Captain Underpants and the dictionary. wow

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