Saturday, September 25, 2010

Banned Books Week 2010 (Sept 25 - Oct 2)


Celebrating the Freedom To Read!

It's Banned Book Week 2010.  What is on your reading list?

Below are two lists of the most frequently challenged books - I have highlighted the books I have read in purple. What books have you read?

 

Top ten most frequently challenged books of 2009
Out of 460 challenges as reported to the Office for Intellectual Freedom

ttyl (Talk to You Later-Internet Girls)1. “TTYL; TTFN; L8R, G8R (series), by Lauren Myracle
Reasons: Nudity, Sexually Explicit, Offensive Language, Unsuited to Age Group, Drugs

2. “And Tango Makes Three” by Peter Parnell and Justin Richardson
Reasons: Homosexuality

3. “The Perks of Being A Wallflower,” by Stephen Chbosky
Reasons: Homosexuality, Sexually Explicit, Anti-Family, Offensive Language, Religious Viewpoint, Unsuited to Age Group, Drugs, Suicide

To Kill a Mockingbird: 50th Anniversary Edition4.To Kill A Mockingbird,” by Harper Lee
Reasons: Racism, Offensive Language, Unsuited to Age Group

5. Twilight (series) by Stephenie Meyer
Reasons: Sexually Explicit, Religious Viewpoint, Unsuited to Age Group

6. “Catcher in the Rye,” by J.D. Salinger
Reasons: Sexually Explicit, Offensive Language, Unsuited to Age Group

Twilight (Twilight, Book 1)7. “My Sister’s Keeper,” by Jodi Picoult
Reasons: Sexism, Homosexuality, Sexually Explicit, Offensive Language, Religious Viewpoint, Unsuited to Age Group, Drugs, Suicide, Violence

8. “The Earth, My Butt, and Other Big, Round Things,” by Carolyn Mackler
Reasons: Sexually Explicit, Offensive Language, Unsuited to Age Group

9. The Color Purple,” Alice Walker
Reasons: Sexually Explicit, Offensive Language, Unsuited to Age Group

The Chocolate War (Readers Circle)10. “The Chocolate War,” by Robert Cormier
Reasons: Nudity, Sexually Explicit, Offensive Language, Unsuited to Age Group










Top 20 Most Challenged/Banned Classics:

The Great Gatsby (First Edition Facsimile) (The First Edition Library)1. The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald

2. The Catcher in the Rye by J.D. Salinger

3. The Grapes of Wrath by John Steinbeck

4. To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee

5. The Color Purple by Alice Walker

Beloved (Paperback)6. Ulysses by James Joyce

7. Beloved by Toni Morrison

8. The Lord of the Flies by William Golding

9. 1984 by George Orwell

10. The Sound and the Fury by William Faulkner

Charlotte's Web11. Lolita by Vladmir Nabokov

12. Of Mice and Men by John Steinbeck

13. Charlotte's Web by E. B. White

14. A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man by James Joyce

15. Catch-22 by Joseph Heller

Brave New World16. Brave New World by Aldous Huxley

17. Animal Farm by George Orwell

18. The Sun Also Rises by Ernest Hemingway

19. As I Lay Dying by William Faulkner

20. A Farewell to Arms by Ernest Hemingway




Other commonly banned and challenged books:
Gossip Girl #1: A Novel (Gossip Girl Series) Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows (Book 7) The Kite Runner Adventures of Huckleberry Finn (The Ignatius Critical Editions) I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings Forever . . .The Bluest Eye (Vintage International)The New Captain Underpants Collection (Books 1-5)Bridge to TerabithiaFallen Angels

LINKS:
Kids Right To Read Project (KRRP)
Simon and Schuster
American Library Association (ALA)
Library Bill of Rights
National Coalition of Teachers of English
PEN American Center - Right to Write
List of Challenges - prepare yourself 
National Coalition Against Censorship

4 comments:

Doug Bratton said...

In defense of Harry Potter being on the list, it is about sorcery which comes from the dark powers of Satan, and almost every child who has ever read it now worships the devil.

;)

Erin said...

I've only read two of the top 10 from 2009 and 8 of the top classics! I'd seen many of them before, but Charlotte's Web?? Why??

Alison's Book Marks said...

Doug - You make me laugh!

Erin - Why indeed! Charlotte's Web was the first "real" book my son read, and I can't for the life of me figure out what could have been wrong with it. If I found it fine for my 5 year old to read, it's fine for everyone. (Re-read the first line, though, it's one of my favorite first lines in all of literature!!)

Doug Bratton said...

Charlotte's Web: talking animals = magic = devil
You people need to think these things through one extra step.
:)

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