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Monday, September 29, 2008

It's Banned Book Week!!



Top 10 Most Frequently Challenged Books of 2007-08

Here is a brief overview of the most frequently challenged books of 2007-08 along with what have been the most commonly made objections for each one.

1. And Tango Makes Three by Justin Richardson and Peter Parnell. Reasons stated for challenging the book's suitability for schools and libraries: Anti-Ethnic, Sexism, Homosexuality, Anti-Family, Religious Viewpoint, Unsuited to Age Group
2. The Chocolate War by Robert Cormier. Reasons stated for challenging the book's suitability for schools and libraries: Sexually Explicit, Offensive Language, Violence
3. Olive’s Ocean by Kevin Henkes. Reasons stated for challenging the book's suitability for schools and libraries: Sexually Explicit and Offensive Language.
4. The Golden Compass by Philip Pullman. Reasons stated for challenging the book's suitability for schools and libraries: Religious Viewpoint
5. The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn by Mark Twain. Reasons stated for challenging the book's suitability for schools and libraries: Racism
6. The Color Purple by Alice Walker.Reasons stated for challenging the book's suitability for schools and libraries: Homosexuality, Sexually Explicit, Offensive Language
7. TTYL by Lauren Myracle.Reasons stated for challenging the book's suitability for schools and libraries: Sexually Explicit, Offensive Language, Unsuited to Age Group
8. I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings by Maya Angelou. Reasons stated for challenging the book's suitability for schools and libraries: Sexually Explicit
9. It’s Perfectly Normal by Robie Harris. Reasons stated for challenging the book's suitability for schools and libraries: Sex Education, Sexually Explicit
10. The Perks of Being A Wallflower by Stephen Chbosky. Reasons stated for challenging the book's suitability for schools and libraries: Homosexuality, Sexually Explicit, Offensive Language, Unsuited to Age Group

I don't know about all of you, but I firmly believe the job of deciding what is appropriate or not appropriate for my children, is MINE, and MINE alone. The whole idea of someone else forcing their morals or beliefs on me and my family by banning books from the public library (can't say school library cause we don't use one), is just abhorrent to me!

Now, I can honestly say I have read less then half of the books on that list, but be sure if one of my kids wanted to read it, the first thing I would do it pick it up and read it myself!

2 comments:

Tiffiny said...

We do not ban books at our library (as you would know). We honor banned books week as well. :) In all honesty, I don't think I've read any of those books. Not because of the content, but because I just can't read everything. ;) I think one day I'll make it a point to read some of the banned books. Oh, I think I've read one....I forget the name...Blame it on preggo brain.

mrsb said...

Ya gotta love a girl who blogs about banned book week!