Banned Book Week

bannedbooks-225x300Today officially marked the start of Banned Book  Week in the United States. According to the ALA Banned Book week

 “is an annual event celebrating the freedom to read and the importance of the First Amendment.  Held during the last week of September, Banned Books Week highlights the benefits of free and open access to information while drawing attention to the harms of censorship by spotlighting actual or attempted bannings of books across the United States.”  – ALA

 

Here is the list of the top 10 banned books from 2008…

  1. And Tango Makes Three, by Justin Richardson and Peter Parnell
    Reasons: anti-ethnic, anti-family, homosexuality, religious viewpoint, and unsuited to age group
  2. His Dark Materials trilogy, by Philip Pullman
    Reasons: political viewpoint, religious viewpoint, and violence
  3. TTYL; TTFN; L8R, G8R (series), by Lauren Myracle
    Reasons: offensive language, sexually explicit, and unsuited to age group
  4. Scary Stories (series), by Alvin Schwartz
    Reasons: occult/satanism, religious viewpoint, and violence
  5. Bless Me, Ultima, by Rudolfo Anaya
    Reasons: occult/satanism, offensive language, religious viewpoint, sexually explicit, and violence
  6. The Perks of Being a Wallflower, by Stephen Chbosky
    Reasons: drugs, homosexuality, nudity, offensive language, sexually explicit, suicide, and unsuited to age group
  7. Gossip Girl (series), by Cecily von Ziegesar
    Reasons: offensive language, sexually explicit, and unsuited to age group
  8. Uncle Bobby’s Wedding, by Sarah S. Brannen
    Reasons: homosexuality and unsuited to age group
  9. The Kite Runner, by Khaled Hosseini
    Reasons: offensive language, sexually explicit, and unsuited to age group
  10. Flashcards of My Life, by Charise Mericle Harper
    Reasons: sexually explicit and unsuited to age group

Recognize any of them? I notice a lot of them say they are unsuited to age group, does it suprise you that most banned books are banned for that reason?

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One Response

  1. I too am familiar with some of these titles – and as a Mom I’d agree with most of the not appropriate comments. But would I ban my kids from reading them – I’m not sure. I think my role is to provide guidance and give them the opportunity to decide for themselves – but at an appropriate age. For instance I probably would not encourage 13, 14 yr olds to read Gossip Girl – they’re not allowed to watch the show in our house 🙂 But older say 17-18 yes…

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