Monday, September 27, 2010

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Banned Book Week
September 25 - October 2

The ALA compiles the top-challenged list every year to educate the public on censorship. (The 2010 list will not be complete till next year.) They define a challenge as “a formal, written complaint, filed with a library or school requesting that materials be removed because of content or appropriateness.” The majority of books challenged do not end up being removed from the library or school.

In total, there were 460 challenges reported to the ALA's Office for Intellectual Freedom in 2009, 410 of them books. The rest are videos, speeches, magazines, and other forms of media. The organization estimates that only 1 out of every 5 or 6 challenges is actually reported, so the actual number of challenges is probably much larger than 460.

Interestingly, more then (sic) half of the challenges for the year came from two states: Pennsylvania and Texas. In the two decades the ALA has been keeping track, parents have been responsible for 48 percent of all challenges. The most common reason: sexual explicitness (33 percent), followed by offensive language (26 percent), and material “unsuited to age group” (21 percent).
from the Christian Science Monitor

List of most-commonly challenged books in the United States

ttyl; ttfn; l8r, g8r (series) - Lauren Myracle
Reasons: nudity, sexually explicit, offensive language, drugs, and unsuited to age group
And Tango Makes Three - Peter Parnell and Justin Richardson
Reasons: homosexuality
The Perks of Being a Wallflower - Stephen Chbosky
Reasons: drugs, homosexuality, nudity, offensive language, sexually explicit, suicide, and unsuited
to age group
To Kill a Mockingbird - Harper Lee
Reasons: racism, offensive language, unsuited to age group
Twilight (series) - Stephanie Meyer
Reasons: sexually explicit, religious viewpoint, unsuited to age group
Catcher in the Rye - J.D. Salinger

Reasons: sexaully explicit, religious viewpoint, unsuited to age group
My Sister's Keeper - Jodi Picoult
Reasons: sexism, homosexuality, sexually explicit, offensive language, unsuited to age group, drug
s, suicide, violence
The Earth, My Butt, and Other Big, Round Things - Carolyn Mackler
Reasons: sexually explicit, offensive language, unsuited to age group
The Color Purple, by Alice Walker
Reasons: sexually explicit, offensive language, unsuited to age group
The Chocolate War - Robert Cormier

Reasons: nudity, sexually explicit, offensive language, unsuited to age group


. . . related links of interest:
The 11 Most Surprising Banned Books: starting with the dictionary
from the Huffington Post
Banned Books Week Display Pic of the Day
from the Office for Intellectual Freedom Blog

Check Them Out @ Your Local Library: CalCat or WorldCat

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