Banned Books Week!

Today marks the beginning of Banned Books Week (September 30th to October 6th), an annual celebration of our freedom to read which highlights the value of free and open access to information and draws national attention to the harms of censorship.  As we celebrate the 30th Anniversary of our freedom to read, let’s all check out and read a banned/challenged book this week.

For more information, visit the website of the American Library Association.  You can also access a wealth of resources from http://www.bannedbooksweek.org/

The ten most challenged titles of 2011 were:

  • ttyl; ttfn; l8r, g8r (series), by Lauren Myracle. Reasons: offensive language; religious viewpoint; sexually explicit; unsuited to age group.
  • The Color of Earth (series), by Kim Dong Hwa. Reasons: nudity; sex education; sexually explicit; unsuited to age group.
  • The Hunger Games trilogy, by Suzanne Collins. Reasons: anti-ethnic; anti-family; insensitivity; offensive language; occult/satanic; violence.
  • My Mom’s Having A Baby! A Kid’s Month-by-Month Guide to Pregnancy, by Dori Hillestad Butler. Reasons: nudity; sex education; sexually explicit; unsuited to age group.
  • The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian, by Sherman Alexie. Reasons: offensive language; racism; religious viewpoint; sexually explicit; unsuited to age group.
  • Alice (series), by Phyllis Reynolds Naylor. Reasons: nudity; offensive language; religious viewpoint.
  • Brave New World, by Aldous Huxley. Reasons: insensitivity; nudity; racism; religious viewpoint; sexually explicit.
  • What My Mother Doesn’t Know, by Sonya Sones. Reasons: nudity; offensive language; sexually explicit.
  • Gossip Girl (series), by Cecily Von Ziegesar. Reasons: drugs; offensive language; sexually explicit.
  • To Kill a Mockingbird, by Harper Lee. Reasons: offensive language; racism.
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