Monday, October 01, 2007

Banned Books Week

This week (starting yesterday actually) is Banned Books Week. It is the 25th anniversary of BBW this year. BBW is sponsored by the American Booksellers Association, the American Booksellers Foundation for Free Expression, the American Library Association (ALA), the Association of American Publishers, the American Society of Journalists and Authors and the National Association of College Stores. The Library of Congress Center for the Book endorses it.

Celebrate your freedom, fight censorship, and read a banned book!

The "10 Most Challenged Books of 2006:"

* "And Tango Makes Three" by Justin Richardson and Peter Parnell, for homosexuality, anti-family, and unsuited to age group;
* "Gossip Girls" series by Cecily Von Ziegesar for homosexuality, sexual content, drugs, unsuited to age group, and offensive language;
* "Alice" series by Phyllis Reynolds Naylor for sexual content and offensive language;
* "The Earth, My Butt, and Other Big Round Things" by Carolyn Mackler for sexual content, anti-family, offensive language, and unsuited to age group;
* "The Bluest Eye" by Toni Morrison for sexual content, offensive language, and unsuited to age group;
* "Scary Stories" series by Alvin Schwartz for occult/Satanism, unsuited to age group, violence, and insensitivity;
* "Athletic Shorts" by Chris Crutcher for homosexuality and offensive language.
* "The Perks of Being a Wallflower" by Stephen Chbosky for homosexuality, sexually explicit, offensive language, and unsuited to age group
* "Beloved" by Toni Morrison for offensive language, sexual content, and unsuited to age group;
* "The Chocolate War" by Robert Cormier for sexual content, offensive language, and violence.

For more information on book challenges and censorship, please visit the ALA Office of Intellectual Freedom’s Banned Books Web site at

Click here for the most frequently challenged books in the U.S.

Did you know that Harry Potter is one of the most challenged books of the 21st century? It's true! Click here to see the list.

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