Friday, September 30, 2005

Don't read that!

Posted by kuri, ping, the pinglet, & mini-ping on 9/30/2005

It's "Banned Books Week" (September 24th to October 1st) and you can get in on the fun too!

According to the American Library Association, banned books week "emphasizes the freedom to choose or the freedom to express one's opinion even if that opinion might be considered unorthodox or unpopular and the importance of ensuring the availability of those unorthodox or unpopular viewpoints to all who wish to read them."

The top 10 challenged authors from 1990-2004 (in this order) were: Alvin Schwartz, Judy Blume, Robert Cormier, J.K. Rowling, Michale WIllhoite, Katherine Paterson, Stephen King, Maya Angelou, R.L. Stine, and John Steinbeck. Recognize anyone you know?

The most challenged books of 2004 were (from ALA site):
  • "The Chocolate War" for sexual content, offensive language, religious viewpoint, being unsuited to age group and violence
  • "Fallen Angels" by Walter Dean Myers, for racism, offensive language and violence
  • "Arming America: The Origins of a National Gun Culture" by Michael A. Bellesiles, for inaccuracy and political viewpoint
  • Captain Underpants series by Dav Pilkey, for offensive language and modeling bad behavior
  • "The Perks of Being a Wallflower" by Stephen Chbosky, for homosexuality, sexual content and offensive language
  • "What My Mother Doesn't Know" by Sonya Sones, for sexual content and offensive language
  • "In the Night Kitchen" by Maurice Sendak, for nudity and offensive language
  • "King & King" by Linda de Haan and Stern Nijland, for homosexuality
  • "I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings" by Maya Angelou, for racism, homosexuality, sexual content, offensive language and unsuited to age group
  • "Of Mice and Men" by John Steinbeck, for racism, offensive language and violence
So let's get out there and READ!

0 of you feeling verklempt. Tawlk amongst yourselves:


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