Saturday, September 29, 2012

Sept 30 - Oct 6 is Banned Book Week


You'd be mighty surprised at how many regular seeming books have been banned or challenged. A few I had an idea would be on the list at some point like, but quite a few were shockers.

This first came to my attention in an email from Macmillian Children Publishing Group that listed A Wrinkle in Time by Madeleine L'engle and The Book of Three by Llyod Alexander as some of their most contested books. Seriously? That really got me thinking and I started doing some more searching. The Banned Book Week official website lists the 10 most contested books of 2011 as:

  • 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

  • Really?! I mean, a few of those I can understand not wanting a younger audience reading, and sometimes it is a personal choice what you don't want you or your family reading, but a few of those are just a bit ridiculous. The Hunger Games?? There are also quite a few classics that have been contested, the Lord of the Rings being among them. You can find more lists here.

    So, in honor of banned books week, I'm going to read a banned book. I've chosen The Book of Three by Lloyd Alexander because it's been on my TBR for quite a while and I just so happened to have won a copy of it a little while ago.

    What banned books have you read? 
    Which ones are you planning on reading?

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