Banned Book Week

I’ve been having a great “conversation” with folks on facebook regarding banned books. It amazes me that as parents we are expected to take responsibility for what our children watch on TV, or access on the internet but we can’t be trusted with the responsibility of monitoring the books that our children read?   

And one of my favorite childhood authors is on the “most frequently challenged authors” list: Stephen King! 

(http://ala8.ala.org/ala/oif/bannedbooksweek/challengedbanned/challengedbanned.htm#mfca)

I will be happy if my son wants to read Christine or It even though he may be too young for the content. Besides, I read It when I was in 6th grade and I still turned out OK.

 

 

Here’s Wiki’s list of banned books:

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_banned_books

And from the American Library Association…

The 10 Most Challenged Books of 2007

1. “And Tango Makes Three,” by Justin Richardson/Peter Parnell

Reasons: Anti-Ethnic, sexism, homosexuality, anti-family, religious viewpoint, unsuited to age group

2. “The Chocolate War,” by Robert Cormier

Reasons: Sexually explicit, offensive language, violence

3. “Olive’s Ocean,” by Kevin Henkes

Reasons: Sexually explicit, offensive language

4. “The Golden Compass,” by Philip Pullman

Reasons: Religious viewpoint

5. “The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn,” by Mark Twain

Reasons: Racism

6. “The Color Purple,” by Alice Walker

Reasons: Homosexuality, sexually explicit, offensive language

7. “TTYL,” by Lauren Myracle

Reasons: Sexually explicit, offensive language, unsuited to age group

8. “I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings,” by Maya Angelou

Reasons: Sexually explicit

9. “It’s Perfectly Normal,” by Robie Harris

Reasons: Sex education, sexually explicit

10. “The Perks of Being A Wallflower,” by Stephen Chbosky

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

Source: American Library Association

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