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Banned Books Week

September 29, 2007 - October 6, 2007 is Banned Books Week.

I haven't decided yet, but I'll read one of the ten most challenged books of 2006 in honor of Banned Books Week. Hope you'll do something to honor Banned Books Week.


  • “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; and
  • “The Chocolate War” by Robert Cormier for sexual content, offensive language, and violence.
  • Comments

    ( 20 comments — Leave a comment )
    wirenth
    Sep. 30th, 2007 01:24 am (UTC)
    yay for banned books!
    rinalia
    Sep. 30th, 2007 02:04 am (UTC)
    Hooray!

    Challengers must all think we're going to turn into gay, anti-family, sexually active penguins who offend with language, violence and unsuitable materials.
    wirenth
    Sep. 30th, 2007 02:33 am (UTC)
    they have to protect us!
    miss_teacher
    Sep. 30th, 2007 01:31 am (UTC)
    What's funny is that "And Tango Makes Three" is based on a true story (about two male penguins), if IIRC. It's not like this author decided to write a book about two male penguins caring for an egg together out of the blue. I really don't understand how that is anti-family, but I guess in their (book banners) warped view it is.

    Interesting list. I need to check out some of those books.
    (Anonymous)
    Sep. 30th, 2007 02:05 am (UTC)
    Yes, but when children ages 4-8 read the book, they too will want to be gay penguins living in the arctic. It's not just anti-family, it's anti-HUMAN!
    rinalia
    Oct. 1st, 2007 12:40 am (UTC)
    Er, that was me.
    miss_teacher
    Oct. 1st, 2007 01:24 am (UTC)
    lol, I was wondering... :)

    Anti-human...now that just ain't right. First they'll want to be penguins and the next thing you know they'll want to be toothpicks. It's a slippery slope.

    It's anti-science, too. If we let one pair of penguins live in the arctic they all will want to. Then Antarctica will be deserted and the Polar Bears population will explore due to the new food source.

    <---feeling smart-assy.
    smeddley
    Sep. 30th, 2007 03:41 am (UTC)
    “The Earth, My Butt, and Other Big Round Things”

    I wanna read that one just based on the title! Certainly applies to me...
    yesididit
    Sep. 30th, 2007 07:59 pm (UTC)
    hehehe, the title along got me interested in that one too.

    what, are they afraid we're going to *catch* homosexuality by reading about it? sheesh.
    rinalia
    Oct. 1st, 2007 12:41 am (UTC)
    It's not that we'll catch homosexuality, it's that we'll turn into gay penguins promoting puberty and sex. Scary.
    yesididit
    Oct. 1st, 2007 03:22 pm (UTC)
    ah! makes perfect sense. in that case we'd better take curious george off the shelf too lest our kids turn into hat stealing monkeys!
    rinalia
    Oct. 1st, 2007 12:40 am (UTC)
    LOL, definitely a good reason to pick a book. :)
    dragonvyxn
    Sep. 30th, 2007 05:51 am (UTC)
    i'm interested by the first 2 you listed... i've read the toni morrison ones, which were both fascinating. the banning of books is tragic in so many ways. one of my favorite classes in college was about children's lit and how violence and subject matters like war and suicide are kept away from children, and the brilliant books that address those topics that are never seen by children...
    rinalia
    Oct. 1st, 2007 12:44 am (UTC)
    I've read Beloved, which I didn't enjoy so much.

    When I look at the list of challenged books, it just makes me sad. While children waste their brain cells on violent video games, they miss out on treasured, wonderful, provocative books. Sadder when parents think denying children access is going to prevent children from finding out one way or another.
    dragonvyxn
    Oct. 1st, 2007 02:55 am (UTC)
    yeah, well, i guess i should be more thorough... "fascinating" doesn't really translate to "i loved it." :P i thought beloved was really frustrating and sort of crazy, it was the professor that made the whole process rewarding.

    children are good at finding things out. i certainly was...
    rozae
    Sep. 30th, 2007 09:00 am (UTC)
    I'm saving this list and going to read them all.

    Does that make me anti-family and all that jazz?
    rinalia
    Oct. 1st, 2007 12:45 am (UTC)
    You should feel ashamed, you anti 2.5 kids and a dog person!
    questforclarity
    Sep. 30th, 2007 01:38 pm (UTC)
    It's great that several of the books on your list (and many more on the overall list) show up year after year on our required school reading lists at Borders :)

    The fact that someone would want to ban To Kill A Mockingbird...ugh...it makes me so sad. That was my favorite thing we ever read in middle school.
    rinalia
    Oct. 1st, 2007 12:46 am (UTC)
    What's also sad is that No Child Left Behind has forced teachers to give up on whole novels in place of short anthologies. I'm glad the books are still showing up, but I also know that the federal mandate has made exposing students to awesome novels all the more difficult.

    It't MIND-BOGGLING anyone would want to ban To Kill a Mockingbird , mind boggling.
    mcsassypants
    Sep. 30th, 2007 01:41 pm (UTC)
    Heh. I had to read The Bluest Eye in my college freshman lit course...I think I still have it around here somewhere.
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