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Banned Books Week!

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Banned Books Week!

Post by Divia » Sun September 28th, 2008, 5:42 pm

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Its that time of year again when we enter banned books week.

The most challenged books of 2007 are:

Its that time of year again when we enter banned books week.

The most challenged books of 2007 are:

1. “And Tango Makes Three,” by Justin Richardson/Peter Parnell Reasons: Anti-Ethnic, Sexism, Homosexuality, Anti-Family, Religious Viewpoint,

2. "The Chocolate War,” by Robert Cormier Reasons: Sexually Explicit, Offensive Language, Violence

3. “Olive’s Ocean,” by Kevin Henkes Reasons: Sexually Explicit and 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 HarrisReasons: Sex Education, Sexually Explicit

10. "The Perks of Being A Wallflower,” by Stephen Chbosky Reasons: Homosexuality, Sexually Explicit, Offensive Language, Unsuited to Age Group
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Post by princess garnet » Sun September 28th, 2008, 5:46 pm

We've got a table of banned titles in the main lobby at the library. The Young Adult Division put up a display of their own. I like the theme that ALA picked for this year.

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Post by Divia » Sun September 28th, 2008, 5:47 pm

I cant do anything fun cause I have elementary kids this year. blah! :(
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Post by Ash » Sun September 28th, 2008, 6:03 pm

Nah, you can suggest that they go to the library and look at the books that have been banned! You aren't saying to read them....

We also have a table at our local used bookstore.

A list banned books (not comprehensive, but you get a taste of some of the titles. )

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

This might be better

http://title.forbiddenlibrary.com/
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Post by SonjaMarie » Sun September 28th, 2008, 6:20 pm

Ages ago I saw a TV movie, might have been an afternoon specials they were so fond of when I was a teen, about banned books. One book being talked about at a meeting was said to have all this sex and violence in it and the parents were saying it should be banned, even though they didn't know the title, and then they were shocked to find out it was the BIBLE.

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Post by Susan » Sun September 28th, 2008, 7:08 pm

[quote=""Divia""]I cant do anything fun cause I have elementary kids this year. blah! :( [/quote]

For the older elementary students, the banning of the Harry Potter books could be discussed. I just saw on a website about banned children's books that the popular Captain Underpants series has been a target of banning. The picture books In the Night Kitchen and Where the Wild Things by Maurice Sendak (two of my favorites when my kids were young and when I taught preschool) have also been targets. The following site lists some challenged books from picture books to chapter books to young adult books. There are some classics on the list and there are even books that are in the curriculum of my school district.
http://www.library.uiuc.edu/edx/challenged.htm
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Post by Divia » Sun September 28th, 2008, 8:32 pm

Yeah, but I dont like teaching the little kids, and I always have to be careful with what I say. Its not as much fun. I'll just stick to dull ol' genres.

I'll be the first confess I'm a sucky elementary librarian. But I was damn good at my job at the high school. That's where I belong. Ahhh, budget cuts...
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Post by LCW » Mon September 29th, 2008, 2:36 pm

What I want to know is who is trying to ban all these books??
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Post by Divia » Mon September 29th, 2008, 9:08 pm

[quote=""1lila1""]What I want to know is who is trying to ban all these books??[/quote]

Well angry parents. There was a case last year at one of the local highschools about a nonfiction book that about a young girl and online sex or something like that. A parent got very offended that their 11th grader was reading it :rolleyes: I'm thinking..do you know what they hear in the hallway..anyway it was challanged but I dunno if it was banned.
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Post by Ash » Tue September 30th, 2008, 12:34 am

Often parents, or religious groups, who have never read the book but have heard something about it. Also interestingly, some minority groups because they feel that a certain book shows a stereotyped character.

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