Banned Book Week runs from September 26th to October 3rd. No one has ever mentioned to me that any books by my clients have been banned….
According to the ALA site, over the past eight years, American libraries were faced with 3,736 challenges.
- 1,225 challenges due to “sexually explicit” material;
- 1,008 challenges due to “offensive language”;
- 720 challenges due to material deemed “unsuited to age group”;
- 458 challenges due to “violence”
- 269 challenges due to “homosexuality”;
You can see the top 10 books challenged in 2008 here.
You’ve probably read a book on the banned list. Yes, you. There are a number of classics like Charlotte’s Web and Winnie the Pooh, as well as adult genre books like Invisible Man or Lord of the Rings. And there’s also some very popular contemporary ones, like the Harry Potter series.
Which ones will you admit to reading?
Are there any books on the banned list that you plan to read? Will you read them this week in response to banned book week?
Are there any books on the list that you would never read, and if so, why not?
Do you think there are books that aren’t appropriate for children to be reading?
Do you think parents should have the right to decide what’s appropriate for their children to read?
Do you think they should have the right to object when it will have an effect on other people’s children?
Shades of Fahrenheit 451, or more recently Equilibrium… if you were going to save just one book from a mass burning of them all, which one would it be?