Tuesday, September 21, 2010

Banned Book Week! Join in..




 I was reading Sheilas Morning Meanderings and she reminded everyone that next week is Banned Book Week.  For more information you can head on over to the ALA website.
From the ALA website this is a list of the top 10 most frequently challenged books of 2009:
1. “TTYL; TTFN; L8R, G8R (series), by Lauren Myracle
Reasons: Nudity, Sexually Explicit, Offensive Language, Unsuited to Age Group, Drugs
2. “And Tango Makes Three” by Peter Parnell and Justin Richardson
Reasons: Homosexuality
3. “The Perks of Being A Wallflower,” by Stephen Chbosky
Reasons: Homosexuality, Sexually Explicit, Anti-Family, Offensive Language, Religious Viewpoint, Unsuited to Age Group, Drugs, Suicide
4. “To Kill A Mockingbird,” by Harper Lee
Reasons: Racism, Offensive Language, Unsuited to Age Group
5. Twilight (series) by Stephenie Meyer
Reasons: Sexually Explicit, Religious Viewpoint, Unsuited to Age Group
6. “Catcher in the Rye,” by J.D. Salinger
Reasons: Sexually Explicit, Offensive Language, Unsuited to Age Group
7. “My Sister’s Keeper,” by Jodi Picoult
Reasons: Sexism, Homosexuality, Sexually Explicit, Offensive Language, Religious Viewpoint, Unsuited to Age Group, Drugs, Suicide, Violence
8. “The Earth, My Butt, and Other Big, Round Things,” by Carolyn Mackler
Reasons: Sexually Explicit, Offensive Language, Unsuited to Age Group
9. “The Color Purple,” Alice Walker
Reasons: Sexually Explicit, Offensive Language, Unsuited to Age Group
10. “The Chocolate War,” by Robert Cormier
Reasons: Nudity, Sexually Explicit, Offensive Language, Unsuited to Age Group




Surprising list isn't it? Quite a few reasons are sexually explicit, Offensive, well if that's the case, I could probably add 100's more to the list! I think I'm going to try to get the Lauren Myracle books if they have them at the library and Catcher in the Rye, but I might have that one on my Ereader. 
Will you be doing anything for Banned Book Week?


7 comments:

Teenage Bride said...

I hate the whole banned book thing. if you don't like the content, don't rerad the book. I mean look at all the movies that are out right now.

My all time favorite banned book is Catcher in the Rye. We actaully did a banned book unit in my AP lit class ... super fun!!!

stacybuckeye said...

I've read lots of these and can't really understand all of the complaints. I especially can't remember most of the complaints in My Sister's Keeper.
Banning books is dumb. Just makes the kids you are trying to protect want to read them more.

Natalie W said...

Oh I agree ! Its ridiculous. I'm looking forward to reading Catcher, I'm so curious because of how popular it is.
Thanks for stopping by TB! :0)

Natalie W said...

Oh I know what you mean Stacy! It's been awhile since I read My Sister's Keeper and I can't remember half of what they said was offensive. Banning books is very dumb, its up to us parents to ban books hahahaa

Roof Beam Reader said...

Yes! I will probably be reading The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-time Indian by Sherman Alexie. I'll also be hosting a pretty rad Giveaway on my blog to celebrate BBW. :)

Suko said...

I will celebrate banned book week by choosing what I want to read, banned or not! Terrific post, Natalie!

Alice Teh said...

I've read a couple of them in the list and I will read them all even though they're banned. Great post, Natalie!