Monday, September 26, 2011

Banned Book Week Sept 24 - Oct 1




Banned Books Week (BBW) is an annual event celebrating the freedom to read and the importance of the First Amendment.  This event helps draw attention to censorship by spotlighting books that were actually or 
were attempted to be banned across the USA.

BBW stresses the importance of ensuring the availability of unorthodox or unpopular viewpoints for all who wish to read and access them. Thanks to librarians, teachers, booksellers, and members of the community most of the books targeted were not banned.  I want to send a big thank you to all who help fight these bannings, uphold our First Amendment rights and draw attention to the danger that exists when restraints placed on the availability of information.
 
Below are books that were attempted to be banned for the past 3 years.  Pick one up and read it this week!

   2010: 
1) And Tango Makes Three, by Peter Parnell and Justin Richardson - So Cute! Loved it.
2) The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian, by Sherman Alexie;
3) Brave New World, by Aldous Huxley;
4) Crank, by Ellen Hopkins;
 5) The Hunger Games, by Suzanne Collins - Love it! Can't wait to read the rest of the series.  This was also my daughters 10th Grade summer reading book. 
 6)Lush, by Natasha Friend;
7) What My Mother Doesn't Know, by Sonya Sones;
8) Nickel and Dimed, by Barbara Ehrenreich - Hated it. - didn't like the writing style, and thought that although the subject was interesting the author was very pretentious.  This was my other daughters required summer reading for 11th grade. 
9)Revolutionary Voices, edited by Amy Sonnie;
10) Twilight, by Stephenie Meyer - I actually really enjoyed this series. 

   2009: 
1) ttyl; ttfn; l8r, g8r (series), by Lauren Myracle;
2) And Tango Makes Three, by Peter Parnell and Justin Richardson See Above
3) The Perks of Being A Wallflower, by Stephen Chbosky;
4) To Kill A Mockingbird, by Harper Lee - Read this in high school and didn't get much out of it...read it again a few years ago and fell in love with it.  
5) Twilight (series) by Stephenie Meyer - See above
 6)Catcher in the Rye, by J.D. Salinger;
7) My Sister’s Keeper, by Jodi Picoult - Found this to be a great book, hard subject matter but fascinating.
 8) The Earth, My Butt, and Other Big, Round Things, by Carolyn Mackler - I have this on my shelf but haven't read it yet - the title drew me to it. Guess I should pull it down and read it this week. 
9) The Color Purple, by Alice Walker - Fabulous book 
10) The Chocolate War, by Robert Cormier

   2008: 
1) And Tango Makes Three, by Justin Richardson and Peter Parnell - See above
2) His Dark Materials trilogy, by Philip Pullman;
 3) ttyl; ttfn; l8r, g8r (series), by Lauren Myracle;
4) Scary Stories (series), by Alvin Schwartz;
5) Bless Me, Ultima, by Rudolfo Anaya;
6) The Perks of Being a Wallflower, by Stephen Chbosky;
 7) Gossip Girl (series), by Cecily von Ziegesar;
 8) Uncle Bobby's Wedding, by Sarah S. Brannen;
9) The Kite Runner, by Khaled Hosseini - My daughter was required to read this in 9th grade for Honors English - I decided to read it as well - glad I did, what a fabulous book.  She liked it as well. 
10) Flashcards of My Life, by Charise Mericle Harper

2 comments:

  1. Hmmmmm.... I do not see Huckleberry Finn and Tom Sawyer on this list. I cannot prove it statistically, but it seems like these two books are constantly under attack for being in curriculae and libraries. Banned despite being, arguably the two most important novels in American history. Just sayin'

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  2. Its definitely on bigger lists it just might not have been targeted for the 3 years i posted the lists for. I believe you're right though I think they are 2 of the most targeted books

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