Banned Books Week 2010

by Patrick Lopez 30. September 2010 09:14

The week of September 25th through October 2nd 2010 is banned books week.  Banned books week was first celebrated in 1982 in response to an increasing number of books being challenged in schools, bookstores and libraries.  Banned Books Week is sponsored by the American Library Association, the American Booksellers Foundation for Free Expression, the Association of American Publishers, the American Society of Journalists and Authors, and the National Association of College Stores. Banned Books Week is also endorsed by the Center for the Book of the Library of Congress.

According to www.bannedbooks.org, the 10 most challenged books of 2009 were: 
    
ttyl; ttfn; l8r, g8r (series), by Lauren Myracle
   Reasons: nudity, sexually explicit, offensive language, drugs,
   and unsuited to age group

And Tango Makes Three, by Peter Parnell and Justin Richardson
    Reasons: homosexuality

The Perks of Being a Wallflower, by Stephen Chbosky
   Reasons: drugs, homosexuality, nudity, offensive language, sexually
   explicit, suicide, and unsuited to age group

To Kill a Mockingbird, by Harper Lee
    Reasons: racism, offensive language, unsuited to age group
  
Twilight (series), by Stephanie Meyer
 Reasons: sexually explicit, religious viewpoint, unsuited to age group

Catcher in the Rye, by J.D. Salinger
   Reasons: sexaully explicit, religious viewpoint, unsuited to age group
                     
My Sister's Keeper, by Jodi Picoult
   Reasons: sexism, homosexuality, sexually explicit, offensive language, unsuited to age group, drugs, suicide, violence

The Earth, My Butt, and Other Big, Round Things, by Carolyn  Mackler
   Reasons: sexually explicit, offensive language, unsuited to age group

The Color Purple, by Alice Walker
   Reasons: sexually explicit, offensive language, unsuited to age group

The Chocolate War, by Robert Cormier
   Reasons: nudity, sexually explicit, offensive language, unsuited to age group

The Phoenix School of Law Library is supporting Banned Books week by presenting a special Banned Books Display (see pictures below) featuring a selection of Books that have recently been challenged or banned.  The display features several of the titles above plus many others with brief explanations of where and when these books were challenged.  Join the celebration of our freedom to read by visiting our display, or finding out about banned books activities at other libraries and bookstores.  To find out more about Banned Books Week go to www.bannedbooks.org,

 

 


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