BANNED BOOKS WEEK
September 27 – October 4, 2008
Banned Books Week begins in one month!
What is Banned Books Week? Why does it exist? Where do you stand on the issue of Banned Books? I am going to try to answer some of these questions so that you might have a better understanding to voice your opinion.
According the American Library Association, Banned Books Week began in 1982 and is sponsored by the American Booksellers Association, the American Booksellers Foundation for Free Expression, the American Library Association (ALA), the Association of American Publishers, the American Society of Journalists and Authors and the National Association of College Stores. The Library of Congress Center for the Book endorses it. Banned Books Week celebrates the freedom of Americans to read without the government or anyone else telling them what they can or can’t read. “Banned Books Week exists to teach the importance of our First Amendment rights and the power of literature, and to draw attention to the danger that exists when restraints are imposed on the availability of information in a free society.”
Every year the ALA receives hundreds of reports of books and materials that were “challenged,” which means their removal from school and library shelves was requested. The top 10 “challenged“ books of 2007 were:
10. “The Perks of Being A Wallflower,” by Stephen Chbosky
9. “It’s Perfectly Normal,” by Robie Harris
8. “I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings,” by Maya Angelou
7. “TTYL,” by Lauren Myracle
6. “The Color Purple,” by Alice Walker
5. “The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn,” by Mark Twain
4. “The Golden Compass,” by Philip Pullman
3. “Olive’s Ocean,” by Kevin Henkes
2. “The Chocolate War,” by Robert Cormier
And the number one banned book of 2007 is …
1. “And Tango Makes Three,” by Justin Richardson/Peter Parnell.
Click here for a complete list of the top challenged or banned books of 2007/2008.
Let us know how you feel. Should the government or individuals that feel strongly about a book be able to tell you what you can or can’t read?