Banned Books Week 2010

This year Banned Books Week runs from September 25-October 2 and I think it hits specially home to many readers after Wesley Scroggins recently called for the banning of Laurie Halse Anderson's stunning novel, Speak, about a young girl dealing with the effects of rape, citing the novel as being 'pornographic.' Many bloggers and authors have expressed their outrage at this unbelievable attack and I add my name to the list of those totally shocked by his claims against the book.

Unbelievably, this happens all the time.

According to a press release dated April 14, 2010 the American Library Association cited the following books as the 10 Most Challenged Books of 2009. After the title and author of each book are the reasons cited for the challenges:
  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
Book banning happens to some of the best books out there and it only makes me sad. But as individuals we can take a stand against censorship - this week, make a commitment to read a challenged or banned book in a effort to keep all these wonderful books in circulation.

Visit the ALA Banned Books site for a complete list of the Top 100 Banned Books of the Decade (2000-2009) and the Top 100 Banned Classics.

2 comments:

April (BooksandWine) said...

ARGH! I typed a long wonderful comment, but blogger ate it.

So here we go again:

I love how the common theme between the banned books is sex. Are we so prude as a nation, that we ban a book with the nearest passing reference to sex? Oy vey.

So many of these books are on my owned TBR. I can't wait to be a rebel and read some banned books!

Rusty, Lisa & David Lee said...

Mom has no problem with adults reading whatever they want- but I do strongly agree that many of those listed are unsuited to some age groups. One of our school librarians is recommending Hunger Games for 3rd graders! Our book club just read it & loved it, but were ALL freaked out that any adult would want a 9 year old reading about teens killing each other. They have enough trouble dealing with the real violence around them. Sometimes a little more common sense is required.