Banned Book Week takes place from September 29 to October 6 so now is the time to get hooked on a banned book!
Justin Richardson and Peter Parnell’s award-winning “And Tango Makes Three,” about two male penguins parenting an egg from a mixed-sex penguin couple, tops the list of most challenged books in 2006 by parents and administrators, due to the issues of homosexuality.
The list also features two books by author Toni Morrison. “The Bluest Eye” and “Beloved” are on the list due to sexual content and offensive language.
The ALA Office for Intellectual Freedom (OIF) received a total of 546 challenges last year. A challenge is defined as a formal, written complaint, filed with a library or school, requesting that materials be removed because of content or appropriateness. Public libraries, schools and school libraries report the majority of challenges to OIF. “The number of challenges reflects only incidents reported,” said Judith F. Krug, director of the ALA Office for Intellectual Freedom. “For each reported challenge, four or five likely remain unreported.”
The “10 Most Challenged Books of 2006″ reflect a range of themes, and consist of the following titles:
“And Tango Makes Three” by Justin Richardson and Peter Parnell, for homosexuality, anti-family, and unsuited to age group;â€¨
“Gossip Girls” series by Cecily Von Ziegesar for homosexuality, sexual content, drugs, unsuited to age group, and offensive language;â€¨
“Alice” series by Phyllis Reynolds Naylor for sexual content and offensive language;â€¨
“The Earth, My Butt, and Other Big Round Things” by Carolyn Mackler for sexual content, anti-family, offensive language, and unsuited to age group;â€¨
“The Bluest Eye” by Toni Morrison for sexual content, offensive language, and unsuited to age group;â€¨
“Scary Stories” series by Alvin Schwartz for occult/Satanism, unsuited to age group, violence, and insensitivity;â€¨
“Athletic Shorts” by Chris Crutcher for homosexuality and offensive language.â€¨
“The Perks of Being a Wallflower” by Stephen Chbosky for homosexuality, sexually explicit, offensive language, and unsuited to age groupâ€¨
“Beloved” by Toni Morrison for offensive language, sexual content, and unsuited to age group;â€¨
“The Chocolate War” by Robert Cormier for sexual content, offensive language, and violence.
Off the list this year, but on for several years past, are the “Catcher in the Rye” by J.D. Salinger, “Of Mice and Men” by John Steinbeck and “The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn” by Mark Twain. For more information on book challenges and censorship, please visit the ALA Office of Intellectual Freedom’s Banned Books Web site at www.ala.org/bbooks
First observed in 1982, Banned Books Week reminds Americans not to take this precious democratic freedom for granted. The event 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. It is endorsed by the Library of Congress Center for the Book.
(All information taken from http://www.ala.org/ala/oif/bannedbooksweek/)