Banned books week in Sept 27- Oct 4. Celebrate your freedom to read! Banned Books Week is the only national celebration of the freedom to read. It was launched in 1982 in response to a sudden surge in the number of challenges to books in schools, bookstores and libraries. More than a thousand books have been challenged since 1982. The challenges have occurred in every state and in hundreds of communities. People challenge books that they say are too sexual or too violent. They object to profanity and slang, and protest against offensive portrayals of racial or religious groups--or positive portrayals of homosexuals. Their targets range from books that explore the latest problems to classic and beloved works of American literature.
Here’s the list of the "10 Most Challenged Books of 2007" in descending order:
"And Tango Makes Three," by Justin Richardson and Peter Parnell"The Chocolate War," by Robert Cormier"Olive’s Ocean," by Kevin Henkes"The Golden Compass," by Philip Pullman"The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn," by Mark Twain"The Color Purple," by Alice Walker"TTYL," by Lauren Myracle"I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings," by Maya Angelou"It’s Perfectly Normal," by Robie Harris"The Perks of Being a Wallflower," by Stephen Chbosky.
And Lindale, Tex., banned "To Kill a Mockingbird" from a school reading list in 1996 because it "conflicted with the values of the community" — leading one to wonder just what Lindale’s values are, and why anyone would want to live there. If they banned this book then there would be no movie and I wouldn't cry at the end like I always do!
To celebrate the week, the American Library Association -- not to mention publishers, booksellers, and me -- encourage you to pick up a banned book -- and enjoy!