Celebrate Your Freedom To Read–Banned Books Week September 23–30 September 22, 2006Posted by sharynheili in Uncategorized.
It’s that time of year–time to reflect on intellectual freedom–the freedom to read–the freedom to challenge and open our minds to all sorts of possibilities. Libraries protect intellectual freedom and are open and available to all regardless of race, creed, political affiliations, or economic status–free to gaze, to ponder and to marvel, to pursue and to dream, to reach the stars. And librarians, like me, are proud to say, I am a librarian. I defend and celebrate intellectual freedom. I help libraries make a difference in people’s lives. A list follows of the ten most challenged books in 2005 according to the American Library Association.
The 10 Most Challenged Books of 2005 are:
- “It’s Perfectly Normal” for homosexuality, nudity, sex education, religious viewpoint, abortion and being unsuited to age group;
- “Forever” by Judy Blume for sexual content and offensive language;
- “The Catcher in the Rye” by J.D. Salinger for sexual content, offensive language and being unsuited to age group;
- “The Chocolate War” by Robert Cormier for sexual content and offensive language;
- “Whale Talk” by Chris Crutcher for racism and offensive language;
- “Detour for Emmy” by Marilyn Reynolds for sexual content;
- “What My Mother Doesn’t Know” by Sonya Sones for sexual content and being unsuited to age group;
- Captain Underpants series by Dav Pilkey for anti-family content, being unsuited to age group and violence;
- “Crazy Lady!” by Jane Leslie Conly for offensive language; and
- “It’s So Amazing! A Book about Eggs, Sperm, Birth, Babies, and Families” by Robie H. Harris for sex education and sexual content.
Celebrate! Read a banned book!