It’s that time of year again when we celebrate our freedom to read the books we want.
The stupidity and short-sightedness of people never ceases to amaze me. If you don’t want to read a particular book because it offends you, then just don’t read it. If you don’t want your kids to read a certain book, then don’t let them (it’s called parenting – try it sometime). If your child has read said book behind your back, then talk to them about it – I shouldn’t have to explain these things. But I do… and here’s why:
From the American Library Association’s Yearly List of Banned/or Challenged Books:
[note note_color=”#EBD2A1″]Banned as required reading for Sumner County, Tenn. schools (2012) because of “inappropriate language.” The book won the 2006 Printz award for excellence in young adult literature. *source: July 2012, pp. 158–59.[/note]
[note note_color=”#EBD2A1″]Challenged, but retained in the Republic, Mo. schools (2010) despite complaints that it is “soft-pornography,” “glorifies drinking, cursing, and premarital sex,” and “teaches principles contrary to the Bible.” *source: nov. 2010, pp. 243–44;sept. 2011,pp. 175–76.[/note]
Twenty Boy Summer by Sarah Ockler
[note note_color=”#EBD2A1″]Removed from Republic, Mo. High School (2011), but later returned and stored in a secure section of the library only accessible to parents. Teachers cannot require the book nor read it aloud in school. A Republic resident filed a complaint about the appropriateness of the book because it sensationalizes “sexual promiscuity, questionable language, drunkenness, lying to parents, and a lack of remorse by the characters.” *source: nov. 2010, pp. 243–44; s ept. 2011, p. 175; nov. 2011, p. 203[/note]
Fifty Shades of Grey by E.L. James
[note note_color=”#EBD2A1″]Pulled, but later returned to the Brevard County, Fla. public libraries’ (2012) shelves “in response to public demand.” The racy romance trilogy is particularly popular among middle-aged women. Despite overwhelming demand and long wait lists for library copies, some other libraries across the country are refusing to acquire the book. *source: July 2012, pp. 145, 147–48.[/note]
This one is kind of a “well, duh…”
*This bibliography represents books challenged, restricted, removed, or banned in 2012 and 2013 as reported in the Newsletter on Intellectual Freedom from May 2012 to May 2013.
I highly suggest you check out the list of challenged/banned books from each year, if only to read the arguments behind the challenges! You’ll be smacking your forehead on your desk a few times…
For even MORE information, check out the Banned Books Week website for all the up to date information on this week long event.
Giveaway time! I’m giving away your choice of one book above. If you’ve read all those books above, pick your favorite and give it to a friend to read or donate it. OR, for a little negotiating, you can pick another challenged/banned book (valued under $15 USD). I’m easy 😉
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And here’s the fun part: hitting up all the other blogs participating in this great giveaway! Have fun!
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