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Tuesday, September 28, 2010

Banned Books Week

Right now I am a little overwhelmed with lots of stuff, so I really don't have the time right now to do this. But this is something that I feel extremely passionate about, so I thought I would just do a quick little post.

Censoring and banning books is just plain wrong - Don't do it. If you object to a book or don't want your children to read it -- that is your prerogative. Don't force your ideals on someone else.  Also from a jaded point of view -- it just hurts your cause, because as soon as you even mention censoring or banning -- the book sales are going to jump. History has proven it.

My Favorite Banned/Challenged Books

The Giant: or Waiting for the Thursday Boat
by Robert Munsch

Picture Book

Description: Upset with St. Patrick for chasing the other giants out of Ireland, McKeon throws church bells into the sea, until St. Patrick tells him God will come on the Thursday boat.
More Info: http://umanitoba.ca/cm/cmarchive/vol18no3/giantproblem.html

The Butter Battle Book
by Dr Seuss
Picture Book

Description: Dr. Seuss chronicles the feud between the Yooks and the Zooks from slingshots through sophisticated weaponry, until each side has the capacity to destroy the world.




To Kill a Mockingbird
 by Harper Lee

Description:  "Shoot all the bluejays you want, if you can hit 'em, but remember it's a sin to kill a mockingbird."
A lawyer's advice to his children as he defends the real mockingbird of Harper Lee's classic novel-a black man charged with the rape of a white girl. Through the young eyes of Scout and Jem Finch, Harper Lee explores with rich humor and unswerving honesty the irrationality of adult attitudes toward race and class in the Deep South of the 1930s. The conscience of a town steeped in prejudice, violence, and hypocrisy is pricked by the stamina and quiet heroism of one man's struggle for justice-but the weight of history will only tolerate so much.

List of 20 of the Most Frequently Challenged Books of 1990-2000 (From Chick With Books) (I've highlighted the ones I have read)

Harry Potter series by J.K. Rowling
I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings by Maya Angelou
The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn by Mark Twain
The Handmaid's Tale by Margaret Atwood
To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee
James and the Giant Peach by Roald Dahl
Native Son by Richard Wright
Are You There, God? It's Me, Margaret by Judy Blume
The Bluest Eye by Toni Morrison
The Chocolate War by Robert Cormier
A Wrinkle in Time by Madeleine L'Engle
The Pigman by Paul Zindel
Brave New World by Aldous Huxley
The Dead Zone by Stephen King

A Light in the Attiby Shel Silverstein
Flowers for Algernon by Daniel Keyes
Where's Waldo? by Martin Hanford
Summer of My German Soldier by Bette Greene
Pillars of the Earth by Ken Follett
Lord of the Flies by William Golding




Banned Book  Misc.

Stacey's Books is having a Quiz: http://stacybuckeye.wordpress.com/2010/09/28/banned-book-quiz-2/
ALA: http://www.ala.org/ala/issuesadvocacy/banned/bannedbooksweek/index.cfm
The Power of Speaking Loudly: http://madwomanintheforest.com/the-power-of-speaking-loudly/

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