Tuesday, September 30, 2008

Banned wagon

This week is ALA's 27th annual Banned Books Week, "celebrating the freedom to read." According to ALA, the ten books most challenged as inappropriate for school and library collections in 2007 were:
1) And Tango Makes Three by Justin Richardson and Peter Parnell
2) The Chocolate War by Robert Cormier
3) Olive's Ocean by Kevin Henkes
4) The Golden Compass by Phillip Pullman
5) The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn by Mark Twain
6) The Color Purple by Alice Walker
7) TTYL by Lauren Myracle
8) I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings by Maya Angelou
9) It's Perfectly Normal by Robie Harris
10) The Perks of Being a Wallflower by Stephen Chbosky

You can find all of these books at Curious George, alongside other oft-challenged titles like Bridge to Terabithia, Forever, and Heather Has Two Mommies.

Take a peek at what our fellow bloggers are doing to observe Banned Books Week: Books on the Nightstand has a great podcast about both banned books and kids' books, while the Haphazard Gourmet has a whole series of posts on banned book recipes (with a bonus Sarah Palin cupcake).

Any predictions as to what the most challenged books of 2008 will be? Several of this year's most challenged are no strangers to the Banned Book list (The Chocolate War has been on the list nine of the last ten years). Do you expect any up-and-coming controversial books (cough cough Higher Power of Lucky cough) to roust one of these books from the list?

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