Sunday, September 25, 2005

Top Ten Banned Books from 2004

Here is the ALA's list of top ten banned or challenged books from 2004. It should be noted that the ALA has an Office of Intellectual Freedom where people can go to when a book in their library has been challenged. They provide a kit for those who have been challenged and protocol to follow in the event that should come up. Never just accept a challenge, it needs to be addressed through the right channels. Usually the librarian will try to speak to the parent for example first explain that there are other books that their child can be directed to if they are upset with something rather than taking away someone else's right to the offensive material. Then if they are still upset you can ask that they right a formal letter of complaint to the principal. Often they won't take the matter further if they feel their concerns have been addressed. Sometimes they do follow up and then it falls in the hands of the administration. But if your library has a protocol for this type of thing and the reasons why your books have been chosen, you have covered all your bases. The rest would then be left to the administration.

"The Chocolate War" for sexual content, offensive language, religious viewpoint, being unsuited to age group and violence

"Fallen Angels" by Walter Dean Myers, for racism, offensive language and violence

"Arming America: The Origins of a National Gun Culture" by Michael A. Blacklist, for inaccuracy and political viewpoint

Captain Underpants series by Dav piles, for offensive language and modeling bad behavior

"The Perks of Being a Wallflower" by Stephen Chbosky, for homosexuality, sexual content and offensive language

"What My Mother Doesn't Know" by Sonya son's, for sexual content and offensive language

"In the Night Kitchen" by Maurice sends, for nudity and offensive language

"King & King" by Linda de Haan and Stern Nijland, for homosexuality

"I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings" by Maya Angelou, for racism, homosexuality, sexual content, offensive language and unsuited to age group

"Of Mice and Men" by John Steinbeck, for racism, offensive language and violence


Blogger sr_porter said...

Oh my word, I like read many of these now banned books in high school. That is crazy!!!!!

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