Banned Book Week

September 25 through October 2, 2010 is Banned Book Week.

For those of you who have never been in on a discussion about book banning and censorship, banning does not mean telling your 7 year-old that she is too young for Twilight.  That’s parenting.

Banning is trying to limit access to a book at a school or library.  It happens every day in every state.  Don’t believe me?  Check out this map for some examples of banning which may hit very close to home.  I even found a case in my home town.  ::sniff::

Last week a huge stink was raised about attempts to ban Speak — I’ll post more on this tomorrow.  Yep.  Last week.

Personally, I wonder about the wisdom of adults who don’t want children exposed to X, Y or Z and then raise a big stink about it.  Why?  Because when I was a tween or teen, this would have sent me running to find a copy of the book.  Come on.  Admit it.  How many of you read Wifey after someone’s mom forbade it?  I’m sure my friend’s mother wondered where her copy had been after the entire 8th grade got done with it.

Why not join me in observing Banned Book week by reading one of the top ten most challenged books of 2009?  There’s quite a list to choose from.  The books in red I’ve already read.

ttyl; ttfn; l8r, g8r (series) by Lauren Myracle for drugs, nudity, offensive language, sexually explicit, unsuited to age group

And Tango Makes Three, by Peter Parnell and Justin Richardson for homosexuality.

The Perks of Being A Wallflower, by Stephen Chbosky for anti-family, drugs, homosexuality, offensive language, religious viewpoint, sexually explicit, suicide, unsuited to age group

To Kill A Mockingbird, by Harper Lee  for offensive language, racism, unsuited to age group

Twilight (series) by Stephenie Meyer for religious viewpoint, sexually explicit, unsuited to age group.

Catcher in the Rye, by J.D. Salinger for offensive language, sexually explicit, unsuited to age group.

My Sister’s Keeper, by Jodi Picoult for homosexuality, offensive language, religious viewpoint, sexism, sexually explicit, unsuited to age group, violence

The Earth, My Butt, and Other Big, Round Things, by Carolyn Mackler for offensive language, sexually explicit, unsuited to age group

The Color Purple, by Alice Walker for offensive language, sexually explicit, unsuited to age group

The Chocolate War, by Robert Cormier for nudity, offensive language, sexually explicit, unsuited to age group

I clearly read banned books.  Do you?

–SueBE

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