Tuesday, September 29, 2009

Banned Books Week

Banned Books Week

September 26−October 3, 2009

Inspired by Misty's post on Perks of Being A Wallflower

Inspired by L.H.'s daily posts on BBW

I'm putting the zombie and vampire books aside this week to read a Challenged book in honor of Banned Books Week.

Excerpt (find out more here):

What's the difference between a challenge and a banning?

A challenge is an attempt to remove or restrict materials, based upon the objections of a person or group. A banning is the removal of those materials. Challenges do not simply involve a person expressing a point of view; rather, they are an attempt to remove material from the curriculum or library, thereby restricting the access of others. Due to the commitment of librarians, teachers, parents, students and other concerned citizens, most challenges are unsuccessful and most materials are retained in the school curriculum or library collection.

From the Books Challenged and/or Banned 2008-2009 list, I'll be reading and then giving away:

Looking for Alaska
by John Green

Challenged, but retained for the eleventh-grade Regents English classes in Depew, N.Y. (2008) despite concerns about graphic language and sexual content. The school sent parents a letter requesting permission to use the Michael L. Printz Award for Excellence in Young Adult Literature novel and only three students were denied permission to read the book. Source: May 2008, p. 117.

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