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.


  1. I just posted something special for Banned Books Week. It was the single most difficult post I have ever done.
    I'm looking forward to reading your review of Looking for Alaska, I've heard mixed reviews.

  2. ah Velvet I can't wait to see your thoughts! I'll make sure to link back to it in my links when its posted!

  3. I've been wanting to read this. So many people rave about it. Looking forward to hearing your thoughts.
    (and yay! I inspired someone! =D)

  4. Eee! I inspired! Thank you! *blushes* I'm interested in hearing your review for "Looking for Alaska." I haven't read it myself, but I do get a lot of teens who read it for school.

  5. Hmm...at first I was thinking that that's a good idea to send permission slips home, like when watching certain movies in class. But then I was thinking, what if that set a precedent and suddenly, say, bigoted parents don't let their kids read books like Native Son and the Invisible Man at school?


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