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“Elect to Read a Banned Book”

Posted by grizzlymedia on September 3, 2008

The Creekview High School Library, in cooperation with the American Library Association (ALA), is celebrating Banned Books Week, September 27-October 4, 2008. The Office of Intellectual Freedom (OIF) of The ALA has recorded more than 7,800 book challenges since 1990. A challenge is a formal, written complaint asking that a book be removed from school curriculum or library shelves. About seventy-five percent of these challenges involve schools and school libraries; the remaining twenty-five percent involve public libraries. The OIF estimates that only about one-fourth of the book challenges are actually reported. In support of the right to choose books freely for ourselves, the Creekview Library and the ALA are sponsoring this year’s Banned Books Week, with this year’s theme “Elect to Read a Banned Book.” Here is a list of the most challenged authors of 2007, according to ALA:
1. Robert Cormier
2. Peter Parnell and Justin Richardson
3. Mark Twain
4. Toni Morrison
5. Philip Pullman
6. Kevin Henkes
7. Lois Lowry
8. Chris Crutcher
9. Lauren Myracle
10. Joann Sfar
And here are the most challenged books of 2007:
1.“And Tango Makes Three,” by Justin Richardson/Peter Parnell
2. The Chocolate War,” by Robert Cormier
3. “Olive’s Ocean,” by Kevin Henkes
4. “The Golden Compass,” by Philip 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 check out the ALA website for more information and check out the Creekview High School library for a list of our banned books.

One Response to ““Elect to Read a Banned Book””

  1. Thanks for this. I had not heard of this until now and will give it a big write-up at my site when the event arrives …

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