Tuesday, September 24, 2013

[News and Notes] More Banned Books in the News

Why celebrate Banned Books Week? We've found more stories demonstrating the ongoing battle of what is acceptable reading for today's youth. 

The National Coalition Against Censorship's blog (Blogging Censorship) details how public speaking engagements for two Young Adult fiction authors were cancelled.

Meg Medina and Rainbow Rowell were uninvited to scheduled talks because of profanity found in their novels. They are the authors of Yaqui Delgado Wants to Kick Your Ass and Eleanor & Park, respectively.  Read more here

Banned Books Week.org listed the Top Ten Most Challenged Titles of 2012 (Source)

1. Captain Underpants (series), by Dav Pilkey
Reasons: Offensive language, unsuited for age group

2. The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian, by Sherman Alexie
Reasons: Offensive language, racism, sexually explicit, unsuited for age group

3. Thirteen Reasons Why, by Jay Asher
Reasons: Drugs/alcohol/smoking, sexually explicit, suicide, unsuited for age group

4. Fifty Shades of Grey, by E. L. James.
Reasons: Offensive language, sexually explicit

5. And Tango Makes Three, by Peter Parnell and Justin Richardson.
Reasons: Homosexuality, unsuited for age group

6. The Kite Runner, by Khaled Hosseini.
Reasons: Homosexuality, offensive language, religious viewpoint, sexually explicit

7. Looking for Alaska, by John Green.
Reasons: Offensive language, sexually explicit, unsuited for age group

8. Scary Stories (series), by Alvin Schwartz
Reasons: Unsuited for age group, violence

9. The Glass Castle, by Jeanette Walls
Reasons: Offensive language, sexually explicit

10. Beloved, by Toni Morrison
Reasons: Sexually explicit, religious viewpoint, violence

Take a look at Banned Books Week Heroes, individuals who successfully fought for the freedom to read. 

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