This week the State of America’s Libraries Report for 2012 was released. Well what the hell is that you ask? It’s pretty much a really long document explaining the effects of literacy in the school systems, what can be done about the literacy problem as well as banned books which leads me to this list. These books were challenged based on the content however thanks to a lot of librarians, teachers, and booksellers they prevented it from happening. I’ve included the reasons why parents, etc wanted each one banned.
- ttyl; ttfn; 18y, g8r written by Lauren Myracle. It’s said to have offensive language, religious viewpoints, sexually explicit and is unsuited for the age group it was intended for.
- The Color of Earth written by Kim Dong Hwa. It has nudity, sex education, sexually explicit and is unsuited to age group assigned to.
- The Hunger Games written by Suzanne Collins said to have anti-ethnic, anti-family, insensitive subjects, offensive language, occult/satanic behavior and violent.
- My Mom’s Having A Baby! A Kid’s Month-to-Month Guide To Pregnancy written by Dori Hillestad Butler has nudity, sex education, sexually explicit content and u nsuited for age group.
- The Absolutely True Diary of a Part Time Indian written by Sherman Alexie and it has offensive language, racism, religious viewpoints, sexually explicit content and unsuited to age group intended for.
- Alice written by Phyllis Reynolds Naylor and it has nudity, offensive language with religious viewpoints.
- Brave New World written by Aldous Huxley has insensitive topics, nudity, racism, religious viewpoints and sexually explicit situations.
- What My Mother Doesn’t Know written by Sonya Sones has nudity, offensive language and sexually explicit content.
- Gossip Girl(now I do agree with this one) written by Cecily Von Ziegesar has drugs, offensive language and racism.
- To Kill a Mockingbird written by Harper Lee and it has offensive language and racism.
Now Banned Books Week (yes there is such a thing) is hosted by ALA to celebrate the freedom to read and the First Amendment. It is usually held on the last week of September. This year will be the first year BBW will go virtual as well.
Peace and luv!
- Celebrate National Library Week 2012 (landbar.wordpress.com)