Monday, September 27, 2010

Banned Books Week 2010

Banned Books week 2010 is September 25th through October 2nd; "Banned Books Week - Celebrating the Freedom to Read is observed during the last week of September each year. Observed since 1982, the annual event reminds Americans not to take this precious democratic freedom for granted" (ALA, Press Kit). Students enjoy discussing banned and challenged books, as well as different forms of censorship. One of the more difficult concepts to grasp is while a book may banned or challenged by one group or school district, it does not mean it is banned for everyone.

The fall release of Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows re-opens continuing discussion of the series place on the most frequently challenged lists. Sherman Alexie's The Absolutely True Diary of a Part Time Indian was recently challenged and removed from a school district in Stockton, Missouri. When perusing the Banned and Challenged Classics list, I am continually surprised by the number of titles I recognize because they are classics and because they were required reading for English classes in high school.

ALA Links

Articles of Interest: Banned Books Week:

I found this video on OIF YouTube Channel, it's an interesting look at the Top Ten Banned and Challenged Books of 2009.

And last year's Puppet Book Banners video from ALA's YouTube Channel.

Time to go find a great book to read, it's my choice.

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