Monday, September 15, 2008

Banned Books



I've spent entirely too much time trying to find what books Sarah Palin wanted banned from the Wasilla library. Although lists have circulated, there's no evidence that she wanted those specific books removed. Rather, I would guess that whatever books she wanted banned were ones that were frequently challenged by others.

For instance, the American Library Association's 10 Most Challenged Books of 2007 were:

1. “And Tango Makes Three,” by Justin Richardson/Peter Parnell
Reasons: Anti-Ethnic, Sexism, Homosexuality, Anti-Family, Religious Viewpoint, Unsuited to Age Group

2. “The Chocolate War,” by Robert Cormier
Reasons: Sexually Explicit, Offensive Language, Violence

3. “Olive’s Ocean,” by Kevin Henkes
Reasons: Sexually Explicit, Offensive Language

4. “The Golden Compass,” by Philip Pullman
Reason: Religious Viewpoint

5. “The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn,” by Mark Twain
Reason: Racism

6. “The Color Purple,” by Alice Walker
Reasons: Homosexuality, Sexually Explicit, Offensive Language

7. “TTYL,” by Lauren Myracle
Reasons: Sexually Explicit, Offensive Language, Unsuited to Age Group

8. “I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings,” by Maya Angelou
Reason: Sexually Explicit

9. “It’s Perfectly Normal,” by Robie Harris
Reasons: Sex Education, Sexually Explicit

10. “The Perks of Being A Wallflower,” by Stephen Chbosky
Reasons: Homosexuality, Sexually Explicit, Offensive Language, Unsuited to Age Group

Banned Books Week runs from September 27 to October 4.

Check out Banned and/or Challenged Books from the Radcliffe Publishing Course Top 100 Novels of the 20th Century. How many have you read?

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