Brewtown Politico

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9.26.2005

Libraries: protectors of democracy

It's Banned Books Week again. This year the American Library Association has compiled a list of the ten most challenged books of 2004:

"The Chocolate War" for sexual content, offensive language, religious viewpoint, being unsuited to age group and violence

"Fallen Angels" by Walter Dean Myers, for racism, offensive language and violence

"Arming America: The Origins of a National Gun Culture" by Michael A. Bellesiles, for inaccuracy and political viewpoint

Captain Underpants series by Dav Pilkey, for offensive language and modeling bad behavior

"The Perks of Being a Wallflower" by Stephen Chbosky, for homosexuality, sexual content and offensive language

"What My Mother Doesn't Know" by Sonya Sones, for sexual content and offensive language

"In the Night Kitchen" by Maurice Sendak, for nudity and offensive language

"King & King" by Linda de Haan and Stern Nijland, for homosexuality

"I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings" by Maya Angelou, for racism, homosexuality, sexual content, offensive language and unsuited to age group

"Of Mice and Men" by John Steinbeck, for racism, offensive language and violence

Also, be sure to check out the list of the 100 most challenged books from 1990-2000 as compiled by the ALA's Office for Intellectual Freedom.

1 Comments:

At 9/29/2005 09:39:00 AM, Blogger shana said...

Okay, I'm curious now about "In the Night Kitchen" by Maurice Sendack. This is the same person who wrote Little Bear that my children watched when we still had cable. I'm very curious exactly what they mean when they're talking about nudity in this book.

I thought book banning ended a while ago anyway??

 

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