Banned Books Week: Celebrating the Freedom to Read SEPTEMBER 24 – OCTOBER 1 2011 Banned Books Week (BBW) is an annual event celebrating the freedom to read and the importance of the First Amendment. Exercise your intellectual freedom through the power of literature.
First Amendment Bill of Rights of the United States ConstitutionCongress shall make no law respecting anestablishment of religion, or prohibiting thefree exercise thereof; or abridging thefreedom of speech, or of the press; or theright of the people peaceably to assemble,and to petition the government for a redressof grievances. The Bill of Rights to the Constitution was ratified on December 15, 1791
WHO CHALLENGES BOOKS?Throughout history individuals as well as groups ofall persuasions, have for all sorts of reasons,attempted - and continue to attempt - to suppressliterature and other forms of expression that conflictwith their own beliefs.“Books and ideas are the most effective weapons against intoleranceand ignorance.” ~ Lyndon B. Johnson
“Fear of corrupting the mind of the youngergeneration is the loftiest form of cowardice.” ~ Holbrook Jackson
Top ten most frequently challenged books of 20111. ttyl; ttfn; l8r, g8r (series), by Lauren MyracleReasons: offensive language; religious viewpoint; sexually explicit; unsuited to age group2. The Color of Earth (series), by Kim Dong HwaReasons: nudity; sex education; sexually explicit; unsuited to age group3. The Hunger Games trilogy, by Suzanne CollinsReasons: anti-ethnic; anti-family; insensitivity; offensive language; occult/satanic; violence4. My Moms Having A Baby! A Kids Month-by-Month Guide to Pregnancy, by Dori Hillestad ButlerReasons: nudity; sex education; sexually explicit; unsuited to age group5. The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian, by Sherman AlexieReasons: offensive language; racism; religious viewpoint; sexually explicit; unsuited to age group6. Alice (series), by Phyllis Reynolds NaylorReasons: nudity; offensive language; religious viewpoint7. Brave New World, by Aldous HuxleyReasons: insensitivity; nudity; racism; religious viewpoint; sexually explicit8. What My Mother Doesnt Know, by Sonya SonesReasons: nudity; offensive language; sexually explicit9. Gossip Girl (series), by Cecily Von ZiegesarReasons: drugs; offensive language; sexually explicit10. To Kill a Mockingbird, by Harper LeeReasons: offensive language; racismOut of 326 challenges as reported by the Office for Intellectual Freedom
Adventures of Huckleberry Finn by Mark Twain: The Pennsylvania NAACP called for theremoval of the book from required reading lists (1998) across the state because of raciallanguage.
Of Mice and Men by John Steinbeck : Banned from classroom use in Scottsboro, AL(1983) due to profanity. Removed and later returned to the Suwannee, FL HighSchool library (1991) because the book is “indecent.”
To Kill a Mockingbird by : Challenged in many communities forlanguage and racial themes. Banned from the Lincoln ,TX AP reading list(1996) because the book “conflicted with the values of the community.”
“The right to be heard does not automatically include the right to be taken seriously.”~ Hubert H. Humphrey
CHALLENGE VERSUS BANNING A banning is the actualremoval of those materials inthe curriculum or library,thereby restricting the accessof others. A challenge is an attempt to
Challenges go beyond theexercise of free speech. The arean attempt to remove materialsfrom the curriculum or library,therefore restricting the rights ofothers.