Book Banning with special emphasis on Suzanne Collins’Hunger Games Trilogy By Amberlyn Metcalf Warford
Why is Book Banning bad?“If there is a bedrock principle underlying the First Amendment, it is that the government may not prohibit the expression of an idea simply because society finds the idea itself offensive or disagreeable.”– Supreme Court Justice William J. Brennan, Jr in Texas vs Johnson
How does it happen?1. Someone reads, sees, or hears about a book and has a problem with it.2. That person “challenges” the book with their school, library, bookstore, etc.3. If the challenge is upheld, the book is then “banned” and pulled from the shelf to deny access for anyone else.
Why Does it Happen? American Library Association (2011)
Who Challenges the books?American Library Association (2011)
Where does it happen? American Library Association (2011)
Suzanne Collins Author of the best-selling dystopian series,The Hunger Games The Hunger Games Catching Fire Mockingjay One of the top 10controversial authorsparents protest http://mockingjay.net/wp-(Rogers, 2012) content/uploads/2012/03/Suzanne- Collins2.jpg?9d7bd4
Why Ban The Hunger Games?Parents have challenged the series since itwas published for the following reasons… Not Age Appropriate Anti-family Sexually Explicit Insensitive Violent Language Anti-ethnic Satanic/Occult
What Can We do? Participate in Banned Books Week Educate students, parents, and the public Stay informed Report censorship
Banned Books Week Banned Books Week is a week-long eventheld across America each September tocelebrate our freedom to read. Join in the celebration by reading booksfrom the challenged/banned list. Promote this special week around yourschool and your community.
Censorship Education: Students Teach your students about the meaning ofcensorship, and create projects andactivities that will make them appreciate thefreedom they have to read whatever theywant to. Encourage them to read books from thebanned list both in protest to censorship andin celebration of our freedoms.
Censorship Education: Parents & The Public The First Amendment guarantees us theright to express our views, but does not giveus the right to control or limit another person‟sability to read or access information. Parents have the right and responsibility toguide their own children‟s reading, but thatright doesn‟t extend to other people‟schildren. (Doyle, 2011)
Censorship Education “ When we speak up to protect the right to read, we not only defend our individual rightto free expression, we demonstrate toleranceand respect for opposing points of view. And when we take action to preserve our precious freedoms, we become participants in the ongoing evolution of our democratic society” (Doyle, 2011, p. 9).
Staying Informed Pay attention to the news! Be sure towatch for censorship and First Amendmentissues. Keep informed about what‟s going on inyour local schools and libraries.
Report It! If you experience censorship, be sure toreport it! The American Library Association (2012) estimates that there are four or five times more challenges each year than are reported. Report all censorship attempts to ALA‟sOffice for Informational Freedom
Discussion Questions As an educator, what harm, if any, do youbelieve is caused by banning books? Please explain how you celebrate BannedBooks Week in your classroom or ways youwould celebrate it if you did.
ReferencesAmerican Library Association. (2011). [Graph illustration of challenges by reason]. Number of challenges by year, reason, initiator, & institution (1990-2010). Retrieved from http://www.ala.org/advocacy/banned/frequently challenged/statsAmerican Library Association. (2011). [Graph illustration of challenges by initiator]. Number of challenges by year, reason, initiator, & institution (1990-2010). Retrieved from http://www.ala.org/advocacy/banned /frequentlychallenged/statsAmerican Library Association. (2011). [Graph illustration of challenges by institution]. Number of challenges by year, reason, initiator, & institution (1990-2010). Retrieved from http://www.ala.org/advocacy/banned/ frequentlychallenged/statsAmerican Library Association. (2012). Frequently challenged books of the 21st century. Retrieved from http://www.ala.org/advocacy/banned/ frequentlychallenged/21stcenturychallenged
ReferencesBrennan, W.J. Texas v. Johnson, 491 U.S. 397 (1989)Down with the Capitol. (2011). [Photograph of three books in Collins‟ series]. Retrieved from http://hungergamesdwtc.net/2012/01/the-hunger- games-trilogy-ranks-among-the-top-100-best-selling-books-of-2011/Doyle, R.P. (2011). Books challenged or banned in 2010-2011. American Library Association. Chicago, ILHuffington Post. (24 Sept 2011). INFOGRAPHIC: Top ten banned or challenged books of 2010. Retrieved from http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2011/09 /22/top-banned-books- 2010_n_976846.htmlItalie, H. (9 Apr 2012). „Hunger Games‟ again on the list of challenged books. Yahoo! News. Retrieved from http://news.yahoo.com/hunger-games- again-list-challenged-books-021011377.htmlRogers, A. (31 Jan 2012). Banned books: The 10 authors parents don‟t want their kids to read. Business Insider. Retrieved from http://www.business insider.com/banned-books-the-10-authors-parents-dont-want-their-kids- to-read-2012-1?op=1
ReferencesThe Week. (10 Apr 2012). Burning question: Should school libraries ban The Hunger Games? Retrieved from http://theweek.com/article/index/ 226616/should-school-libraries-ban-the-hunger-games[Untitled Collins photograph]. Retrieved from: http://mockingjay.net/wp- content/uploads/2012/03/Suzanne-Collins2.jpg?9d7bd4[Untitled illustration of three symbols]. Retrieved from http://wallpapersfor.me/ wp-content/uploads/2012/03/the-hunger-games-trilogy-1920x1200.jpg