ALA's Banned Book Week 2013


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Some people do not want children and youth reading books -- at least not books that they object to. Librarians support the rights of patrons to choose books -- librarians don't ban books. The American Library Association (ALA) are the experts on who is trying to ban a given book.

ALA celebrates banned book week each year -- librarians suggest we should all read a banned book. This slideshow explains why.

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ALA's Banned Book Week 2013

  1. 1. Banned Book Week 2013 ©2013 William P. Breitsprecher & BreitLinks. All Rights Reserved
  2. 2. Not Just Adult Books • Children’s books get banned • Librarians support freedom • Right to choose books • If you see a banned book: – Don’t panic – Check the book out – Read it thoroughly – Tell friends and family you read a banned book!
  3. 3. Captain Underpants • By Dav Pilkey • Most banned book in 2012 • Challenged for "offensive language" and "unsuited to age group."
  4. 4. Winnie-the-Pooh • By A. A. Milne • Some consider talking animals an “insult to god.” • This book banned in parts of the United States • Some claim stories revolve around Nazism (?!?!?!?!?!?!)
  5. 5. Diary of Anne Franks • Some consider too depressing • Mature content • 50th Anniversary “Definitive Edition” banned by a Virginia school
  6. 6. Charlotte’s Web • By E. B. White • Talking animals • Insult to God?
  7. 7. Alice in Wonderland • By Lewis Carroll • Some claim implies mature fantasies • Book does not actually say anything like that • 1960’s Jefferson Airplane song “White Rabbit” (NOTE: it’s actually an anti-drug abuse song)
  8. 8. Where the Wild Thing Are • By Maurice Sendak • When published (1963), banned in most southern states • Still challenged today • Some claim it promotes “witchcraft and supernatural events”
  9. 9. The Lorax • By Dr. Seuss • Claim it “criminalized the foresting industry” • Afraid readers will be anti-logging
  10. 10. Green Eggs & Ham • By Dr. Seuss • Some falsely claim improper relationship • China banned for “early Marxism” from 1965 until Dr. Seuss’ death in 1991
  11. 11. Wonderful Wizard of Oz • By L. Frank Baum • Chicago Public Libraries banned for “ungodly” influence “for depicting women in strong leadership roles” (1928) • Detroit Public Library banned for having “no value for children of today” (1957)
  12. 12. What do YOU think? • Don’t get cornered – control dialog • It’s not about why someone might ban a book • It’s about why a book is a good choice based on merits of book • It’s not about censorship • It’s about selection • Emphasis good points of an author’s work