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  • Include explanation of challenging
  • Talk about folklore
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    • 1. Banned Books and Censorship
      Who, what, when, where, and why?
      By Jenna Bell
    • 2. Who promotes censorship?
      • Government Agencies
      • 3. Some parents
      • 4. Individuals who disagree with the content of a book
    • Who promotes censorship?
      Dominant cultures often use censorship to suppress minority voices!
      • Religious reasoning
      • 5. The Bible and Qur’an have been banned in certain cities throughout history by dominant religions
      • 6. Political reasoning
      • 7. Governments may ban books in order to prevent people from developing ideas that are different from those of the government
    • Who opposes censorship?
      • National Coalition Against Censorship (NCAC)
      • 8. American Library Association (ALA)
      • 9. National Education Association (NEA)
      • 10. American Booksellers Foundation for Free Expression (ABFFE)
      • 11. Individuals who disagree with censorship
    • Who does this affect?
    • What is book banning?
      Prohibiting the use or sale of a book, especially by legal means
      Before a book can be banned, it must be challenged
      A challenge is an attempt to restrict or remove materials based on the objections of a person or a group
    • 16. What are some examples?
    • 17. Let’s take a closer look at:
      Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark
      A series including:
      • Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark
      • 18. More Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark
      • 19. Scary Stories 3: More Tales to Chill Your Bones
      Written by Alvin Schwartz
      Illustrated by Stephen Gammell
    • 20.
    • 21. “The Little Black Dog”
      From: More Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark
      By Alvin Schwartz
      Illustrations by Stephen Gammell
    • 22.
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    • 27. Factors for challenging:
      Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark
    • When have books been challenged or banned?
      • Dates back to Aristotle
      • 32. Prior to the invention of the printing press in the 1500’s, book burning was common because it destroyed what was commonly the only copy of a book
      • 33. In the 1500’s, the “Index of Forbidden Books” was created and was finally abolished by the Vatican in 1966
      • 34. More contemporary acts of challenging include removing literature from schools and supplementary reading lists for children and teens
    • Where are books challenged or banned?
      Sometimes books are banned from entire countries!
      They can also be banned in smaller areas, such as schools
    • 35. Why are books challenged or banned?
      Four main reasons:
    • My opinion:
      Everyone must make a conscious decision to read a book. Those who do not agree with the subject matter should simply choose not to read it.
      Parents should have the responsibility of censoring what their children read. This should not affect what any one else reads.
      As an alternative to banning books, a rating system should be put in place similar to that of movies and video games. This would help parents and readers select appropriate books.
    • 39. Sources:
      American Library Association (2010). About banned and challenged books. Retrieved May 3, 2010 from edbooks/index.cfm
      Art and Popular Culture (2010). Censorship. Retrieved May 3, 2010 from
      Conger, C (2010). How does book banning work? Retrieved May 8, 2010 from history/book-banning.htm
      Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark (2010). In Wikipedia: The free encyclopedia. Retrieved May 7, 2010 from
    • 40. The End