What do You Think?

October 1, 2009 at 6:15 am (Book World) (, , )

Here’s ten reasons given for banning books from the ALA (scroll to the end of the page.)

1. “Encourages children to break dishes so they won’t have to dry them.” (A Light in the Attic, by Shel Silverstien)
2. “It caused a wave of rapes.” (Arabian Nights, or Thousand and One Nights, anonymous)
3. “If there is a possibility that something might be controversial, then why not eliminate it?” (Bury My Heart at Wounded Knee, by Dee Brown)
4. “Tarzan was ‘living in sin’ with Jane.” (Tarzan, by Edgar Rice Burroughs)
5. “It is a real ‘downer.’” (Diary of Anne Frank, by Anne Frank)
6. “The basket carried by Little Red Riding Hood contained a bottle of wine, which condones the use of alcohol.” (Little Red Riding Hood, by Jacob Grimm and Wilhelm K. Grimm)
7. “One bunny is white and the other is black and this ‘brainwashes’ readers into accepting miscegenation.” (The Rabbit’s Wedding, by Garth Williams)
8. “It is a religious book and public funds should not be used to purchase religious books.” (Evangelical Commentary on the Bible, by Walter A. Elwell, ed.)
9. “A female dog is called a bitch.” (My Friend Flicka, by Mary O’Hara)
10. “An unofficial version of the story of Noah’s Ark will confuse children.” (Many Waters, by Madeleine C. L’Engle)

See why awareness is required?  Stand up to book banning.

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My Favorite Banned Books – The Children’s List

September 30, 2009 at 6:13 am (Book World) (, , , )

  1. Bridge to Terabithia, by Katherine Paterson
  2. The Giver, by Lois Lowry
  3. Goosebumps (Series), by R.L. Stine
  4. A Wrinkle in Time, by Madeleine L’Engle
  5. Go Ask Alice, by Anonymous
  6. Blubber, by Judy Blume
  7. What’s Happening to my Body? Book for Girls: A Growing-Up Guide for Parents & Daughters, by Lynda Madaras
    Note:  I haven’t read this one, but really?  Isn’t the point of this book rather self evident?
  8. The Outsiders, by S.E. Hinton
  9. James and the Giant Peach, by Roald Dahl
  10. Are You There, God? It’s Me, Margaret, by Judy Blume

For the record, it was incredibly difficult to only pick the handful here. Short of copying the whole list and cutting what I hadn’t read, I didn’t know how to pick my favorites.  So I arbitrarily selected titles.

I encourage you to check out the full list:  Frequently Challenge by Decade: 1990 to 1999

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My Favorite Banned Books – The Classics List

September 29, 2009 at 6:09 am (Book World) (, , )

  1. The Great Gatsby, F. Scott Fitzgerald
  2. To Kill a Mockingbird, Harper Lee
  3. The Lord of the Flies, William Golding
  4. 1984, George Orwell
  5. Brave New World, Aldous Huxley
  6. The Lord of the Rings, JRR Tolkien\

Surprised?  Try these this starting point for information or Banned and/or Challenged Books from the Radcliffe Publishing Course Top 100 Novels of the 20th Century

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To Do at the Library

August 22, 2009 at 8:57 am (To Do) (, )

  1. Remind boys not to run or shout in the library
  2. Send boys to children’s section
  3. Grab books from reserve shelf
  4. Rescue boys from librarian who is also reminding them not to run or shout in the library
  5. Leave library while it’s still intact

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