It's Banned Books Week, when libraries, bookstores, and booklovers celebrate the freedom to read. But, every year, there are books that are challenged by a formal complaint filed with a library or school, requesting that materials be removed "because of content or appropriateness." According to The ALA Office for Intellectual Freedom, these books were the "10 Most Challenged Books of 2007."
1) And Tango Makes Three by Justin Richardson/Peter Parnell
Reasons: Anti-Ethnic, Sexism, Homosexuality, Anti-Family, Religious Viewpoint,
Unsuited to Age Group
2) The Chocolate War by Robert Cormier
Reasons: Sexually Explicit, Offensive Language, Violence
3) Olive's Ocean by Kevin Henkes
Reasons: Sexually Explicit and Offensive Language
4) The Golden Compass by Philip Pullman
Reasons: Religious Viewpoint
5) The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn by Mark Twain
6) The Color Purple by Alice Walker
Reasons: Homosexuality, Sexually Explicit, Offensive Language
7) TTYL by Lauren Myracle
Reasons: Sexually Explicit, Offensive Language, Unsuited to Age Group
8) I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings by Maya Angelou
Reasons: Sexually Explicit
9) It's Perfectly Normal by Robie Harris
Reasons: Sex Education, Sexually Explicit
10) The Perks of Being A Wallflower by Stephen Chbosky
Reasons: Homosexuality, Sexually Explicit, Offensive Language, Unsuited to Age Group.
So, have you read a banned book this year? Challenge yourself!