Friday, October 05, 2012

READ America


If you haven't guessed by now, I'm against banning books. I grew up reading many of those books that are now banned in our school and local libraries. I loved the opportunity to read something new and then have the opportunity to DISCUSS what it meant with others. It gave me the opportunity to LEARN new ideas and concepts and to DISCOVER that not everyone was going to have my point of view. It allowed me to develop a sense of TOLERANCE for others, but allowed me the OPPORTUNITY to find out why.

Frequently challenged titles for children:
1. Harry Potter (series), by J.K. Rowling
2. And Tango Makes Three, by Justin Richardson/Peter Parnell
3. Scary Stories (series), by Alvin Schwartz
4. Captain Underpants (series), by Dav Pilkey
5. In the Night Kitchen, by Maurice Sendak
6. Bridge To Terabithia, by Katherine Paterson
7. The Stupids (series), by Harry Allard
8. Anastasia (series), by Lois Lowry
9. Junie B. Jones (series), by Barbara Park
10. Goosebumps (series), by R.L. Stine

Frequently challenged titles for teens:
1. The Chocolate War, by Robert Cormier
2. The Perks of Being a Wallflower, by Stephen Chbosky
3. Forever, by Judy Blume
4. Catcher in the Rye, by J.D. Salinger
5. Speak, by Laurie Halse Anderson
6. Whale Talk, by Chris Crutcher
7. The Hunger Games (series), by Suzanne Collins
8. Crank, by Ellen Hopkins
9. Twilight (series), by Stephenie Meyer
10. The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian, by Sherman Alexie

You can check out a break down of challenged books here: http://www.ala.org/advocacy/banned/frequentlychallenged/21stcenturychallenged

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