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Let’s Play the Banned Books Week Matching Game!

Every year hundreds of challenges are made to books  in libraries, schools and bookstores by individuals or groups for a variety of reasons. Banned Books Week is an opportunity for us to celebrate the freedom to read and to draw attention to the problems of censorship. Banned Book Week 2012 will be held from September 30 through October 6.

See if you can match up the book to the challenge – answers below:








Reasons for Challenge

A. “Promotes the Wicca religion.”

B. Contains the phrase “poo poo head.”

C. “I don’t believe any student should be subject to anything that has to do with evil gods or black magic.”

D.  “It’s completely too graphic.”

E. “Is based on one of those subjects that is best left to be discovered by students at another time or place.”

F. “Trying to indoctrinate our children.”

And the answers are:

1 and C: A parent challenged The Egypt Game by Zilpha Keatley Snyder as part of a reading list in a fourth grade class at Southern Hills Elementary School in Wichita Falls, Texas in 2009.

2 and E: And Tango Makes Three by Justin Richardson and Peter Parnell was challenged by a parent of a second grader at an elementary school in Dublin, Ohio in 2008.

3 and D: In 2011, a parent in the Oak Harbor, Washington school district challenged What’s the Big Secret?: Talking About Sex with Girls and Boys by Laurie Krasny Brown and Marc Brown.

4 and B: The Adventures of Super Diaper Baby by Dav Pilkey was banned from the Channelview, Texas Independent School District in 2011

5 and F: In 2008, the Parents’ Rights Coalition in Massachusetts tried to rid state schools of books, including King and King by Linda de Haan and Stern Nijland, that advanced the “homosexual agenda” in public schools.

6 and A: A parent pleaded with the school board of Gwinnett County, Georgia to take the Harry Potter series by J. K. Rowling out of the school libraries in 2008.

There are many more books that have been challenged – celebrate the freedom to read by checking one out of the library!

–  Hayley

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