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