Thursday, June 3, 2010

Most Challenged Books: 1990- 2009

 2010 Banned Books Week
September 25- October 2


Some of these surprised me the most:

3. I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings, by Maya Angelou
5. The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn, by Mark Twain
8. Bridge to Terabithia, by Katherine Paterson

Sex, by Madonna is even lower on the list (18) than these books. According to people that are "offended" by library books, Maya Angelou, Mark Twain, and Katherine Paterson are worse than Madonna. I don't get it. I know people have the right to challenge something, but loosen up!

The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn was first published in the US in 1885...... really, 1885! And it was still challenged between 1990 and 1999. That's over 100 years and it was STILL on the list.

It's ridiculous. Are any of your favorite books on the 90-99 list?

2000- 2009

13. Captain Underpants (series), by Dav Pilkey
 I can't believe Captain Underpants would be so offensive (insert poo joke).

Can we challenge the challenged books? Classic books are on these lists. Which is why, I suppose, they're classics. Catcher in the Rye, by J.D. Salinger (1951) is on both lists as a many others (To Kill a Mocking Bird; Of Mice and Men) changed they way people think and challenges us all to look inside ourselves.

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