Friday, September 27, 2013
The naughty list: 28 books banned or restricted in schools last year
Do you agree or disagree with these choices?
September 22-28 is Banned Books Week. In their 17th annual Banned Book Report, the ACLU of Texas has compiled a list of books that were banned or otherwise challenged in select school libraries in the 2012-2013 school year, such as:
Paintings from the Cave by Gary Paulsen; Banned for profanity; sexual content or nudity; politically, racially, or socially offensive
Talking in the Dark: A Poetry Memoir by Billy Merrell; Banned for drugs or alcohol, mature content inappropriate for elementary
Fade: Book 2 of the Wake Trilogy by Lisa McMann; Banned for profanity, public speaking
Ransom My Heart by Princess of Genovia Mia Thermopolis (Meg Cabot); Banned for sexual content or nudity
World War Z by Max Brooks; Banned for profanity, violence or horror
Smile of a Dolphin, Edited by Marc Bekoff; Banned sexual content or nudity
Amy and Roger's Epic Detour by Morgan Matson; Banned for profanity, sexual content or nudity, violence or horror, offensive to religious sensitivities, drugs or alcohol
The Lottery by Shirley Jackson; Banned for violence or horror, offensive to religious sensitivities
Zombies vs. Unicorns by Holly Black; Banned for profanity, sexual content or nudity
The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins; Alternate book allowed, "offensive to religious sensitivities"
Indiana Jones and the Tomb of the Gods by Rob Williams; Use restricted for profanity, other objectionable material
Been to Yesterdays: Poems of a Life by Lee Hopkins; Use restricted for reasons of profanity; politically, racially, or socially offensive
The Lightning Thief by Rick Riordan; Alternate book allowed due to being offensive to religious sensitivities
Never Let Me Go by Kazuo Ishiguro; Alternate book allowed due to sexual content or nudity
The Bell Jar by Sylvia Plath; Alternate book allowed due to profanity; politically, racially, or socially offensive
Blubber by Judy Blume; Restricted due to profanity
Hide and Seek by Ida Vos; Restricted for sexual content or nudity
Of Mice and Men by John Steinbeck; Alternate book allowed (curriculum only); "Note: parent felt story/plot was depressing; student was provided with another book to read"
Speak by Laurie Halse Anderson; Alternative book allowed for reasons of profanity, sexual content or nudity
Liar, Liar by Gary Paulsen; Restricted for being politically, racially, or socially offensive
Deadtime Stories: Grave Secrets by Annette & Gina Cascone; Restricted for violence or horror
Big Momma Makes the World by Phyllis Root; Restricted due to being offensive to religious sensitivities
The Collector by John Fowles; Alternate book allowed due to profanity, sexual content or nudity, violence or horror, offensive to religious sensitivities
The People Could Fly: The Picture Book by Virginia Hamilton; Restricted for violence or horror
To Kill A Mockingbird by Harper Lee; Alternate book allowed due to being politically, racially, or socially offensive
I Am J by Cris Beam; Restricted, no reason given; "Note: Book title removed from summer reading list. Book remains in librarian’s office for check out as requested (not on shelves)"
Say Cheese and Die by R.L. Stine; Restricted for violence or horror
Draw Me A Star by Eric Carle; Content changed or deleted for sexual content or nudity