Monday, September 19, 2011

Banned Books Week

It’s Banned Books Week:

Banned Books Week (BBW) is an annual event celebrating the freedom to read and the importance of the First Amendment. Held during the last week of September, Banned Books Week highlights the benefits of free and open access to information while drawing attention to the harms of censorship by spotlighting actual or attempted bannings of books across the United States.

Banned Books Week: Celebrating the Freedom to Read (America Library Association)
The ALA’s list of the ten most challenged titles in 2010 includes Barbara Ehrenreich’s Nickel and Dimed: On (Not) Getting by in America (“drugs, inaccurate, offensive language, political viewpoint, religious viewpoint”), Aldous Huxley’s Brave New World (“insensitivity, offensive language, racism, sexually explicit”), and Peter Parnell and Justin Richardson’s And Tango Makes Three (“homosexuality, religious viewpoint, unsuited to age group”).

comments: 2

Daughter Number Three said...

Nickel and Dimed should be required reading in schools at some grade level, rather than being banned. I had no idea it appeared on the most challenged list.

Elaine said...

I read that a few years ago--and it was an old book then. Things have gotten worse for many people since that time! I agree-required reading for HS kids (say 9th grade, before the 'allowed to quit school' age.)