Saturday, September 23, 2006

Banned Book Week

I'm feisty enough that somebody wants to ban a book from the library because it might have "evil language" or an alternative viewpoint.. that's the book I'm going to read.

This week is Banned Book Week. I'm copying the ALA list of the ten most challenged (requested to be banned) books of the 21st Century. I'd love to find a list of the top 100 banned books, but haven't been successful at that so far.

Most Challenged Books of 21st Century (2000-2005)

In anticipation of the 25th anniversary of Banned Books Week (September 23-30, 2006), the American Library Association (ALA) compiled the top 10 most challenged books from 2000-2005, with the Harry Potter series of books leading the pack. The 10 most challenged books of the 21st Century (2000-2005) are:

1. Harry Potter series by J.K. Rowling

2. "The Chocolate War" by Robert Cormier

3. Alice series by Phyllis Reynolds Naylor

4. "Of Mice and Men" by John Steinbeck

5. "I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings" by Maya Angelou

6. "Fallen Angels" by Walter Dean Myers

7. "It's Perfectly Normal" by Robie Harris

8. Scary Stories series by Alvin Schwartz

9. Captain Underpants series by Dav Pilkey

10. "Forever" by Judy Blume
You can explore about banned books at the Google Book Search. How many of these books have you already read? I've read 25 of the books on this list. Which one will you read this week? All The Kings Men is moving up my list...

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