Banned Books Week: September 25 – October 2, 2010

Celebrate the freedom to read during Banned Books Week!

The American Library Association’s Office for Intellectual Freedom tracks challenged books and publishes a top ten list each year (available to UNK users anywhere through Wilson’s Omnifile Full-Text). What follows is a list of the most contested books for 2009, with links to information about each book in WorldCat, including their availability at nearby libraries.

TTYL; TTFN; L8R, G8R (series), by Lauren Myracle
Reasons:  Nudity, Sexually Explicit, Offensive Language, Unsuited to Age Group, and Drugs.

And Tango Makes Three, by Peter Parnell and Justin Richardson
Reason:   Homosexuality.

The Perks of Being A Wallflower, by Stephen Chbosky
Reasons:   Homosexuality, Sexually Explicit, Anti-Family, Offensive Language, Religious Viewpoint, Unsuited to Age Group, Drugs, and Suicide.

To Kill a Mockingbird, by Harper Lee
Reasons:   Racism, Offensive Language, and Unsuited to Age Group.

Twilight (series), by Stephenie Meyer
Reasons:  Sexually Explicit, Religious Viewpoint, and Unsuited to Age Group.

Catcher in the Rye, by J.D. Salinger
Reasons:   Sexually Explicit, Offensive Language, and Unsuited to Age Group.

My Sister’s Keeper, by Jodi Picoult
Reasons:  Sexism, Homosexuality, Sexually Explicit, Offensive Language, Religious Viewpoint, Unsuited to Age Group, Drugs, Suicide, and Violence.

The Earth, My Butt, and Other Big, Round Things, by Carolyn Mackler
Reasons:  Sexually Explicit, Offensive Language, and Unsuited to Age Group.

The Color Purple, by Alice Walker
Reasons:  Sexually Explicit, Offensive Language and Unsuited to Age Group.

The Chocolate War, by Robert Cormier
Reasons:  Nudity, Sexually Explicit, Offensive Language, and Unsuited to Age Group.

These works and authors join the company of Whitman, Melville, and Shaw, just to name a few famously censored authors. As well as standing for the ranks of persons whose words were not recorded, perhaps because of poverty, race, gender, or sexual orientation. Will they stand the test of time?

Visit a library, read something daring, and celebrate your intellectual freedom!