Banned Books Week: Celebrating the Freedom to Read!
Banned Books Week is the only national celebration of the freedom to read. It was launched in 1982 in response to a sudden surge in the number of challenges to books in schools, bookstores and libraries. The 10 most challenged titles were:
1. And Tango Makes Three by Justin Richardson and Peter Parnell
2. The Chocolate War by Robert Cormier
3. Olive's Ocean by Kevin Henkes
4. The Golden Compass by Philip Pullman
5. The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn by Mark Twain
6. The Color Purple by Alice Walker
7. TTYL by Lauren Myracle
8. I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings by Maya Angelou
9. It's Perfectly Normal by Robie Harris
10. The Perks of Being a Wallflower by Stephen Chbosky
(Click here to see why these books were challenged.)
My Platonic Sweetheart By Mark Twain
I met her first when I was seventeen and she fifteen. It was in a dream . . .
Students Make Literacy Day One for the Books By ASHLEY SOUTHALL, NYTimes
Elementary school students on Thursday tried to set a record for the largest number of people reading the same book on the same day.
A Mass E-Mail Amy Ozols
Dear All: Before I begin, I’d like to apologize for sending a mass e-mail . . .
this i believe: Learning Is Worth Doing Every Day by John-Paul, Tacoma WA
My oldest memory is that of a set of encyclopedias in my grandmother's living room