Another Banned Book Week is upon us and I look forward to this every year. As I have state before in an earlier post, I am against book censorship. I believe in Intellectual Freedom and the right for everyone to choose what they want to read, with a few exceptions. The ALA (American Library Association) has put together this timeline to celebrate 30 years of “Liberating Literature”. It’s also a good way to find a book to read during the week. This guide from the New York Times can give you ways to celebrate Banned Book Week. The ALA’s Office for Intellectual Freedom always puts together a list of the most challenged books for the preceding year, and I think the way they redid the list makes it look rather catchy. I think this year I will try to read Brave New World by Aldous Huxley and The Color of Earth  by Tong Hwa-Kim. I encourage everyone to go out and read at least one banned book.

Here’s the list for 2011:

Out of 326 challenges as reported by the Office for Intellectual Freedom

  1. ttyl; ttfn; l8r, g8r (series), by Lauren Myracle
    Reasons: offensive language; religious viewpoint; sexually explicit; unsuited to age group
  2. The Color of Earth (series), by Kim Dong Hwa
    Reasons: nudity; sex education; sexually explicit; unsuited to age group
  3. The Hunger Games trilogy, by Suzanne Collins
    Reasons: anti-ethnic; anti-family; insensitivity; offensive language; occult/satanic; violence
  4. My Mom’s Having A Baby! A Kid’s Month-by-Month Guide to Pregnancy, by Dori Hillestad Butler
    Reasons: nudity; sex education; sexually explicit; unsuited to age group
  5. The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian, by Sherman Alexie
    Reasons: offensive language; racism; religious viewpoint; sexually explicit; unsuited to age group
  6. Alice (series), by Phyllis Reynolds Naylor
    Reasons: nudity; offensive language; religious viewpoint
  7. Brave New World, by Aldous Huxley
    Reasons: insensitivity; nudity; racism; religious viewpoint; sexually explicit
  8. What My Mother Doesn’t Know, by Sonya Sones
    Reasons: nudity; offensive language; sexually explicit
  9. Gossip Girl (series), by Cecily Von Ziegesar
    Reasons: drugs; offensive language; sexually explicit
  10. To Kill a Mockingbird, by Harper Lee
    Reasons: offensive language; racism
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