This week is ALA’s Banned Book Week Virtual Read Out.
September 24−October 1, 2011
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.
I don’t really understand banning books and am proud of all the organizations that stand up to any kind of censorship. Here’s a link to the 100 most challenged books from 2000-2009. Here are the 5 I understand the least.
1. The Harry Potter series – it’s fiction, people. It’s okay to tell young girls that a Prince will come rescue them or his kiss can break a spell by an evil witch and yet we can’t appreciate a story full of magic and courage?
2. To Kill a Mockingbird – Seriously, a story that teaches kids to stand up for right against wrong, no matter public sentiment, is dangerous?
3. Fahrenheit 452 – This book isn’t a favorite of mine but it is funny that a book about society’s loss of books and free thought should end up on this list.
4. A Time to Kill – The racial storyline is here as is the courtroom scenes about standing up for what’s right even at the risk of personal harm make it controversial like TKAM? I don’t know. Weird.
5. Bridge to Terabithia – Kids may be upset by the death, but this is one that could bring parents into a real conversation with their kids. Scary, right?
So, which one on the list surprises you the most?