Posted May 12 on the ALA website:
“And Tango Makes Three” tops ALA’s 2007Â list of most challenged books
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For a second consecutive year, Justin Richardson and Peter Parnellâ€™s award-winning “And Tango Makes Three,” a childrenâ€™s book about two male penguins caring for an orphaned egg, tops the list of ALA’s 10 Most Challenged Books.
The 2007 list includes three books that haven’t been included in the Top Ten list before: â€œOliveâ€™s Ocean,â€ by Kevin Henkes; â€œThe Golden Compass,â€ by Philip Pullman; and â€œTTYL,â€ by Lauren Myracle.
â€œFree access to information is a core American value that should be protected,â€ said Judith F. Krug, director of the ALA Office for Intellectual Freedom. â€œNot every book is right for each reader, but an individualâ€™s interpretation of a book should not take away my right to select reading materials for my family or myself.”
For more than 15 years, OIF has released the list of most frequently challenged books, based on reports we receive in the office. A challenge is defined as a formal, written complaint, filed with a library or school, requesting that materials be removed because of content or appropriateness. In 2007 we received 420 reports on efforts to abolish materials from school curriculum and library bookshelves.
Public libraries, schools and school libraries report challenges to OIF, but a majority of challenges go unreported.
The “10 Most Challenged Books of 2007” reflect a range of themes, and comprises the following titles:
1. â€œAnd Tango Makes Three,â€ by Justin Richardson/Peter Parnell
Reasons: Anti-Ethnic, Sexism, Homosexuality, Anti-Family, Religious Viewpoint, Unsuited to Age Group
2. â€œThe Chocolate War,â€ by Robert Cormier
Reasons: Sexually Explicit, Offensive Language, Violence
3. â€œOliveâ€™s Ocean,â€ by Kevin Henkes
Reasons: Sexually Explicit, Offensive Language
4. â€œThe Golden Compass,â€ by Philip Pullman
Reason: Religious Viewpoint
5. â€œThe Adventures of Huckleberry Finn,â€ by Mark Twain
6. â€œThe Color Purple,â€ by Alice Walker
Reasons: Homosexuality, Sexually Explicit, Offensive Language
7. â€œTTYL,â€ by Lauren Myracle
Reasons: Sexually Explicit, Offensive Language, Unsuited to Age Group
8. â€œI Know Why the Caged Bird Sings,â€ by Maya Angelou
Reason: Sexually Explicit
9. â€œItâ€™s Perfectly Normal,â€ by Robie Harris
Reasons: Sex Education, Sexually Explicit
10. â€œThe Perks of Being A Wallflower,â€ by Stephen Chbosky
Reasons: Homosexuality, Sexually Explicit, Offensive Language, Unsuited to Age Group
Off the list this year are two books by author Toni Morrison–“The Bluest Eye” and “Beloved,” both challenged for sexual content and offensive language, were #5 and #9, respectively, on the 2006 Top Ten list.
*The Top Ten list is featured in many libraries’ and schools’ Banned Books Week exhibits and events. This year’s Banned Books Week celebration begins on September 27 and runs through October 4.*
For more information on book challenges and censorship, please visit Challenged and Banned Books <http://www.ala.org/ala/oif/
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