Did you know…?

That this is Banned Book Week?  I love that the American Library Association has a whole week to celebrate those books that some folks don’t want me … YOU to read.  Thanks to The Canary Review for bringing this to my attention.  I like the questions they asked in their post on this subject, particularly the one about the “ingredients” for a bannable book.  It seems to me that just about any book published anywhere on the planet has that potential – something that is innocuous to me can be offensive to someone else.  Seems to me that it can get quite tricky when the very act of banning a book is what causes offense.

Check out the ALA’s most challenged books lists.  How many have you read?  Does it make you want to read any new books just because they’re on the list?  Are you curious as to why a book is on the list?  I am! How come A Light in the Attic by Shel Silverstein is on there?  And Where’s Waldo??  Really?

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2 comments on “Did you know…?

  1. Oh yes, you’ll love the reason “Where’s Waldo” was challenged. But first, A Light in the Attic came under fire on several counts for the poem “How Not To Have To Dry The Dishes” which, according to the wikipedia account of the challenge, encourages messiness and disobedience. In “Little Abigail and the Beautiful Pony” a girl dies after her parents refuse to buy her a pony. And then you get the usual complaints about there being magic, demons, etc, in the book. Here’s a nifty article about it: http://www.bookslut.com/banned_bookslut/2004_02_001498.php

    Now, “Where’s Waldo” got in trouble over…nudity! The picture proof: http://www.11points.com/images/bannedbooks/whereswaldo.jpg

    Yup.

    Thanks for the linkback, by the way. It’ll be a great week.

  2. Yikes! You have to REALLY be in a book banning mood to find that nudity. Thanks so much for the info!

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