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Upcoming: Banned Books Week 2006

From the ALA websitecomes the announcement for Banned Books Week 2006 - to be held from September 23-30th.

"Banned Books Week: Celebrating the Freedom to Read is observed during the last week of September each year. Observed since 1982, the annual event reminds Americans not to take this precious democratic freedom for granted.

Banned Books Week (BBW) celebrates the freedom to choose or the freedom to express one?s opinion even if that opinion might be considered unorthodox or unpopular and stresses the importance of ensuring the availability of those unorthodox or unpopular viewpoints to all who wish to read them. After all, intellectual freedom can exist only where these two essential conditions are met."

The list of thetop ten most challenged books for 2005 includes "The Catcher in the Rye" andare furtherlisted as:

  • ?It's Perfectly Normal? for homosexuality, nudity, sex education, religious viewpoint, abortion and being unsuited to age group;
  • ?Forever? by Judy Blume for sexual content and offensive language;
  • ?The Catcher in the Rye? by J.D. Salinger for sexual content, offensive language and being unsuited to age group;
  • ?The Chocolate War? by Robert Cormier for sexual content and offensive language;
  • ?Whale Talk? by Chris Crutcher for racism and offensive language;
  • ?Detour for Emmy? by Marilyn Reynolds for sexual content;
  • ?What My Mother Doesn't Know? by Sonya Sones for sexual content and being unsuited to age group;
  • Captain Underpants series by Dav Pilkey for anti-family content, being unsuited to age group and violence;
  • ?Crazy Lady!? by Jane Leslie Conly for offensive language; and
  • ?It's So Amazing! A Book about Eggs, Sperm, Birth, Babies, and Families? by Robie H. Harris for sex education and sexual content.

  • Also according to the website:
    "Off the list this year, but on for several years past, are the Alice series of books by Phyllis Reynolds Naylor, ?Of Mice and Men? by John Steinbeck and ?The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn? by Mark Twain."

    More information aboutthe event, it'shistory, why and howbooks are challenged and banned,and a listof the most challenged booksin 2005,can be found at the American Library Association webpage dedicated to Banned Books Week.

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