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BBC News – Why are parents banning school books?

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Following on from Sesame Street and Katy Perry (see previous post), this article focusses on what some American parents object to in new as well as classic literature in schools, while others are fighting for their children’s right to read those same books. The list of the 10 Most Challenged Books makes for interesting reading, if you’ll pardon the pun 😉

The issue is being highlighted by the American Library Association during its Banned Books Week.

The ALA recorded 460 attempts in 2009 to have a book withdrawn from a library or classroom.

Part of the problem lies in the rise of young adult fiction. Nearly 60 years after the publication of The Catcher in the Rye, teenager readers are now a lucrative market around the world.

The Twilight series has brought author Stephanie Meyer millions, but she has also found her work in the top 10 most challenged, with parents objecting to sexual explicitness and unsuitability for younger readers.

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10 most challenged of 2009

* •ttyl, ttfn, l8r, g8r (series) by Lauren Myracle: Drugs, nudity, offensive language, sexually explicit, unsuited to age group

* And Tango Makes Three by Peter Parnell and Justin Richardson: Homosexuality

* The Perks of Being A Wallflower by Stephen Chbosky: Anti-family, drugs, homosexuality, offensive language, religious viewpoint, sexually explicit, suicide, unsuited to age group

* To Kill A Mockingbird by Harper Lee: Offensive language, racism, unsuited to age group

* Twilight (series)by Stephenie Meyer: Religious viewpoint, sexually explicit, unsuited to age group

* Catcher in the Rye by JD Salinger: Offensive language, sexually explicit, unsuited to age group

* My Sister’s Keeper by Jodi Picoult: Drugs, homosexuality, offensive language, religious viewpoint, sexism, sexually explicit, suicide, unsuited to age group, violence

* The Earth, My Butt, and Other Big, Round Things by Carolyn Mackler: Offensive language, sexually explicit, unsuited to age group

* The Color Purple by Alice Walker: Offensive language, sexually explicit, unsuited to age group

* The Chocolate War by Robert Cormier: Nudity, offensive language, sexually explicit, unsuited to age group

* Source: ALA

via BBC News – Why are parents banning school books?

Strange Random Book Quote:

Outside of a dog, a book is man’s best friend. Inside of a dog it’s too dark to read. – Groucho Marx

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