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Friday, September 25, 2015

I read banned books

There are so many books that we grew up with that end up on the banned book list. Books that were part of our childhood and taught us lessons or entertained us.

alice in wonderland because the animals talked. To me this is a fantasy book and anything can happen in fantasy

Anne Frank, the diary of a girl that tells the story of the holocaust and a young girl that experienced the torture and life of a prisoner because of who she was. This book to me taught a lesson through a personal story that should have been used to teach history and understanding if we learn from the past that it should not be repeated

Bill Martin jr. book for children Brown Bear Brown Bear was also on the banned book list. Oh my goodness is what my thought is. A book that helps our children learn their colors banned.

Another book for children Charlottes Web found itself on the banned list for the talking animal. Yes, it does sir but it does so much more. The fact that the animals work together in a farm environment is something that we should learn to do in our environment.

The list of banned books top 10 frequently challenged books released by ALA are
1)      The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian, by Sherman Alexie
Reasons: anti-family, cultural insensitivity, drugs/alcohol/smoking, gambling, offensive language, sex education, sexually explicit, unsuited for age group, violence. Additional reasons: “depictions of bullying”
2)      Persepolis, by Marjane Satrapi
Reasons: gambling, offensive language, political viewpoint. Additional reasons: “politically, racially, and socially offensive,” “graphic depictions”
3)      And Tango Makes Three, Justin Richardson and Peter Parnell
Reasons: Anti-family, homosexuality, political viewpoint, religious viewpoint, unsuited for age group. Additional reasons: “promotes the homosexual agenda”
4)      The Bluest Eye, by Toni Morrison
Reasons: Sexually explicit, unsuited for age group. Additional reasons: “contains controversial issues”
5)      It’s Perfectly Normal, by Robie Harris
Reasons: Nudity, sex education, sexually explicit, unsuited to age group. Additional reasons: “alleges it child pornography”
6)      Saga, by Brian Vaughan and Fiona Staples
Reasons: Anti-Family, nudity, offensive language, sexually explicit, and unsuited for age group. Additional reasons:
7)      The Kite Runner, by Khaled Hosseini
Reasons: Offensive language, unsuited to age group, violence
8)      The Perks of Being a Wallflower, by Stephen Chbosky
Reasons: drugs/alcohol/smoking, homosexuality, offensive language, sexually explicit, unsuited for age group. Additional reasons: “date rape and masturbation”
9)      A Stolen Life, Jaycee Dugard
Reasons: drugs/alcohol/smoking, offensive language, sexually explicit, and unsuited for age group
10)  Drama, by Raina Telgemeier
Reasons: sexually explicit
What do you think? Do you read banned books? One of my daughters favorite books in her childhood Captain Underpants was found on the list several times in the past as well as many books that I love so I would say YES!!! I read banned books.

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1 comment:

  1. Oh my goodness Angie. Seriously? I know the Harry Potter books were banned here when they first came out, but only by a fundamentalist Christian group. I can't believe some of the reasons given for the banning of those on your list. Especially when my disabled son who is in a wheelchair, had to do a book report on a short story about a young woman who suffocates her ailing father (who is in a wheelchair), and is outed by the parrot in her fathers room! Yes I had a bit to say about that one. What a funny world we live in. Thanks for sharing with us at Five Star Frugal this week. Love, Mimi xxx


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