The Banned Books Reading Challenge 2010
Goals of This Challenge:
To bring attention to books that have been challenged or banned
To support authors whose freedom of expression have been questioned or challenged by buying and reading their books
To increase awareness of censorship
The best way to fight censorship is to do what these challengers rarely do, and that is to READ the books that have been challenged and educate ourselves on their content and impact on our society!
The challenge will run from September 1, 2010 to October 15, 2010.
The challenge is open to any reader with an online blogging platform who'd like to participate.
I personally will devote my attention towards mostly YA literature challenged within the last decade and challenged classics.
I will make it my goal to read at least 4 challenged or banned books (listed below).
1. Pretty Little Liars by Sara Shepherd
2. The Giver by Lois Lowry
3. The Color Purple by Alice Walker
4. The Earth, My Butt and Other Big Round Things by Carolyn Mackler
Check out StephSu's page for Signup information here.
The University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign's Challenged Children's Book List.
This list is divided up into age group, which is definitely convenient.
10 Frequently Challenged Books Everyone Should Read at Paste Magazine
Hit List for Young Adults 2 by Teri Lesesne and Rosemary Chance.
Written for librarians combating censorship but provides a list of 20 titles that may or may not interest you.
The left-hand sidebar of the ALA Frequently Challenged Books site features many ways in which challenged books are broken down by year, decade, type of challenge, etc. Very fascinating to look at.
The Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh has a great website dedicated to Banned Books Week, the freedom to read, and reviews of banned books.
The Illinois Library Association issues a fantastic bibliography every year noting the books challenged that year. This could help you a lot with more recently challenged books.
The American Civil Liberties Union of Texas has compiled a shocking list of challenges made in the state.
** Borrowed from StephSu's Page on the Banned Books Challenge**