Next week (September 23 – 30) is the 25th anniversary of ALA ‘Banned Book Week’. Juvenile literature is among the most challenged – according to the ALA, 71% of the challenged materials between 1990 and 2000 were to items in schools or school libraries, and 60% of the challengers were parents.
Here is the American Library Association’s list of Top Ten Challenged Books of 2005 with accompanying reasons for being challenged – items in our collection are bolded:
- “It’s Perfectly Normal” by Robie H. Harris – 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;
- the 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.