Sunday, March 19, 2006

And they burn good too...

And now the list that never fails to pop my blood pressure every year - the American Library Association's list of most challenged books of the year. In 2005, they received 405 challenges, meaning written requests or demands that these books be removed. It doesn't say so in press release or story I read, but I think it's at least down this year. This was the top 10:

1. It's Perfectly Normal by Robie H. Harris
2. Forever by Judy Blume
3. The Catcher in the Rye by J. D. Salinger
4. The Chocolate War by Robert Cormier
5. Whale Talk by Chris Crutcher
6. Detour for Emmy by Marilyn Reynolds
7. What My Mother DoesnÂ’t Know by Sonya Sones
8. Captain Underpants series by Dav Pilkey
9. Crazy Lady! by Jane Leslie Conly
10. It's So Amazing! by Robie H. Harris

Harris is there twice because both of his books are basically sex education books. Cather in the Rye for language (and because it's an old favourite). Forever has sexuality. The Chocolate War, as best I can figure from it's Amazon listing, questions authority. Whale Talk for no reason I can figure out (maybe violence or language). What My Mother Doesn't Know is there for sexuality. Crazy Lady apparently has language. And Captain Underpants disrespects parental authority.

Trying to boycott books for dangerous ideas is something that never fails to annoy. Apparently I'm on a anti-boycott rant this weekend. But the ALA's list is an annual source of rage for me. If you don't like the book and don't want your children to read it, fine. But, you know, other parents might have a different view and have no problem with their kid reading the books. So why not just leave them in the library.

This is a CBC story on the list.

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Sure b'y said...

But letting someone decide these things for themselves would mean having an open mind and believing that people are capable of making decisions without your enforcing your opinions on them. The kind of people who ask for books to be banned don't play well with others like that. You, on the other hand will probably like this.

Mireille Sampson said...

Caught this one when it came out, first time for me. It's more than a little worrisome that two of the books are educational. I can see not being thrilled at the thought your kid is getting into porno, but sex ed? It's idiotic on so many levels. So, next time I want to be a rebel I should dress up as Captain Underpants and incite small children to riot in the underoos...