Okay, I must have been living under a rock for the last couple of decades, because I although I knew there were parents who would petition schools to remove what they considered 'unsuitable' books from libraries, I honestly didn't realize there were such a thing as Banned Books in this day an age. Who knew?
And look what topped the list as The Most Challenged Book of 2006:
"And Tango Makes Three" tops ALA's 2006 list
of most challenged books
CHICAGO – Justin Richardson and Peter Parnell’s award-winning "And Tango Makes Three," about two male penguins parenting an egg from a mixed-sex penguin couple, tops the list of most challenged books in 2006 by parents and administrators, due to the issues of homosexuality.
Okay, there's no way now that I'm not skating straight off to Amazon to buy that book. Gay penguins! Yay!
And more info from the American Library Association:
The "10 Most Challenged Books of 2006" reflect a range of themes, and consist of the following titles:
- "And Tango Makes Three" by Justin Richardson and Peter Parnell, for homosexuality, anti-family, and unsuited to age group;
- "Gossip Girls" series by Cecily Von Ziegesar for homosexuality, sexual content, drugs, unsuited to age group, and offensive language;
- "Alice" series by Phyllis Reynolds Naylor for sexual content and offensive language;
- "The Earth, My Butt, and Other Big Round Things" by Carolyn Mackler for sexual content, anti-family, offensive language, and unsuited to age group;
- "The Bluest Eye" by Toni Morrison for sexual content, offensive language, and unsuited to age group;
- "Scary Stories" series by Alvin Schwartz for occult/Satanism, unsuited to age group, violence, and insensitivity;
- "Athletic Shorts" by Chris Crutcher for homosexuality and offensive language.
- "The Perks of Being a Wallflower" by Stephen Chbosky for homosexuality, sexually explicit, offensive language, and unsuited to age group
- "Beloved" by Toni Morrison for offensive language, sexual content, and unsuited to age group;
- "The Chocolate War" by Robert Cormier for sexual content, offensive language, and violence.
- Off the list this year, but on for several years past, are the "Catcher in the Rye" by J.D. Salinger, "Of Mice and Men" by John Steinbeck and "The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn" by Mark Twain.
There's a ton of information out there on banned books on the ALA link, including information about the history of burning books. And, yes, believe it or not, they still burn books in the 21st century:
“On Sunday evening, members of the Harvest Assembly of God Church in Penn Township sing songs
as they burn books, videos and CDs that they have judged offensive to their God.”
Published in the Butler Eagle, March 26, 2001. Courtesy of the Butler Eagle.
Okay, I resolve right now to get out from under my rock more often, and hunt down and read as many banned books as I can.