Tuesday, September 27, 2011

Read Loud and Clear!

Celebrate your children's right to read during this week's Virtual Read-Out.

Video yourself reading from their favorite challenged book, then upload the recording to the Banned Books Week channel on YouTube.

You can also watch videos of authors, celebrities and people just like you reading from their favorites.

Banned Books Week (Sept 24-Oct. 1) was launched in 1982 in response to a spike in movements to censor books in schools, bookstores and libraries.

Here are just a dozen of the many children's books that have come under fire over the years for being inappropriate.

They are also some of the most beloved books, or at least very popular, and some won the highest awards in literature.

Harry Potter series by J. K. Rowling

A Caldecott winner criticized as scary and cruel.
Where the Wild Things Are by Maurice Sendak

James and the Giant Peach by Road Dahl

Because of Winn Dixie by Kate DiCamillo

A LIght in the Attic by Shel Silverstein

Of Mice and Men by John Steinbeck

A Wrinkle in Time by Madeleine L'Engle

The Lord of the Rings by J.R.R. Tolkien

Where's Waldo by Martin Hanford

Twilight series by Stephenie Meyer

The Hunger Games series by Suzanne Collins

The Call of the Wild by Jack London

A challenge to literature is an attempt by a group of people to ban a book from a library or school curriculum, or restrict access to that book. Among the objections: that a book is sexually explicit, has offensive language, is unsuited to an age group, or contains occult themes, violence, homosexual themes or a particular religious viewpoint.

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