Celebrating the Freedom to Read
Two days left in Banned Book week – today we look at the 10 most challenged books of 2007.
And Tango Makes Three, by Justin Richardson/Peter Parnell
Reasons: Anti-Ethnic, Sexism, Homosexuality, Anti-Family, Religious Viewpoint, Unsuited to Age Group
- In 2006 it was named an American Library Association Notable Children’s Book.
- It received the ASPCA‘s Henry Bergh Award and the Gustavus Myer Outstanding Book Award.
- It was named a Nick Jr. Family Magazine Best Book of the Year,
- a Bank Street Best Book of the Year,
- a Cooperative Children’s Book Council Choice, and
- a CBC/NCSS Notable Social Studies Trade Book.
The Chocolate War, by Robert Cormier
Reasons: Sexually Explicit, Offensive Language, Violence
- Named as one of the best books of the year by the New York Times,
- winning a Lewis Carroll award and
- being named to the “Best of the Best 1966—1978” list by the School Library Journal.
Olive’s Ocean, by Kevin Henkes
Reasons: Sexually Explicit and Offensive Language
- Wwon the 2004 Newbery Honor
The Golden Compass, by Philip Pullman
Reasons: Religious Viewpoint
- Third place in the BBC’s Big Read poll in 2003
- 2001 Whitbread Book of the Year award. This is the first time that such an award has been bestowed on a book from their “children’s literature” category.
- The first volume, Northern Lights, won the Carnegie Medal for children’s fiction in the UK in 1995.
- In 2007 the judges of the CILIP Carnegie Medal for children’s literature selected it as one of the ten most important children’s novels of the previous 70 years.
- In June 2007 it was voted, in an online poll, as the best Carnegie Medal winner in the seventy-year history of the award, the Carnegie of Carnegies
- The Observer cites Northern Lights as one of the 100 best novels.
- On May 19, 2005, Pullman attended the British Library in London to receive formal congratulations for his work from culture secretary Tessa Jowell “on behalf of the government”
- On 25 May 2005 Pullman received the Swedish government’s Astrid Lindgren Memorial Award for children’s and youth literature.
The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn, by Mark Twain
- Hemingway declared, “All modern American literature comes from” Huck Finn, and hailed it as “the best book we’ve had.”
The Color Purple, by Alice Walker
Reasons: Homosexuality, Sexually Explicit, Offensive Language,
- The American Book Award
- The Pulitzer Prize
TTYL, by Lauren Myracle
Reasons: Sexually Explicit, Offensive Language, Unsuited to Age Group
- American Library Association (ALA) Best Book for Young Adults designation
- Booklist Top-Ten Youth Romances includee
- ALA Quick Pick
I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings, by Maya Angelou
Reasons: Sexually Explicit
- Nominated for a National Book Award in 1970
It’s Perfectly Normal, by Robie Harris
Reasons: Sex Education, Sexually Explicit
- Publishers Weekly said, “this intelligent, amiable and carefully researched book… frankly explains the physical, psychological, emotional and social changes that occur during puberty.”
The Perks of Being A Wallflower, by Stephen Chbosky
Reasons: Homosexuality, Sexually Explicit, Offensive Language, Unsuited to Age Group
- Recognized by YALSA in 2002 as a Popular Paperback for Young Adults
- Chbosky has pointed out the positive effects that the book has had on youth: “A 14-year-old girl and a 17-year-boy wrote me and said they didn’t commit suicide because they read the book.”