Banned Books Week Celebrating the Freedom to Read! September 30 October 6 2012A Democratic Societyand theIssue of Censorship
Banned Books Week is the only national celebration of the freedom to read. Launched in 1982 to sudden surge in number of challenges to books in schools, libraries and bookstores. More than 1,000 books have been challenged since 1982. The United States take the acts of banning or challenging a book as a serious matter, because these are forms of censorship which strike at the very core of our freedom to read.Banned Books Week Begins
Deciding to get rid of something that offends youfor everyone.Censorship.
When you were in elementary school, you might have read In the Night Kitchen by Maurice Sendak. Its about a little boy named Mickey who wakes up in the middle of the night to a loud noise. He suddenly starts to float up out of his bed and eventually enters a bakers kitchen where he has lovely adventures.Heres an example.
Mickey falls out of his clothes as he enters the kitchen, and thus runs around naked for parts of the story. Parents, teachers, and librarians have been so embarrassed and upset by this that they have taken to drawing shorts on Mickey or gluing stickers over his private area.The Problem?
FOR THE RECORDThe author, Maurice Sendak, said he wasnt trying to be controversial.He just thought that it would be easier for Mickey to be naked when hefell in a bowl of cake batter so he wouldnt have dirty clothes!
Secular and religious authorities have censored books for as long as people have been writing them. In ancient times, when hand-scribed books existed in only one or a few copies, destroying them (usually by burning) guaranteed no one would ever read them. Invention of the printing press by Johann Gutenberg around 1450 made it possible to circulate more copies of books, essentially reducing the power of book burning to disseminate texts.History of BookCensorship
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STILL?Small forms of censorship
Tango is based on a real-life story. In a zoo in New York City, a baby penguin egg was abandoned. Rather than let it die, two male penguins adopted the egg and took turns sitting on it until it hatched! AwwMost dangerous book of 2009
Author Laurn Myracle wrote a whole series of books starting in 2004 written entirely in instant messages. Banned in numerous places across for adult situations, Flirtation with a teacher and sexually explicitness.Most dangerous book of 2011
Challenges to Books Challenges occur in every state and in hundreds of communities. People challenge books based on political, religious, sexual, or social grounds. People target books that explore the latest problems to beloved works of American literature.
Book Challenges 2007 -2011
United States Banning Books Challenging Books Old practice of restricting access. Fair practice in a democratic society. Forcing control or regulation over First Amendment rights to Invites questions, discussions, free speech and free expression. learning, exposure of issues and problems, raises awareness and