From the LA Times:
It’s happened again. In 2009, “And Tango Makes Three,” the heartwarming children’s book about two penguin daddies and their adopted baby penguin Tango — based on the true story of penguins in Central Park — was one of the year’s most-challenged books, according to the American Library Association. Once again, unfortunately, we’re celebrating Banned Books Week.
If there is a sense in some quarters that America embraces freedom of expression, there is a sense in others that books present ideas that are dangerous or inappropriate. In 2009, there were 460 challenges reported to the American Library Association’s Office for Intellectual Freedom. The top 10 most-challenged books of 2009 were:
1. TTYL; TTFN; L8R, G8R (series), by Lauren Myracle
Reasons: Nudity, Sexually Explicit, Offensive Language, Unsuited to Age Group, Drugs
2. “And Tango Makes Three” by Peter Parnell and Justin Richardson
3. “The Perks of Being A Wallflower,” by Stephen Chbosky
Reasons: Homosexuality, Sexually Explicit, Anti-Family, Offensive Language, Religious Viewpoint, Unsuited to Age Group, Drugs, Suicide
4. “To Kill A Mockingbird,” by Harper Lee
Reasons: Racism, Offensive Language, Unsuited to Age Group
5. Twilight (series) by Stephenie Meyer
Reasons: Sexually Explicit, Religious Viewpoint, Unsuited to Age Group…
[continues in the LA Times]
Majestic is gadfly emeritus.
Latest posts by majestic (see all)