I didn't know there was a Banned Books Week until I saw another blog post about it. Taking the cue I thought it would be interesting to see how many of the books that have been banned I've read. In other words, I have nothing to blog about so enjoy the list...
These are books banned in 2009-2010 as reported on the Newsletter on Intellectual Freedom from May 2009 to May 2010. I've only listed the few that I've read as many of them seem to be how-to se.x books, tee hee. Still, I'm surprised by at least one of the entries. My peanut gallery remarks are in italics.
Angelou, Maya; I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings - This one is always controversial. I read it in High School English as a junior. Our teacher also had us read Toni Morrison and was obviously trying to get us sheltered private-school girls to broaden our understanding of the world. Honestly, it was a good departure from the typical classics read in high school.
Restricted to students with parental permission at the Ocean View School District middle school libraries in Huntington Beach, Calif. (2009) because the “book’s contents were inappropriate for children.” Challenged in the Newman-Crows Landing, Calif. School District (2009) on a required reading list presented by the Orestimba High English Department. A trustee questioned the qualifications of Orestimba staff to teach a novel depicting African American culture. Source: Jan. 2010
Frank, Anne; Anne Frank: The Diary of a Young Girl - Can't remember if I read on my own or in school, probably on my own as I'm that much of a nerd. This one is surprising to me only because in my world it's always been touted as a must read.