Here’s the ALA article on Banned Books Week. You’ve still got a few weeks till the celebration begins.
This event was started in 1981. Here are links to the list of books that were on the Challenged or Banned list during each of the Banned Books Week yearly compilations starting with the 2005 list.
Most of the books on these lists are ones that I am unfamiliar with. However there are a few authors or titles that I recognize. Of those that are familiar I would agree that they contain material that some parents would choose to not have their children exposed to in Elementary or Junior High School. In High school, College, and Public Libraries the material shouldn’t necessarily be removed but parents should be allowed to help their children decide what is appropriate for them to read or view. Full disclosure to adults as well as procedures in place to keep mature materials and content in appropriate locations so that parents or other responsible adults can address the material with their children when they consider it necessary. I do not expect books to be removed simply on content or material basis but recognize that some people will find certain materials inappropriate or offensive for children or teenagers they are responsible for. These adults should be given the opportunity to help those children or teenagers make acceptable choices while still leaving materials available to other readers that feel differently.
My intention is to go through the lists that are currently available and compile my own lists of books I have read and ones that I would like to research further and perhaps read myself.
Please recognize that I am not approving or endorsing these books or asking that they be removed from any specific lists or programs, merely bringing people’s attention to the fact that books and literature are a matter of reader tastes and values that should be made available while still allowing parents and other adults with authority in a child’s life to have the say in what content and material those children are allowed to access. I realize that this is a fine line to walk and is difficult to determine what content or material should be readily available to children and teens in a public resource such as libraries and schools.
Personally I would like to see more books available to students in a wider variety of topics or novels at their age level especially as they become teenagers and college students. This promotes not only a variety of tastes but also the opportunity for parents and other adults to discuss wise choices with children and teens as they mature so those children and teens grow in their own ability to make appropriate decisions on their own.