Tuesday, October 02, 2012

Speak out and Read out: Celebrate Banned Books Week

Celebrate your family's right to read by taking part in the Banned Books Week Virtual Read-Out.

For the second year in a row, ALA’s Office for Intellectual Freedom encourages readers of all ages to speak up and out about the issue of censorship by reading a passage from a banned or challenged book and capturing it on video.

Below is a list of some of the most frequently challenged books for children and young adults. Select your favorite from this list of titles or another from the Office for Intellectual Freedom’s list of Frequently Challenged Books. You might be surprised to see some of your favorite titles there!

Frequently challenged titles for children:
1.    Harry Potter (series), by J.K. Rowling
2.    And Tango Makes Three, by Justin Richardson/Peter Parnell
3.    Scary Stories (series), by Alvin Schwartz
4.    Captain Underpants (series), by Dav Pilkey
5.    In the Night Kitchen, by Maurice Sendak
6.    Bridge To Terabithia, by Katherine Paterson
7.    The Stupids (series), by Harry Allard
8.    Anastasia (series), by Lois Lowry
9.    Junie B. Jones (series), by Barbara Park
10.  Goosebumps (series), by R.L. Stine

Frequently challenged titles for teens:
1.    The Chocolate War, by Robert Cormier
2.    The Perks of Being a Wallflower, by Stephen Chbosky
3.    Forever, by Judy Blume
4.    Catcher in the Rye, by J.D. Salinger
5.    Speak, by Laurie Halse Anderson
6.    Whale Talk, by Chris Crutcher
7.    The Hunger Games (series), by Suzanne Collins
8.    Crank, by Ellen Hopkins
9.    Twilight (series), by Stephenie Meyer
10.  The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian, by Sherman Alexie

After you have made your selection, record a two-minute video of either your children, teens or your whole family reading a passage from the book.

Be sure to also include information on where and why the book was banned or challenged. For information on banned and challenged books visit your library to access a copy of Banned Books: Challenging our Freedom to Read or the Office for Intellectual Freedom’s list of Frequently Challenged Books.

Once your video is complete, submit it to YouTube by filling out this form.

Banned Books Week is an annual event celebrating the freedom to read. Typically held during the last week of September, it highlights the value of free and open access to information. This year marks the 30th anniversary of Banned Books Week.

For ideas on how you can spend quality time with your children and teens, check out the Reading Together section of the Connect with your kids @ your library Family Activity Guide.

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