“The books that the world calls immoral are the books that show the world its own shame.”
- Oscar Wilde, The Picture of Dorian Gray
Banned Books Week is afoot! BBW is an annual event celebrating the freedom to read and the importance of the First Amendment. The books featured during Banned Books Week have been targets of attempted bannings.
The American Library Association’s Office for Intellectual Freedom has a bunch of resources about banned books and challenges to library materials. Here is the list of the ten most frequently challenged books of 2008. The children’s book And Tango Makes Three was number one.
An interactive map at BannedBooksWeek displays details about over 120 book challenges around the country between 2007 and 2009. It’s a fascinating web of attempted censorship, often in the name of “protecting children.” Dangerous things happen when the marginalized tell their stories and/or injustice is exposed.
Also, when children read fictional tales about witchcraft or references to sex organs.