Entries Tagged as ‘Banned Books Week’

April 14, 2014

Dav Pilkey’s Captain Underpants tops the most frequently challenged books list for the second year in a row

The ALA Office for Intellectual Freedom released the top ten most frequently challenged books list of 2013 as part of the State of America’s Libraries Report on Monday, April 15. Dav Pilkey’s Captain Underpants series ranked #1 for the second year in a row. The series had been challenged for “offensive language,” “unsuited to age group,” and “violence” and […]

March 26, 2014

FTRF Krug Fund Banned Books Week event grant applications now open

Cross-posted on Freedom to Read Foundation Blog Applications for Banned Books Week 2014 event grants via the Freedom to Read Foundation’s Judith F. Krug Memorial Fund are now open.  Applications will be accepted through April 30.Click here to apply: http://www.ftrf.org/?2014_KrugBBW.  Here are the application guidelines: Krug Fund Banned Books Week event grant application guidelines 1. Event outline should […]

February 11, 2014

Call for 2013 Challenges

OIF is working to finalize our numbers for 2013 challenges and our annual list of most frequently challenged books. We collect information for our challenge database from both media reports and those submitted by individuals and, while we know that many challenges are never reported, we strive to be as comprehensive as possible. We would […]

September 27, 2013

Banned Books Week Hero spotlight on student activists of Emmaus, PA

The Banned Books Week Hero spotlight of the day goes to student activist Isaiah Zukowski from Emmaus, PA for taking action when the school board considered a challenge to Prep, by Curtis Sittenfeld and Electric Kool Aid Acid Test, by Tom Wolfe, both summer reading books. Read more about why he took action, his thoughts on book […]

September 26, 2013

Banned Books Week Hero spotlight: DaNae Leu, Davis School District, Utah

Today’s Banned Books Week Hero spotlight shines on DeNae Leu. Leu played an integral role in preventing Patricia Polacco’s children’s book In Our Mothers’ House from being placed on restricted access in her school library. According to Wanda Mae Huffaker, chair of the Utah Library Association’s Intellectual Freedom Committee, Leu’s efforts helped to draw national […]

September 25, 2013

“Invisible Man” made visible again by NC school board

Today, in a 6-1 vote, the Randolph County, NC Board of Education voted to rescind its recently enacted ban on Ralph Ellison’s Invisible Man.  The original vote to remove it was 5-2. University of Illinois professor Emily Knox attended the hearing and live tweeted the proceeding. Here’s more on the story from Kathi Keys, the local […]

September 25, 2013

Banned Books Week Heroes Spotlight: Students at Lane Tech High School, Chicago, IL

Today’s featured Banned Books Week Heroes are the members of the book club 451 Degrees at Lane Tech High School in Chicago, IL, who stood in opposition the order made by Chicago Public Schools to remove the highly acclaimed graphic novel, Persepolis, by Marjane Satrapi, from classrooms (and, initially, from libraries). These students include, but […]

September 24, 2013

Spotlight on a Banned Books Week Hero: students and teachers from Glen Ellyn, IL

Throughout Banned Books Week, we will feature Banned Books Week Heroes—outstanding individuals who defended their freedom to read. Today’s featured Heroes are the students and teachers of Glen Ellyn, IL, who fought to keep Stephen Chbosky’s The Perks of Being a Wallflower in their school district. Read about why they chose to defend this novel […]

September 24, 2013

Khaled Hosseini for the Banned Books Week Virtual Read-Out!

On the third day of Banned Books Week, we would like to feature a video from Khaled Hosseini reading a passage from his frequently challenged novel, The Kite Runner. The Kite Runner, was the 6th most frequently challenged novel in 2012 for homosexuality, offensive language, religious viewpoint, and being sexually explicit; and the ninth most frequently challenged […]

September 24, 2013

Responding to the “Invisible Man” Challenge and Ban in North Carolina

The ALA Office for Intellectual Freedom has sent a letter to the Board of Education of Randolph County, NC, concerning its recent ban of Ralph Ellison’s classic Invisible Man from school library shelves.  You can read local coverage of the letter here The letter urges the board to reverse its decision to remove the book, citing constitutional […]

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