Thursday, September 28, 2006

Banned Books Week, are you celebrating?

It's almost over, you might miss it!

Don't despair, mostly politicians, librarians, and activist parents already are on top of all this. They will do our dirty work (link to song) for us.

[Missing here from the Barclay set is the LETTERS to the HEBREWS -- I've been using that one. Click on picture for full screen size]

ALA Banned Books Week (link, click this):
"Banned Books Week,
Free People Read Freely ®,
September 23-30, 2006"

I'm sure we need someone to monitor this situation. Without the ALA competitors would be bribing the elected officials right and left to get the other guy's book(s) banned.

I think some of them around here go overboard, but it's win some and lose some. So come on strong and get what you really want by conceding what you didn't care about in the beginning.

I don't know a lot about most of these books listed below. I do agree with the banning of "It's Perfectly Normal" by Robie Harris. It is aimed at an audience way too young to even be worrying about the topics (sexual and sexual orientation) covered.

The Judy Blume book, "Forever", uses language I wouldn't think about using and wouldn't care to even start reading. Should it be banned? I'd say put it behind the counter and do the show I.D thing.

I also would think less of my neighbor for reading "Forever" but I don't think I would want the law preventing him from reading it.

"In anticipation of the 25th anniversary of Banned Books Week (September 23-30, 2006), the American Library Association (ALA) compiled the top 10 most challenged books from 2000-2005, with the Harry Potter series of books leading the pack. The 10 most challenged books of the 21st Century (2000-2005) are:
1. Harry Potter series by J.K. Rowling
2. "The Chocolate War" by Robert Cormier
3. Alice series by Phyllis Reynolds Naylor
4. "Of Mice and Men" by John Steinbeck
5. "I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings" by Maya Angelou
6. "Fallen Angels" by Walter Dean Myers
7. "It's Perfectly Normal" by Robie Harris
8. Scary Stories series by Alvin Schwartz
9. Captain Underpants series by Dav Pilkey
10. "Forever" by Judy Blume"

[From Most Challenged Books of 21st Century (2000-2005) , The American Library Association (

Your turn:
What do you know about any of these books?
Should they be banned?
Which ones [there are longer lists on the ALS site]?

I haven't read any of these, but have seen the play, "Of Mice and Men" by John Steinbeck.
The play was ok [the acting by the Houston Theatre Under The Stars (TUTS) was really good] but I didn't like the story, it portrayed too hard and sad a life onto the lead characters.
Two of the granddaughters are Harry Potter fans. Mrs. Jim and I went to the Harry Potter Party held by our bookstore here in the Woodlands for the new release.
That party started at midnight. We were the envy of the granddaughters and we didn't even buy anything, not a first day copy of the book.
I have not read any of these books. I only read rated PG and nothing over maybe thats why I have not perused these on your list. Tsk Tsk!
I know of the Harry Potter books (but haven't read them, seen the movies and they were okay but didn't entice me to want to read the books).
Have read "Of Mice and Men" and wasn't overly impressed by it. Don't know about the other books. I don't think any books should be banned altho' depending on the topic if need be should be kept away from young eyes. Enjoyed your picture story on the raising of the windmill.
Two of my grandchildren also are Harry Potter fans, I have seen all the movies with them. Also read the books. In humble opinion the first couple were by far the better. The movies varied a little from the books as is often the case. Cheers Margaret
Never read any of those Jim.

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