Banned Books Week Giveaway Hop 2012

Welcome to the Banned Books Week Giveaway Hop, hosted by I Am A Reader, Not A Writer, and I Read Banned Books.

The idea of the “hop” is that a whole bunch of blogs plan different giveaways, then link up to make it easier for visitors to find and enter the giveaways. This hop runs from Friday, September 28th to Saturday, October 6th. The winner will be announced on Sunday, October 7th.

Banned Books Week is an annual week-long celebration of our freedom to read, sponsored largely by the American Library Association.  Even though books aren’t really banned nationally in the US, there are frequent challenges of reading materials that occur each year, mainly in classrooms and libraries.  While not every book is always appropriate for every collection, Banned Books Week reminds us that we should make evaluations about materials before immediately pulling them from shelves.

Some books that have been frequently challenged in the past few years include Stephanie Meyer’s Twilight, Suzanne Collins’ The Hunger Games, Sherman Alexie’s The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian, and The Golden Compass by Philip Pullman.

To celebrate Banned Books Week, I’ll be giving away one book of the winner’s choice off of 2011′s most challenged books:

  1. ttyl; ttfn; l8r, g8r (series), by Lauren Myracle
    Reasons: offensive language; religious viewpoint; sexually explicit; unsuited to age group
  2. The Color of Earth (series), by Kim Dong Hwa
    Reasons: nudity; sex education; sexually explicit; unsuited to age group
  3. The Hunger Games trilogy, by Suzanne Collins
    Reasons: anti-ethnic; anti-family; insensitivity; offensive language; occult/satanic; violence
  4. My Mom’s Having A Baby! A Kid’s Month-by-Month Guide to Pregnancy, by Dori Hillestad Butler
    Reasons: nudity; sex education; sexually explicit; unsuited to age group
  5. The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian, by Sherman Alexie
    Reasons: offensive language; racism; religious viewpoint; sexually explicit; unsuited to age group
  6. Alice (series), by Phyllis Reynolds Naylor
    Reasons: nudity; offensive language; religious viewpoint
  7. Brave New World, by Aldous Huxley
    Reasons: insensitivity; nudity; racism; religious viewpoint; sexually explicit
  8. What My Mother Doesn’t Know, by Sonya Sones
    Reasons: nudity; offensive language; sexually explicit
  9. Gossip Girl (series), by Cecily Von Ziegesar
    Reasons: drugs; offensive language; sexually explicit
  10. To Kill a Mockingbird, by Harper Lee
    Reasons: offensive language; racism

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5 Responses to Banned Books Week Giveaway Hop 2012

  1. Holly Letson says:

    Would the graphic novel be an alright choice for this? If not, the normal book of the same would be fine.

  2. I hear from teachers all the time at work about the ttyl series; they always wonder if we have it in our library, for the reasons you have stated. I work in an elementary library, so we don’t, but our middle school does. I will have to check them out, I am really curious about the series now!

  3. You know, with as “free” as our society seems to be these days, it’s hard to imagine anything being banned in schools. I definitely think it’s absurd and to the benefit of a child/teen to read most, if not all, of these works because then it opens them up to a new point of view. People need to learn to have an open mind more often. Glad to see a post celebrating these “banned” books!

  4. dian aesha says:

    thanks for the giveaway ^^

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