Tuesday, September 29, 2009

"Book Challenges? Near Me? Nahhh...." Wanna Bet? Find the Books Being Challenged Near YOU!

Check out this AMAZING interactive Map of Book Challenges in the U.S.A., (put together by The Kids Right To Read Project of the National Coalition Against Censorship) showing by location all the book challenges reported to the American Library Association in the last 2 years!

View Book Bans and Challenges, 2007-2009 in a larger map

Book Bans and Challenges, 2007-2009

Hundreds of books are challenged in schools and libraries in the United States each year. A challenge is an attempt to remove or restrict materials, while a banning reflects the actual removal of those materials. The American Library Association (ALA) provides confidential support to teachers and librarians and tracks challenges that occur. ALA recorded 513 challenges in 2008 but estimates that this reflects only 20-25% of actual incidents, as most challenges are never reported.

This map is drawn from cases documented by ALA and the Kids' Right to Read Project, a collaboration of the National Coalition Against Censorship and the American Booksellers Foundation for Free Expression. Details are available in ALA's "Books Banned and Challenged 2007-2008," and "Books Banned and Challenged 2008-2009," and the "Kids' Right to Read Project Report."

How cool/sad/sobering/infuriating/galvanizing is that?

Get involved.

Read a Banned Book!



Anonymous said...

When I make school visits, I always stress to the kids that those who want to control you - what you think, what you buy, where you live and how you vote - always know the power of words. So read! Rebel!

Adrienne said...

I'm kind of surprised there are none in Utah... Y'know, Mormon capital of the world. :\

Lee Wind, M.Ed. said...

Koja, I love the idea of reading as an act of rebellion!

Adrienne, it just means there were no book challenges REPORTED to the ALA from Utah - it doesn't mean that there were no books challenged there.