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stargirlI decided I better learn the difference between a banned book and a challenged book if I want to be an author. And because, like YA author, Kurtis Scaletta, I hope to someday have a banned book. So, here’s what I learned:

According to the American Library Association, or ALA, “A challenge is an attempt to remove or restrict materials, based upon the objections of a person or group.  A banning is the removal of those materials.”

Well, I guess that was kind of obvious.

Here’s a list of the 100 most challenged children’s books from 1990-2000. I think I have a mental roadblock when it comes to this sort of thing. I can’t figure out why most of these books are challenged. I get that people don’t like cursing and poo-pooing religion, but I still find myself going, Really?

I read a lot of children’s books, I think. My total of read-books from this list is exactly 50. Many of my favorites are on there, including Stargirl, Sloppy Firsts, The Perks of Being A Wallflower, A View From Saturday, My Heartbeat, and Hard Love. My life without these books would be a lesser life.

How about you? How many of these books have you read? Which ones have changed you?