I 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?