Censorship in YAL: Witty Title. Mindy M. Wara Leah Schutte. The Difference Between Challenged and Banned Books.
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Censorship in YAL:Witty Title
Mindy M. Wara
How Often Are Books Challenged?
Why Challenge a Book?
Who Challenges Books?
What Do Students Think about Censorship?
Question 1: How much of a role does your school (teachers, the OASD, etc.) have on what you read?
Question 2: How often do your parents attempt to influence your book choices? How often does this affect your book choices (honestly, how often do you listen?)
Question 3: What “banned books” have you read (in class or on your own)?
Question 4: Should certain books be banned? Why or why not? Who should or should not make the decision what is and is not banned?
Question 4a: If yes, list at least three reasons you believe a book should be banned.
Question 4b: If no, list at least three reasons you believe books should not be banned.
Question 5: Pertaining to your opinion from question 4, list some books you think should be banned, or list some books you think should not be banned.
“Banned Books Week (BBW) is an annual event celebrating the freedom to read and the importance of the First Amendment… Imagine how many more books might be challenged—and possibly banned or restricted—if librarians, teachers, and booksellers across the country did not use Banned Books Week each year to teach the importance of our First Amendment rights and the power of literature, and to draw attention to the danger that exists when restraints are imposed on the availability of information in a free society.”