I haven't decided which banned to read in celebration of my intellectual freedom, but I'll definitely pick something tomorrow evening — 'cause that's when I plan to start reading it!
Meanwhile, I thought I'd share a roundup of the most interesting BBW-inspired links I've come across.
- Nifty interactive map showing locations of documented challenges. Click on the pins for exact location information and links to challenge letters. Yowza.
- ALA lists of the 100 most frequently challenged books of the decade: 1990–1999 and 2000–2010.
- ALA's description of the difference between a banning and a challenge.
- Article at the DePauw University site stressing the continued importance of BBW.
- TIME article on banned books from 1938.
- Q&A with ALA about how books get banned.
- List of books you might not expect to see banned. (Two dictionaries made this list, people!)
- Opinion piece on, hey!, not banning books.
- Opinion piece that misses the mark (in my opinion) by calling age-appropriate book selection by professionals a form of book banning. (But, clearly, the writer also wants to keep books out of her child's school library based on what she doesn't want HER child to read.)