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ACLU: Banned Books Week
- The American Civil Liberties Union web site from 1998, with a discussion of book banning and links to resources, lists of frequently banned books, and related topics.
ALA: Banned Books Week 2000
- This year's Banned Books Week, with the theme "Fish in the River of Knowledge, Celebrate Your Freedom to Read," will be observed from September 23-30, 2000. For a good overview of the event and why it is important to call attention to banned and challenged books, check out this site from the American Library Association.
ALA: Top 100 Banned or Challenged Books of 1990-1999
- A list of the most frequently challenged books of the 1990s, based on the 5,718 challenges reported to ALA's Office for Intellectual Freedom.
BAN Harry Potter? NO!
- Supports Harry Potter in the schools. Reviews and discussion.
Ban These Books Too; It's Only Fair
- A satirical plea to ban Shakespeare and the Bible on the same basis that other books have been banned.
Banned Books On-Line
- Special exhibit of books that have been the objects of censorship or censorship attempts.
Banned Books and Censorship -- A Closer Look at Book Banning
- Every year, books in the U.S. and around the world are challenged. Some of the challenged books are banned, some aren't. The punishment for ignoring these bans range from almost nonexistent to severe. Here are some sites that deal with who bans these books, and why.
Banned Books, Weak
- With a perspective that is critical of the way Banned Books Week is put into practice, this site from disinformation calls attention to the banned books you might not have heard about. Also contains a set of links to other banning sites.
Banning Books from the Classroom: How To Handle Cries for Censorship
- This informative article from education World is mainly aimed at teachers, but it is useful for anyone concerned with book banning and censorship in schools. Challenges to school materials are a common occurrence. How should such challenges be handled? How can they be avoided?
Bonfire of Liberties
- A gallery of photographs, cartoons, and other historical images related to freedom of speech and censorship, presented by the Texas Humanities Resource Center.
Censored: Wielding the Red Pen
- This exhibition from the University of Virginia Libraries includes numerous cover images of censored books, plus thoughtful and informative commentary.
Librarians Are Corrupting Kids
- Site dedicated to disputed books and free speech rights.
Look Out, Harry Potter! -- Book Banning Heats Up
- This article from Education World explores the issue of book banning with a special focus on the Rowling's Harry Potter books, and includes a set of resources for establishing procedures in school systems to handle challenges to popular books.
Most Frequently Challenged Books in the US in the early 1990s
- A list of the 50 most frequently challenged titles in schools and public libraries between 1990 and 1992, based on Herbert Foerstel's book, Banned in the U.S.A.
Muggles for Harry Potter
- Organization to support kids, parents and teachers who are fighting school officials and others who want to ban classroom "read alouds" of Potter books and other controversial works, remove the books from library shelves, and otherwise restrict their use.
Shameful Book Banning in Rockford, Illinois
- Describes a case where a school board voted to ban a book about youth gang culture, to the dismay of many in the community.
What Johnny Can't Read: Censorship in American Libraries
- Essay by Suzanne Fisher Staples on censorship in American school libraries.
When the Censor Comes
- "The Book and Periodical Council is proud to present this guide for librarians, teachers, booksellers and others who face righteous-minded censors, usually without warning or time to prepare."
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