Have you ever read a banned book bound in black bindings? I haven't, but I have read banned books, and you probably have too.
According to the American Library Association, the three most common reasons books are challenged are: sexuality, offensive language and inappropriateness for the intended age group. Most complaints come from parents and are directed at schools and school libraries.
Challenged books are usually those written for Children and Teens. In fact, the most challenged book from 2006 - 2009 is a children’s picture book titled And Tango Makes Three. It is a true story of two penguins at the New York Zoo that raise a young chick named Tango. So what’s the deal? The penguins are both male. For many parents in the United States and Canada, that is a very big deal.
Other frequently challenged authors you may have read include: Stephenie Meyer, Philip Pullman, Robert Cormier, Walter Dean Myers, Cecily Von Ziegesar, Judy Blume and yes, even J.K. Rowling (not everyone is a Harry Potter fan).
So what do you think? Should anyone have the right to decide what you can and can't read? If so, what reasons would qualify a book for banning? Something to think about the next time you're at your local library.