October 26, 2008

Banned books list

Lauren in our text measurement group is getting a library studies degree and has been feeding the rest of us some really interesting information. Here's a USA Today article on book-banning efforts around the country. It has a great sortable table at the bottom of the article that is really worth checking out -- it contains the reasons that requests have been made to ban a book, as well as the eventual decision that librarians and educators made about the book.

Here are the top ten most frequently challenged books, and their Lexile measures:

And Tango Makes Three by Justin Richardson and Peter Parnell: AD720L
The Chocolate War by Robert Cormier: 820L
Olive's Ocean by Kevin Henkes: 680L
The Golden Compass by Philip Pullman: 930L
The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn by Mark Twain: 990L
The Color Purple by Alice Walker: NC670L
TTYL by Lauren Myracle: NP
I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings by Maya Angelou: 1070L
It's Perfectly Normal by Robie Harris: no measure
The Perks of Being A Wallflower by Stephen Chbosky: 720L

-- posted by Chris Vitiello, School-Based Initiatives

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