Just last January, a huge debate sparked when the fourth most-banned book in American schools, Huckleberry Finn, was released in a special edition censoring all 219 uses of the “n-word” and uses of “injun.” (Click here for a quick run-down.) It seems that 2011 is a big year for the censorship conversation, because it’s hitting BEA hard.
This morning featured a panel to discuss book banning, particularly in schools and libraries. Some of the main books discussed were those educating children about the human body — books that include drawings and descriptions of the human anatomy, such as It’s Perfectly Normal by Robie Harris. Another recently targeted book was the YA historical novel Speak by Laurie Halse Anderson, who fought book banning on her own by sending Speak to libraries, encouraging librarians to form their own opinions.
I grew up reading It’s Perfectly Normal, and I loved it — there was a cute little bird and a bee cartoon on every page. What do you think about these books being in libraries?
What’s your stance on library and school book banning?