Wasn't that a fun video?!?
For those that are unaware, the banning of books in the United States in general is very rare. Challenging books, on the other hand, are not. Here are a few facts behind the challenges of Montana . . .
The MOST challenged AUTHOR is Judy Blume.
PARENTS make up the majority of the population that bring forth the challenges against books. And, most of the challenges occur in SCHOOL libraries and/or curriculum.
The most frequent complaint that leads to challenges is SEX. However, other topics that tend to be raised are violence, evolution, and even the disbelief in the Holocaust.
Though challenges do tend to come from the more CONSERVATIVE population, complaints are not completely one-sided; any and all perspectives are represented in challenges.
In 1996, The Giver by Lois Lowry was challenged in one community, resulting in a decision to LIMIT the book to certain age groups.
In 2002, I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings by Maya Angelou was challenged. The resulting decision was to keep the book a part of the curriculum, but also to offer an ALTERNATE option to students.
I leave you with a fabulous video from author Dav Pilkey, the author behind Captain Underpants, one of the most challenged books in the country. It is a great message that I agree with 100%!
Are you aware of the ban and challenge facts in your own state? What books do you hear being challenged the most in your own area?