Friday, April 24, 2009

Wait, We Still Have to Have This List?

The ALA put out their annual most frequently challenged books list. To nobody's surprise, it still has penguins, daemons, and scary stories to tell in the dark. Let's hear it for consistency, people.

My eye was caught by #9:
The Kite Runner, by Khaled Hosseini
Reasons: offensive language, sexually explicit, unsuited to age group
To echo a co-worker: "Do they know it was written for adults?"

And yes, okay, it was probably from angry parents of high-schoolers reading it for class, but the disconnect still makes me laugh. And then weep.

1 comment:

Lizzy Maupin said...

I believe it is the parents' responsibility to know what their children are reading and censor accordingly if they see fit. Banning books is lazy, selfish, inconsiderate, and antithetical to the constitution. I know: how about we create a group to burn all the books so we don't have to deal with this anymore; we'll call them "firemen." Sheesh!