Banned Books Week (September 25, 2010-October 2, 2010), is an annual event that celebrates the freedom to read and the importance of the First Amendment. This event is always held during the last week of September. To view the “top 10 most banned and challenged books from 2009,” please visit http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yxJBFMp-2sI. This video shows the book covers and it also says why this book was challenged to banned.
For more information about Banned Books Week, visit http://www.bannedbooksweek.org/, You can also visit http://www.ncte.org/action/anti-censorship?source=gs to receive details from the Anti-Censorship Center at NCTE (National Council of Teachers of English).
The following link will take you to a site that gives examples of how to celebrate Banned Books Week in a classroom: http://www.readwritethink.org/classroom-resources/calendar-activities/ready-celebrate-banned-books-20295.html#websites.
The Rohrbach Library has 2 kits that can be checked out to help when a book is being challenged. These kits, published by NCTE, are called “Rationales for Challenged Books” (volumes 1 & 2). These kits can be found in the Curriculum Materials Center of the library and contain a CD with in-depth rationales that can be used to fight against the censorship of hundreds of commonly taught works.. Their call numbers are:
Volume 1– Z1019 .R38 1998
Volume 2– Z1019.R382 2005