National Banned Books Week 2011

Banned Books Week is an annual event where we celebrate our freedom to read and encourage discussion about the issue of censorship and the importance of the first amendment in schools, bookstores, and libraries.

Challenges are an attempt to remove or restrict an item from the curriculum or library based upon the objections of a person or group. These objections are made for a number of reasons, but as you can imagine, books portraying homosexuality are a big part of the list. See the 100 Most Banned/Challenged Book List, 2000-2009.

 The fourth most banned or challenged book on this list, and topping the list each individual year from 2006 to 2011, is And Tango Makes Three, an award-winning children’s story by Justin Richardson and Peter Parnell. In this heartwarming book based on a true story from Central Park Zoo, two male penguins adopt an abandoned egg and raise a baby penguin named Tango.

 Stop by the library this week to browse our display of frequently challenged or banned books. Don’t let the caution tape deter you–celebrate your freedom to read!