Sunday, September 26, 2010

Banned Books Week, Day 2

Celebrating your right to read, here's another book that some people don't want you to read.

I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings by Maya Angelou (Bantam). Restricted to students with parental permission at the Ocean View School District middle school libraries in Huntington Beach, Calif. (2009), because the "book's contents were inappropriate for children." Challenged in the Newman-Crows Landing, Calif., School District (2009) on a required reading list presented by the Orestimba High English Department. A trustee questioned the qualifications of Orestimba staff to teach a novel depicting African American culture. All this despite the fact that the book is considered one of the greatest literary autobiographical books ever.