Here's a little something that's been sitting in my saved pages since October of 2009 and that I'm finally going to share. It's a list of the top ten books that were banned from American libraries in 2009 according to the American Library Association. Here we go, counting down:
- Flashcards Of My Life
- The Kite Runner
- Uncle Bobby's Wedding
- Gossip Girl series of books
- The Perks Of Being A Wallflower
- Scary Stories series of books
- TTYL; TTFN; L8R; G8R series of books
- His Dark Materials series of books
- And the number one book that was banned from libraries in America during 2009 is And Tango Makes Three
Wow, that last book must be pretty bad to have been banned from so many libraries eh? What horrors must be contained within for it to take the top spot three years running? Well, it's a children's picture book about penguins as you've probably already gathered from the image accompanying this.
And Tango Makes Three, released in 2005, tells the true story of two male penguins who worked together to raise a chick in the Central Park Zoo. Perhaps because it has two males taking positive roles in a familial social situation, the book has been branded as anti-family, anti-religion and anti-ethnic amongst many other complaints from people who obviously don't want their children exposed to the possibility of having the idea that two creatures of the same gender don't commit evil sins when they get together to raise a child.
You can read more about the court cases both for and against general distribution of And Tango Makes Three, as well as the true story it's based on, here.