Tuesday, September 11, 2007

Banned Books (book)

Doyle, R. P. (2007). Banned books. Chicago, IL: American Library Association.

Banned Books Week is coming up September 29-October 6. This is a very well organized book with good information for planning Banned Books Week booklists and activities. Contents include an annotated list of 1,724 books that have been challenged and/or banned, notable First Amendment court cases, quotes on the First Amendment, suggested activities, annotated bibliography of First Amendment Resources, and suggestions for dealing with concerns about library resources. This book has extremely useful indexes for looking up things quickly by title, topic, or geography. So if you want to find out what books were challenge and/or banned in Oregon just look it up in the index. Suggested activities are briefly described, they are not lesson plans. Some are simple like having kids make a poster for their favorite banned book, others are more complex like staging a mock trial. There are activities appropriate for 1st-12th grade.