Claudia Pinto of the Tennessean called several times this week for background information on Intellectual Freedom and book challenges. She had a copy of ALA’s 2009 list of the most challenged books and was writing an article. I was happy to answer her questions, send her links to this blog and connect her with one of my favorite supporters of intellectual freedom – one of my teachers Susan Norwood. Please go check out the article here Be sure to click the link to the list of books and to the side is a picture link leading to a slide show of the Most Challenged books.
I think the article is very well-written but I am totally biased here. Readers of the Tennessean frequently comment and I have been worried that some of the more aggressive commenters would provoke a battle. So far, it seems intellectual freedom is winning.
As you know, I believe in openness and the Freedom of Information, so I think it’s good the list of books that are restricted in my district has come to light for all to see. Do I agree with the list? What?! Are you kidding me? Why on earth would I ban or restrict Judy Blume? I do think it is vital that others see this list. Perhaps we should go back and "reconsider" these materials to put them back IN the collections and remove restrictions.