The Absolutely True Story of a Part-Time Doctoral Student (and Full-Time Teacher)

October 7, 2009

“Challenged” Books

Filed under: Uncategorized — rachaelski @ 2:21 pm

One of my higher groups of readers was looking for a new book to read during their literature circles time. I suggested a book I loved, The Perks of Being a Wallflower. There is mature content in the story, but these girls are in 8th grade and are reading well above their reading level. As a good teacher should, I send home a letter to the parents asking if this would be an okay book for the kids to read and outlined some of the adult issues. Initially, the parents said it would be okay, but today I received an email from a parent changing her mind — she CC’d all the other parents in the group. As the day progressed, a couple more parents emailed me. One was nice, saying she thought it was okay, but understood other parental concern. The next wanted to call a parent meeting, attached a link to commonly challenged books, and then subtly accused me of being the cause of her daughter’s decreased reading level (taken in the first weeks of school). This parent linked a list of “challenged” books. I decided to search these “challenged” books further. Titles such as Catcher in the Rye, The Outsiders, BLUBBER (?), and tons of other books I’ve read have made this list. Here is the list of the 100 most commonly challenged books from 1990-2000.