Monday, September 29, 2008

Banned Books Week: Q&A

All of this information comes from ALA's pages on Banned Books Week.

Q: When did ALA begin observing Banned Books Week?
A: 1982

Q: What is listed as the #1 most-challenged book of the 1990s?
A. Scary Stories (series) by Alvin Schwartz

Q: How many challenges were reported by the Office for Intellectual Freedom in 2005?
A: 405.

Q: Was this number up or down from 2000?
A: Down. In 2000, the OIF reported 646 challenges.

Q: What was the #1 reason books were challenged between 2000 and 2005?
A: Offensive language.

Q: What types of institutions were targeted most often for challenges between 2000 and 2005?
A: School libraries and schools.

Q: What type or category of person initiated the most challenges in the same time period?
A: Parents.

Q: Where is J.K. Rowling on the list of top ten authors challenged 1990 to 2004?
A: #4.

Q: What is the most-challenged book by an author of color, and where did it rank in the overall standings for 1990-2000?
A: I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings by Maya Angelou; it was #3 overall.