Sep 27, 2012

Banned Books Week Hop - And Tango Makes Three & TTYL

It is my pleasure to co-host the Banned Books Week Hop with Kathy from I Am A Reader, Not A Writer! I think my blog title says just a little bit about how I feel about the freedom to read, but in case it wasn't quite clear...I Read Banned Books. And, I support others that do as well! Banned Books Week is a week to celebrate Intellectual Freedom, Don't get hung up on the term "banned," we haven't actually banned a book in years, but we do challenge a book for removal. No bueno.

If this is the only blog post you read about banned books, I want you to take a look at these sites:
Banned Book Week from ALA
Frequently challenged books are listed HERE 

Let's hop! The FULL list can be found HERE1 US winner will win your choice of these titles:

And Tango Makes Three by Justin Richardson and Peter Parnell, Illustrated by Henry Cole
April 25th, 2005 by Simon & Schuster


ttyl by Lauren Myracle
April 1st, 2005 by Abrams

Why did I choose these books? Because these two titles have topped the challenged book list many years since they were published. Plus, its about time you read to see what all the hubbub is about! Fill out the fancy doo-hickey to be officially entered. US only. 

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54 comments:

  1. I've heard great things about TTYL!!! Definitely on my must read list.

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  2. So many books on this list are must-reads for teens and are so important.

    Thank you so much:)

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  3. Wow, I've read lots of banned books and didn't know they were banned. I don't understand banning books. If you don't like the content, don't read it!

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  4. thanks so much for making this international!
    its amazing to see the list of books that are banned sometimes is even funny

    =)

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  5. Thank you for all of the information. There are a lot of surprising books on that list. I agree with if you don't like, don't read. Thanks also for the giveaway!

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  6. I've never heard of either of these books - I've been hopping around the different blogs doing banned book giveaways and it's nice to see there's a ton of variety. Here's hoping I'll be able to check out something totally new!

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  7. I can't believe there is even a banned book list anymore. It seems very simple to just not read the book if you don't like it. And I will be the judge of what my children read, not anyone else.

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  8. So many of the banned books I was REQUIRED to read in school...too bad so many students will miss out on these great books that have something to teach!

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  9. Wow, I haven't read any of the two books. I've heard of ttyl, but I haven't heard of And Tango Makes Three. I think I can speculate as to why these books have been challenged though, haha. :)

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  10. BBW is my favorite week of the year. Celebrate intellectual freedom!

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  11. I think I may have heard of T.T.Y.L., but I don't know what it's about.

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  12. Why was And Tango makes Three banned?

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  13. I don't understand why these are banned books. I have read a lot of them. Thank you for the hop!

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  14. Thanks so much for picking this book for the giveaway. I've wanted
    to read it for a while!

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  15. Intersting choices. I've not read either of these but would love to.

    I agree with you about the freedom to read.

    http://fromthebootheelcottonpatch.blogspot.com/

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  16. Thank you to YOU and Kathy for hosting this event. <3

    And Tango Makes Three is an amazing book! My niece and I read it quite a bit. I'm a fan of her understanding now, while she's young, so it's not a big deal later on. She has a gay uncle...one of my brothers. She loves having 2 uncles! :)

    I have never read ttyl. I need to change that!

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  17. And Tango Makes Three... I love the play on words! Not sure what the book is about, but I bet the innuendo is why it was banned!

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  18. And Tango Makes Three is such a ground-breaking book! I hate that such a good example (with animals, making it even more neutral) of an alternative family is banned, and pretty much has been since it came out! It's simple hate, and I don't know why people can't see that!

    Thanks for the giveaway; both of these books are so worth it!

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  19. Excelent choices! I remember reading "Little Black Sambo" as a child and never knowing it was banned. I still have my copy and I read it to my niece when she was young. Banning just makes no sense to me.

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  20. TTYL is one book I really need to read. We always have a banned books display and kids are always curious about what a banned book is.

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  21. I'd never heard of either of these books, but after reading the synopsis for ttyl it looks amazing! I am totally interested in the epistolary style of writing and would love to see how it works in a book format! Thanks for opening my eyes to this book, I added to my "to read" list on Goodbooks! =)

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  22. I've never heard of And Tango Makes Three, but just looked it up and it might be the cutest thing ever written. Even if I don't win, I'm going to check it out.

    CJ
    Sarcasm&Lemons

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  23. As a librarian, I DO read banned books and I proudly admit to being a Banned Book Pusher.

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  24. Great picks. I've strongly pushed banned books at the library for the past couple of weeks. It's nice to see the books being checked out. :)

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  25. I've never heard of these books. The first one has a cute cover.

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  26. I like you and all authors. Now I am about to say something some might not like to hear, but it is the truth. And Tango Makes Three was on the ALA's top 100 banned books list for 5 years straight, right? After I exposed the ALA for its fraud regarding that book, it has not been on the list since. In 2010, the list had that book in position number 1, the top of the list of most banned books, and the text of the press release said it was challenged dozens of times. I felt awful about that--to think dozens of people in 2010 challenged the book because of supposed homosexuality. I called the ALA to ask how many times it was banned. I spoke with the man who compiled the list, he told me, and he was happy to get the exact number for me. It was four. Four? Four. I said wait, it tops your list, certainly it was in the dozens as your copy says. He said no, only four, the dozens actually refers to all challenges ever in all years, not just 2010. OOhhhhhhh! That makes a BIG difference! So the ALA 1) misled people about the book to say it was challenged dozens of times when in reality it was just four, and 2) has a list of supposedly rampant book bannings where the top of the list was only challenged four times in all of 2010. Big deal. Not news. I'll tell you this, I was very relieved people are not going wild challenging the book due to opposition to homosexuality, as the ALA wanted people to believe to rile up that activist community, to use it, to spread the ALA message further, and it worked.

    See more here, even hear the top 10 listed author #9 I taped admitting the ALA faked the numbers on the list to promote its own political interests: "Banned Books Week is Gay Promotion? Author Admits ALA Faked 2010 Top 10 Challenged Book List"

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  27. My friend read ttyl and she liked it.

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  28. Banned books makes me sick. We need the freedom to make the choice about what we want to read.I am glad that I continue to read what I choose and as a child my Parents let me read openly too. Thanks for the chance to read these.May we all have a open mind as knowledge is power.
    Cyndee(dot)thomas0(at)gmail(dot)com
    Cyndee Thomas

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  29. TTYL sounds so interesting, especially the writing style! Great giveaway
    Possession of Books

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  30. Thank you for sharing your love of reading.

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  31. I've heard so many amazing things about "TTYL", and it'd be great to read either book! Thank you so much for being part of this blog hop, and for your generosity! :D

    Hira
    Email: Enamoredsoul(at)gmail(dot)com
    Twitter: @inluvwithbookz

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  32. Wow ~ I looked over the list of Banned Books (or challenged I suppose) and I've read quite a few and didn't even know they were on such a list!!! Very interesting~ I'd love to read either of these books~ and thank you for the giveaway!

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  33. I'm so excited about Banned Book Week! I think it's a great time to raise awareness about great titles that may have been pushed aside because of their content. I'm also always surprised to see how many titles I've already read! Thanks for the opportunity.

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  34. I LOVE Banned Book Week! I was lucky enought to attend an elementary and high school that celebrated the written word in all forms. They taight me that books were a window to the world. The view from that window could be a dystopian nightmare, a happy childhood, or a fantastical adventure. No matter what the view, they are all welcome in my book!

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  35. When I heard that And tango makes three was a book that people thought was inappropriate for younger children, I couldn't understand it. A couple years ago I showed that book during a banned book lesson that I did with high school students and they didn't even figure out why that book had been questioned.

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  36. That's an interesting list. It's weird how some books are considered inappropriate.
    Thanks for the awesome giveaway!
    cassandrahicks1989@yahoo.com

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  37. I am a new follower, but didn't enter, those are 2 books I would not read, so will leave for someone else to win. :)

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  38. Thank you for taking the time to do a giveaway..and I hope you have a great week.

    truwinner@gmail.com

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  39. Some of my high school students really like ttyl, but I haven't read it yet so I would love to read it. I would also love to read And Tango Makes Three! Thanks for the giveaway, I love this theme!

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  40. I can't believe some of the books that have been banned, it is ridiculous! I remember reading ttyl a few years back when I was in my early teens and there was nothing that I found distasteful. Anyway, thanks for the giveaway.

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  41. I've read quite a few of the banned books and I really never got the concept of why they were banned. I hate that ill informed people are driven by fear of what others might find enjoyable. Thanks for the giveaway. :)

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  42. TTYL i been wanting....I did not know it was a banned book though

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  43. I have never heard of either of these books, but I look forward to reading them if I win!

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  44. I have read TTYL and loved it! :D

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  45. Thanks for this giveaway! I really want to read ttyl. And I have to google the And tango Makes Three book... it doesn't look like it should be "banned."

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  46. Thanks for the great giveaway...as a children's librarian I have always loved "And Tango Makes Three"...it is a fantastic addition to any library's collection and a very often requested and beloved title for many different types of families and readers. It is also sadly often challenged by library patrons and asked to be removed from the collection. Thanks for highlighting it. I would love a copy for my own home for when the time is right for my own son. Great choice!

    Courtney
    Stiletto Storytime

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  47. I've always loved to read the books that others considered "dangerous". I find that the information contained within them is rarely anything truly offensive, but rather challenges conventional thinking and challenges the reader to think for themselves.
    Lisa Hackney
    yankssssrule08 at yahoo dot com

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  48. Thanks for the giveaway. Great choices for books :)

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  49. Thanks for the giveaway :)
    I'm all for intellectual freedom and banning books is wrong. IMO, parents/guardians have the right and responsibility to decide what their children can read based solely on the child's chronological and emotional maturity.

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  50. i really like the theme of this blog hop,such a great idea!!!

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  51. Hello, fellow Austinite and booklover! Thank you for this opportunity. I am not familiar with any of these books....

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  52. I had no idea how many books had been banned. The two books you mentioned are no even familiar to me. Thanks!

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  53. I don't know why they ban these books. They seem fine to me.

    lkish77123 at gmail dot com

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  54. Ok, I've GOT to research why ttyl has been challenged. I've seen many of my students read it.

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