Censorship of Literature
Grade Level: 10-12 grade
1. 120 Banned Books: Censorship Histories of World Literature
Karolides, Nicholas J., Margaret Bald, and Dawn B. Sova. 120 Banned Books: Censorship Histories of World Literature. New York: Checkmark, 2011. Print.
120 Banned Books: Censorship Histories of World Literature is an updated listing of banned books and the reasoning behind their banning.
2. Fahrenheit 451
Bradbury, Ray. Fahrenheit 451. New York: Simon & Schuster, 2003. Print.
What if you lived in a world where reading was against the law? Fahrenheit 451 is a dystopic version of a future in which firemen light fires in order to destroy books.
3. The Encyclopedia of Censorship
Green, Jonathon, and Nicholas J. Karolides. The Encyclopedia of Censorship. New York: Facts On File, 2005. Print.
Encyclopedia covers many but not all hot topic issues in censorship in overview from 1990-2000
4. The Last Safe Place on Earth
Peck, Richard. The Last Safe Place on Earth. New York: Delacorte, 1995. Print.
The Last Safe Place on Earth, deals with censorship in the light of religious fanaticism
5. Farhenheit 451
Fahrenheit 451. Dir. François Truffaut and Laurent Bouzereau. Perf. Oskar Werner and Julie Christie. Vineyard Films [production Company, 1966. DVD.
1966 adaptation of Ray Bradbury’s novel on a world in which censorship has become law and the possession of a book is punishable by the burning of the book, your home, and you within.
6. The Kid’s Right to Read Project
"The Kids' Right to Read Project." The Kids' Right to Read Project. National Coalition Against Censorship. Web. 7 Nov. 2011. <http://ncac.org/Kids-Right-to-Read>.
The Kids’ Right to Read Projects was established in order to provide education and advocacy in helping those who are faced with challenges to the right to read.
7. Challenged Children’s Books
"Challenged Children's Books | University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign." University Library at University of Illinois at Urbana Champaign. Web. 12 Nov. 2011. <http://www.library.illinois.edu/edx/challenged.htm>.
S-Collection located at the University Library at the University of Illinois in which the titles are banned books and are divided into reading levels.
8. NCTE Anti-Censorship Center
"Anti-Censorship Center." National Council of Teachers of English - Homepage. Web. 12 Nov. 2011. <http://www.ncte.org/action/anti-censorship>.
The NCTE website (National Council of Teachers of English, helps teachers and librarians to establish policies that help when confronted with censorship challenges. The site provides a variety of links to other censorship websites.
9. The Online Books Page
"Banned Books Online." The Online Books Page. Dec. 2002. Web. 12 Nov. 2011. <http://onlinebooks.library.upenn.edu/banned-books.html>.
General article and overview of a variety of censorship issues and imbedded with a various hyperlinks to those books and authors discussed.
10. ALA Banned Books
"ALA | Banned & Challenged Books." ALA | Home - American Library Association. Web. 12 Nov. 2011. <http://www.ala.org/ala/issuesadvocacy/banned/index.cfm>.
The ALA (American Library Association) is the primary association for those within the library community and the Banned Books page provides links and statements issued by the ALA concerning the right to read and student rights.
11. Controversial and Banned Books
Banned and Controversial Books. Web. 12 Nov. 2011. <http://www.banned-books.com/>.
Celebrate the right to read in October and take a tour of authors and books that have been banned. Hyperlinked encyclopedia type page.
12. Websites on Banned Books and Censorship
"Websites on Banned Books and Censorship." Websites on Banned Books and Censorship. Web. 7 Nov. 2011. <http://lib.williamson-tn.org/YA/bbwwebsites.pdf>.
List of 10 websites that discuss censorship or provide copies of banned books.