Banned Books Week and reading about dogs.

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22-28 September is Banned Books Week! This is a week to celebrate our freedom to read whatever we want. There are a few books on the banned books lists through out the years that have dogs in them.

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The Call of the Wild By Jack London is #33 on the American Library Associations list of Banned and Challenged Classics. It was even one of those books famously burned by the Nazi Regime in 1933. There are so many reasons this book keeps popping up on the list from shinning a negative light on the native Alaskans, to the fact that some believed London to be an outspoken supporter of Socialism. (It is one of my favorite books 🙂 )

Cujo by Steven King was #49 on the American Library Associations list of banned books for 1990-1999 . Reasons were cited as “profanity and sexually objectionable material.”

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And not really dogs…but close descendants…wolves play a part on the Banned Books List too.

Julie of the Wolves by Jean Craighead George was #32 on the ALA list in 1990-1999 and #91 on the 200-2009 list

Walter the Farting Dog by William Kotzwinkle and Glenn Murray, and illustrated by Audrey Colman has been challenged numerous times in 2004 and 2005 for the use of the word “fart”

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The biggest thing I found recently while I was checking out banned and challenged books is that with the rise of Breed Specific Legislation there was actually one library in Australia in 2008 that banned the stocking of the book Pit Bulls and Tenacious Guard Dogs. Local media asked about the banning: 

A council spokeswoman confirmed the policy.
“In 2001, Under Local Law 4 (Animal Management) Logan City Council placed a ban on, among others, pit bull terriers and American pit bulls,’’ she said.
“Therefore, Logan City Council libraries do not stock literature on any of the prohibited breeds.’‘

Breed Specific Legislation DOES NOT WORK! And banning books about certain breeds of dogs strikes me as a bit ludicrous!

Take some time this week to read a banned book! Pick up a copy of Call of the Wild or if you like Stephen King…read Cujo and support your freedom to read what you want!

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