For Banned Books Week 2013, ALA President-Elect Courtney Young read from Toni Morrison’s “The Bluest Eye.”

Just recently Alabama State Senator Bill Holtzclaw (R-Madison) called for a ban on the novel, stating that the book should be removed from libraries and the 11th Grade Common Core reading list because he believes the book is “highly objectionable” and has “no value or purpose.” “The Bluest Eye” is Pulitzer Prize-winning author Toni Morrison’s first novel and is often included in honors and Advanced Placement English classes. Holtzclaw’s demand is just one example of the kinds of book challenges that, if successful, deny students and their parents the right and the freedom to choose books and literature that contain diverse ideas drawn from across the social and political spectrum.

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