I began reading up on the books being challenged this past year for a library display. Here are the books for 2012 that are the most frequently challenged books. I had to laugh at some of them, as of the top ten, seven are a part of our high school library collection. One is even on our required summer reading list (for AP Lit/Lang.)
Here is this display:
How was it created?
I took a damaged library book, and tore many pages out. I trimmed them so the page borders did not show, then glued them down randomly on some bulletin board paper. Using black curling ribbon, I made a border. I decided to keep the uneven edges, as I liked the character it gave the display. Nice use of a discarded book, and the repurpose of the pages looks GREAT!
I’m a “font” snob!
I do not like our letter cutouts housed in the library, so I created a powerpoint of my letters, and then printed them out on red paper. When time permitted, I cut out all my letters. (Usually I get student workers to do it, but we haven’t started them yet since our pool of workers comes from the end of Driver’s Ed and the beginning of study hall while kids take turns driving. They have one more week or so of Driver’s Ed in class instruction!) I laid out my text and then book covers.
Hand Hiding Books
The book covers’ pictures are made by placing a hand with a transparent background over the actual book title. I added the “BANNED” logo to the cover as well. I then adding a WARNING label to tell why the book is challenged. Very informative. The warning label generally has the opposite effect on readers.
A Banned Books Week Contest:
During our weeklong recognition, this will be one of the contests. Students will be asked to identify titles, entering themselves into a drawing for each correctly identified book. I created most of this this today during third block, and finished it just after school. Its up and already grabbing attention!!