Wednesday, September 30, 2009
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Tuesday, September 29, 2009
I never realized that there were "banned" books until I was in 11th grade. My Lit teacher told us that we were going to read classical books that were not on the banned list but we could read books on the banned list on our own outside of class! I asked after class what were "banned" books because I had no clue! I would have loved to have had access to the Internet at that time because I would have Googled "banned books."
I just heard that there is Banned Books Awareness Week, September 26- October 3. This is what Half Price Books has to say about this week: Speak freely. Write candidly. Read endlessly. Celebrate your First Amendment rights during Banned Books Awareness Week, September 26 - October 3. And remember that Half Price Books buys and sells anything ever printed or recorded, including banned and challenged books. We applaud the courageous authors who open our eyes to controversial topics.
Here is a list of the top 100 banned books as listed by 100bannedbooks .
1. 1984 by George Orwell
2. Adventures of Huckleberry Finn (1885) by Mark Twain
3. Adventures of Tom Sawyer by Mark Twain
4. Age of Reason by Thomas Paine
5. Andersonville (1955) by MacKinlay Kantor
6. Animal Farm by George Orwell
7. 1001 Arabian Nights by Geraldine McCaughrean
8. As I Lay Dying (1932) by William Faulkner
9. The Bastard by John Jakes
10. Beloved by Toni Morrison
11. Black Beauty by Anna Sewell
12. Bless Me, Ultima by Rudolfo A. Anaya
13. Blubber by Judy Blume
14. Bluest Eye by Toni Morrison
15. Brave New World by Aldous Huxley
16. Bridge to Terabithia by Katherine Paterson
17. Call of the Wild by Jack London
18. Can Such Things Be? by Ambrose Bierce
19. Candide by Voltaire
20. Canterbury Tales by Geoffrey Chaucer
21. Carrie by Stephen King
22. Catch 22 by Joseph Heller
23. Catcher in the Rye (1951) by J. D. Salinger
24. Charlie and the Chocolate Factory by Roald Dahl
25. The Chocolate War by Robert Cormier
26. Civil Disobedience by Henry David Thoreau
27. A Clockwork Orange by Anthony Burgess
28. Color Purple by Alice Walker
29. Confessions by JeanbyJacques Rousseau
30. Christine by Stephen King
31. Cujo by Stephen King
32. Curses, Hexes, and Spells by Daniel Cohen
33. Daddy's Roommate by Michael Willhoite
34. A Day No Pigs Would Die by Robert Peck
35. Death of a Salesman by Arthur Miller
36. Death in Venice by Thomas Mann
37. Decameron by Boccaccio
38. Dubliners by James Joyce
39. Fahrenheit 451 by Ray Bradbury
40. Fallen Angels by Walter Myers
41. Fanny Hill by John Cleland
42. Flowers For Algernon by Daniel Keyes
43. Forever by Judy Blume
44. Frankenstein by Mary Shelley
45. The Goats by Brock Cole
46. Gone With the Wind by Margaret Mitchell
47. Grapes of Wrath (1939) by John Steinbeck
48. Grendel by John Champlin Gardner
49. Hamlet by William Shakespeare
50. Handmaid's Tale by Margaret Atwood
51. Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone by J.K. Rowling
52. Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets by J.K. Rowling
53. Harry Potter and the Prizoner of Azkaban by J.K. Rowling
54. Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire by J.K. Rowling
55. Heather Has Two Mommies by Leslea Newman
56. House of Spirits by Isabel Allende
57. Howl by Allen Ginsberg
58. How to Eat Fried Worms by Thomas Rockwell
59. I Have to Go by Robert Munsch
60. I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings by Maya Angelou
61. James and the Giant Peach by Roald Dahl
62. Jude the Obscure by Thomas Hardy
63. Jump Ship to Freedom by James Lincoln Collier and Christopher Collier
64. King Lear by William Shakespeare
65. Lady Chatterley's Lover by D.H. Lawrence
66. The Learning Tree by Gordon Parks
67. Leaves of Grass by Walt Whitman
68. Lolita (1955) by Vladimir Nabokov
69. Lord of the Flies by William Golding
70. Lysistrata by Aristophanes
71. Macbeth by William Shakespeare
72. Merchant of Venice by William Shakespeare
73. Moll Flanders by Daniel Defoe
74. Monk by Matthew Lewis
75. Native Son by Richard Wright
76. Nigger of the Narcissus by Joseph Conrad
77. Of Mice and Men by John Steinbeck
78. One Flew Over The Cuckoo's Nest by Ken Kesey
79. One Hundred Years of Solitude by Gabriel Garcia Marquez
80. Ordinary People by Judith Guest
81. Origin of the Species by Charles Darwin
82. Our Bodies, Ourselves by Boston Women's Health Collective
83. Portnoy's Complaint (1969) by Philip Roth
84. Private Parts by Howard Stern
85. Rights of Man by Thomas Paine
86. Satanic Verses by Salman Rushdie
87. Scarlet Letter by Nathaniel Hawthorne
88. Separate Peace by John Knowles
89. Silas Marner by George Eliot
90. SlaughterhousebyFive by Kurt Vonnegut, Jr.
91. Song of Solomon by Toni Morrison
92. Sons & Lovers by D.H. Lawrence
93. The Story of Little Black Sambo by Helen Bannerman
94. Tarzan of the Apes by Edgar Rice Burroughs
95. To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee
96. Tropic of Capricorn by Henry Miller
97. Twelfth Night by William Shakespeare
98. Ulysses by James Joyce
99. Uncle Tom's Cabin by Harriet Beecher Stowe
100. Wrinkle in Time byMadeleine L'Engle
I found a great site that goes into why books are banned. Go to Delete Censorship for more information. Some books stay on the list. Others get added or deleted over time.
Motivation to ban a book stems from an individual feeling that their family values, religion, political views and or minority rights are being threatened. From there they just gather supporters and up it climbs the chain to get it banned. If you don't like the book for whatever reason then don't read it. Simple as that. FYI- The Harry Potter Books are the #1 most challenged books of the 21st century!
My opinion is that as a mother there might be books that I do not want my children to read. I do not feel a need to impose that on every child in America. As I looked over this list I see may books my daughters have already read. Some of the books on the list we are reading for High School Literature! This is something we will be discussing as we read and study together.
Friday, September 25, 2009
On Oct. 8th you can join others and read The Very Hungry Caterpillar and join in to beat the record of the most people reading the same book on the same day! This is sponsored by Wal-Mart and the book is available for you there for $8. The proceeds of the sale will be donated to JUMPSTART!
Thursday, September 10, 2009
In turn, their promise is to donate a meal to a child and their family in need through Feeding America. According to their site "Feeding American is the nation's leading domestic hunger-relief charity, which serves an estimated nine million children annually. The goal is to turn up to 100,000 promises from moms like you into up to 100,000 meals from Lunchables Lunch Combinations for kids in need."
When my daughters were younger and went out for school this is something I would do for them! One time I found a stack of the notes where they had saved their notes! Now that we are homeschooled I don't do lunch notes because we are all home together for lunch. My pledge is to do something special for 3 weeks on one lunch day (I have 3 girls so we can all share in the special treat). Thanks for this reminder!
We will be tweeting with the hashtag #Lunchables!
Of course you will come and learn a lot and even have a chance to win a prize!!
Go to ResourcefulMommy to RSVP and get all the juicy details!!
Saturday, September 5, 2009
A few months ago I was at a site warming for The Online Mom put on by ResourcefulMommy. What a little gem tangled in the wide world of webbing! I became a member of her site, fan on Twitter and Facebook.
From the site it states: "The Online Mom provides internet technology advice and information to help parents protect their kids, encourage responsible behavior and safely harness the power of technology in the new digital world. Social networking, photo sharing, video games, IM & texting, internet security, cyberbullying, educational resources, the latest on tech hardware, gadgets and software for kids 3-8, tweens and teens, and more."
I love the INTERNET section on her site. It covers how the internet works, e-commerce, educational tools, search engines, e-mail, instant messages, social networks, blogging, photo & video sharing, pornography & other dangers, and internet security tools.
This is the go to place for all your answers on what is going on with the Internet. Do you like reading high tech information that you don't understand? I bet you don't and you won't find that here. They easily explain these subjects quickly and move on to the next topic!
As a mom I try and be in the KNOW before I'm asked by my girls if they can join such and such on the internet and send the photo to such and such and so on. There have been times when they have asked me if they can join something that I didn't know about. So before I say yes they know I must check it out.
I found that The Online Mom is just the place to go to to explain things like Facebook, Texting acronyms, search engines, filters, etc. We are a homeschooling family and rely heavily on the internet. It is a wonderful resource that can no longer be ignored. Most likely your child uses the computer at home and at school. Guess what? They also use the computer at their friends house! Do yourself and your child a favor and learn all that you can to protect them.
Are you curious as to what MP3 players, thumb drives, video games, computers, phones, cameras, GPS devices and so on that your kids are wanting? Do you want to know how these products work? This site is the place to go to education yourself and arm yourself for the up and coming technology choices your kids are making for themselves based on what their friends have and what the TV tells them that they need to have.
I know that you are you ready to go check out The Online Mom right now! Sign up for the RSS feed and get weekly newsletters. Do you have a question that you can't seem to find the answer for? Click on ASK THE ONLINE MOM to submit your question.
You can also connect
- On Twitter with The Online Mom founder Monica Vila. She has tweetchats every Wednesday night using the hashtag #theonlinemom. Chats discuss everything from privacy on social networks to back to school gadgets.
- On Facebook where she has fan giveaways starting this Wednesday and running through Monday, September 21st. The giveaway includes a Nintendo Wii game system and some other prizes to fans who complete various fan challenges over the almost two-week contest period. Fan challenges will be announced by The Online Mom status updates, so fans will have to keep an eye on their home page newsfeed or check back on the page regularly for info.
This post will be in a series of post about The Online Mom website. I am participating in a blog promotion of her site and will be reviewing products and writing reviews. I was given this opportunity through Momfluence.
Friday, September 4, 2009
Just a few weeks ago on our summer jaunt, my youngest took 3 new activities from Rand McNally with her on the trip! Thanks to Rand McNally through The Product Review Place these activities were given to us to try out for our trip!
Rand McNally just introduced a series of innovative games and activities to keep kids entertained and families connected in the car. The Boredom Breakers™ line is designed to bring families together, encouraging conversation, laughter and fun making the miles fly by for moms and kids on the go.
Here are the activities Emily and I tried. We don't have pictures because I was driving.
THIS WAS FUN because she inflated the microphone and I held it and sang "TWIST and SHOUT" while I drove. She was embarrassed that I did this but I didn't care because it was CAR KARAOKE!!! I love the microphone and plan on using it for school too!
EMILY is very creative. She loves stickers! She whipped this one out of the package while I was singing some tunes on the Car Karaoke. I was a bad mom and would hit her with the inflatable microphone. So just be aware that it can be used to bonk someone in the head.
Anyhow she loved the Magnet Message Maker. She used the green license plate magnetic and spelled out Kentucky and Nana & Papa. That is where we were headed! She added other fun stickers that were included as well. She did have to take off one and it stuck right back on and never came off. We had to make a stop to put the magnetic on the back of the car! I really didn't think it would stay on! Well it survived the trip and a week later it is still on the car!
Dear child was tired of me singing and slipped in the Story Starter CD. She loved the characters in the stories! Emily is all about mystery so this was by far her favorite. She only got through 4 stories. So we still have more fun to go on this one too!
The other two Boredom Breakers are Car Game Countdown and Travel Card Games. We will check into these before our next trip!! Best things is we still have more fun to explore on the other 3!
I loved it that there weren't any small pieces to get lost on the floor. Best thing ever though which allows me to give these games 2 thumbs up, a twist and a shake is the fact that the hard plastic package was super easy to open up! No scissors or axes required! Easy perforated tabs in the back!!! Thank you Rand McNally! About time someone got it right!
So if you are headed out of town for the long weekend I suggest you grab a few of these! Someone said that they saw these at a book store in town. You can also order them at Rand McNally and Amazon!
Thursday, September 3, 2009
Games are a fun way to interact with a group! I know that my daughters love to play APPLES TO APPLES when they have a group of friends over. It is a great way to interact with everyone!
What do you need to do? Minimum they are wanting every team to commit to playing a game for at least 20 minutes between September and December and record their time on the website.
Their goal with groups working in all 50 states is to reach 1 million minutes in 2009. They figure if 1,000 families, groups or organizations X 50 states X 20 minues of game play = 1 million minutes!
How fun! I hope you take the challenge, create a group name and log your minutes! Pass this information on to your child's teacher. I bet the class would have fun with this. If you are homeschooled then you can easily do this daily or weekly! Their goal is 20 minutes of game time one time in those 3 months. Just think if you played 20 minutes once a week!
Pass this information on to Libraries, Senior Living Homes, Schools, Girl/Boy Scout Troups, PTA/PTO, Preschools, Daycares,etc.
CrAzY gAmErS and have some fun!
We will post our minutes and games we play as the Challenge continues!
- ► June (7)
- ► July (8)
- ▼ September (7)
- ► November (16)
- ► 2010 (9)