September 22 - 28, 2013
Celebrate your "right to read" and to choose your own books.
|Banned Books Bracelet|
This year's Banned Books Week runs September 22 - 28, 2013. It is a celebration of our freedom to read!! Banned Books Week began in 1982 and each year libraries and bookstores help to create an awareness of challenged books.
Here is the top ten list of frequently challenged books from the Office of Intellectual Freedom for 2012:
- Captain Underpants (series), by Dav Pilkey (offensive language, unsuited for age group)
- “The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian,” by Sherman Alexie (offensive language, racism, sexually explicit, unsuited for age group)
- “Thirteen Reasons Why,” by Jay Asher (drugs/alcohol/smoking, sexually explicit, suicide, unsuited for age group)
- “Fifty Shades of Grey,” by E. L. James (offensive language, sexually explicit)
- “And Tango Makes Three,” by Justin Richardson and Peter Parnell (homosexuality, unsuited for age group)
- “The Kite Runner,” by Khaled Hosseini (homosexuality, offensive language, religious viewpoint, sexually explicit)
- “Looking for Alaska,” by John Green (offensive language, sexually explicit, unsuited for age group)
- Scary Stories (series), by Alvin Schwartz (unsuited for age group, violence)
- “The Glass Castle,” by Jeannette Walls (offensive language, sexually explicit)
- “Beloved,” by Toni Morrison (sexually explicit, religious viewpoint, violence)
Click here for lists of the most challenged books at ALA.
If you would like to read more about Banned Books Week...click here.
We are fortunate that we have the right to read literature of our choosing.
Celebrate the FREEDOM TO READ not everyone is so fortunate!