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Celebrating the Freedom to Read

What is Banned Books Week?

An annual event usually held in September, Banned Books Week is a time to celebrate and promote the freedom to read.

Why are books challenged and banned?

Books are usually challenged and banned when they contain information or ideas that one group considers dangerous or harmful for another group. For example, oftentimes parents will challenge books in order to protect children from what they deem to be "inappropriate" content, whether this is in the form of topics or language.  The ALA gives the top three reasons for challenging materials as:

  1. the material was considered to be "sexually explicit"
  2. the material contained "offensive language"
  3. the material was "unsuited to any age group"

- Banned Books Q&A, ALA 2017

 

Online Resources

Resources in the Library

Recently Challenged Books in the Library

Top 10 Challenged Books of 2016

1.  This One Summer written by Mariko Tamaki; illustrated by Jillian Tamaki

2.  Drama written and illustrated by Raina Telgemeier

3.  George written by Alex Gino

4.  I Am Jazz written by Jessica Herthel and Jazz Jennings; illustrated by Shelagh McNicholas

5.  Two Boys Kissing written by David Levithan

6.  Looking for Alaska written by John Green

7.  Big Hard Sex Criminals written by Matt Fraction; illustrated by Chip Zdarsky

8.  Make Something Up:  Stories You Can't Unread written by Chuck Plahniuk

9.  Little Bill (series) written by Bill Cosby; illustrated by Varnette P. Honeywood

10.  Eleanor & Park written by Rainbow Rowell

- Top Ten Most Challenged Books Lists, ALA 2016