Freedom to Read!

22 Sep

BBW14_Profile_op3It’s that time of year again!  The time of year that we celebrate our right to read banned and/or challenged books.  This year, Banned Books Week runs from September 21st through September 27th.  It is a week devoted to putting a spotlight on literature that has been challenged or banned throughout history, in institutions such as schools and libraries.  These challenges come from citizens who object to content in books for a variety of reasons, including language, sexual material, or racism.  While these materials are occasionally successfully banned, thanks to the valiant efforts of teachers, librarians, and adminstrators, these books are often left on the shelf for people to continue to have the freedom to read, learn from, and enjoy.

In 2013, the Office for Intellectual Freedom reports that there were 307 challenges to books across the country.  Here are the top 10:

  1. Captain Underpants (series) by Dav Pilkey
  2. The Bluest Eye by Toni Morrison
  3. The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian by Sherman Alexie
  4. Fifty Shades of Grey by E.L. James
  5. The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins
  6. A Bad Boy Can Be Good for a Girl by Tanya Lee Stone
  7. Looking for Alaska by John Green
  8. The Perks of Being a Wallflower by Stephen Chbosky
  9. Bless Me, Ultima by Rudolfo Anaya
  10. Bone (series) by Jeff Smith

For more information about Banned Books Week, check out and the American Library Association’s website.


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