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Bannedbooks Freedom To Read

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  • 1. The Freedom To Read
    BANNED BOOKS WEEKCarlene Walter
  • 2. Every year, many books are challenged in an attempt to remove or restrict materials.
    Some books are banned. A banning is the removal of those materials. 
    Image Credit: Ken Rodmell, Key Publishers (design), Buntin Reid Paper (paper), Twin Offset Ltd. (printing)
  • 3. When A book is banned…
    … the book removed from the shelves of libraries and therefore, unavailable to other readers.
  • 4. WHY ARE BOOKS CHALLENGED?
    • Offensive language
    • 5. Mature situations
    • 6. Gratuitous violence
    • 7. Condones immorality
    • 8. Opposing political or religious viewpoints
  • CHALLENGED
    Condones immorality.
  • 9. CHALLENGED
    Contains mature situations.
  • 10. Challenged
    Promotes inappropriate behaviour.
  • 11. Challenged
    Portrays alternative lifestyles.
  • 12. CHALLENGED
    Includes magical content.
  • 13. CHALLENGED
    Depicts inappropriate and indecent conduct.
  • 14. CHALLENGED
    Criminalizes the forestry industry.
  • 15. In 2008, five hundred thirteen books were challenged.
  • 16. There are worse crimes than burning books. One of them is not reading them.
    -Joseph Brodsky
  • 17. Racism
    Without these writing of childhood experiences, how would people who have not experienced racism fathom the challenges and hatred that some have endured?
  • 18. Without The Scarlet Letter, how would one come to understand Puritan society and how it operated?
  • 19. Without Fahrenheit 451, how would one understand the effects of burning books and censorship have upon one’s freedom and right to form and express their own opinion?
  • 20. “[I]t's not just the books under fire now that worry me. It is the books that will never be written. The books that will never be read. And all due to the fear of censorship. As always, young readers will be the real losers.”
    - Judy Blume