“When in doubt, go to the library”~from Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets by J.K. Rowling
Banned Books Week is an annual event celebrating the freedom to read. Typically held during the last week of September, it highlights the value of free and open access to information. The purpose is to support of the freedom to seek and to express ideas, even those some consider unorthodox or unpopular. By focusing on efforts across the country to remove or restrict access to books, Banned Books Week draws national attention to the harms of censorship. "Reprinted by permission of the American Library Association."
A challenge is an A banning is the attempt to remove or removal of those restrict materials. materials, based upon the objections of a person or group.
Books usually are challenged with the best intentions—to protect others, frequently children, from difficult ideas and information. The following were the top three reasons cited for challenging materials as reported to the Office of Intellectual Freedom: the material was considered to be "sexually explicit" the material contained "offensive language" the material was "unsuited to age group"
Throughout history, more and different kinds of people and groups , who, for all sorts of reasons, have attempted—and continue to attempt—to suppress anything that conflicts with or anyone who disagrees with their own beliefs.
The ALAs Office for Intellectual Freedom receives reports from libraries, schools, and the media on attempts to ban books in communities across the country. Research suggests that for each challenge reported there are as many as four or five that go unreported.
2011: Lauren Myracle Chris Crutcher Carolyn Mackler Robert Greene Suzanne Collins Sonya Sones Sherman Alexie Aldous Huxley Harper Lee Phyllis Reynolds Naylor Dav Pilkey Cecily von Ziegesar
1. The Great Gatsby, by F. Scott Fitzgerald2. The Catcher in the Rye, by J.D. Salinger3. The Grapes of Wrath, by John Steinbeck4. To Kill a Mockingbird, by Harper Lee5. The Color Purple, by Alice Walker6. Ulysses, by James Joyce7. Beloved, by Toni Morrison8. The Lord of the Flies, by William Golding9. 1984, by George Orwell10. Of Mice and Men, by John Steinbeck
ttyl; ttfn; l8r, g8r (series), by Lauren Myracle Reasons: offensive language; religious viewpoint; sexually explicit; unsuited to age group
The Color of Earth (series), by Kim Dong Hwa Reasons: nudity; sex education; sexually explicit; unsuited to age group
The Hunger Games trilogy, by Suzanne Collins Reasons: anti-ethnic; anti-family; insensitivity; offensive language; occult/satanic; violence
My Moms Having A Baby! A Kids Month- by-Month Guide to Pregnancy, by Dori Hillestad Butler Reasons: nudity; sex education; sexually explicit; unsuited to age group
The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian, by Sherman Alexie Reasons: offensive language; racism; religious viewpoint; sexually explicit; unsuited to age group
Alice (series), by Phyllis Reynolds Naylor Reasons: nudity; offensive language; religious viewpoint
Brave New World, by Aldous Huxley Reasons: insensitivity; nudity; racism; religious viewpoint; sexually explicit
What My Mother Doesnt Know, by Sonya Sones Reasons: nudity; offensive language; sexually explicit
Gossip Girl (series), by Cecily Von Ziegesar Reasons: drugs; offensive language; sexually explicit
To Kill a Mockingbird, by Harper Lee Reasons: offensive language; racism