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Frequently Challenged or Banned Books: Diversity

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Banned Books Week is the annual celebration of the freedom to read. The 2016 celebration will be held September 25-October 1 and focus on diversity.

The Banned Books Week Coalition is a national alliance of like-minded organizations joined by a commitment to increase awareness of the annual celebration of the freedom to read. The Coalition seeks to engage various communities and inspire participation in Banned Books Week through education, advocacy, and the creation of programming about the problem of book censorship.

This year, the national coalition is highlighting diversity. A high percentage of the titles on ALA’s Top Ten Challenged Books List continue to fall into the category of “diverse content.” While diversity is seldom given as a reason for a challenge, it seems, in fact, to be an underlying and unspoken factor. These challenged works are often about people and issues which include LGBTQIA, people of color, gender diversity, people with disabilities, and ethnic, cultural, and religious minorities—people or issues that, perhaps, challengers would prefer not to consider.

Frequently Challenged or Banned Books: Diversity

  1. 1. Frequently Challenged or Banned Books: DIVERSITY Source: ALA’s Office for Intellectual Freedom 2016 Banned Books Week
  2. 2. The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian By Sherman Alexie Little, Brown Books for Young Readers Why Challenged: • anti-family • cultural insensitivity • drugs/alcohol/smoking • gambling • offensive language • sexually explicit • unsuited for age group • violence • depictions of bullying @BannedBooksWeek #BannedBooksWeek
  3. 3. Beloved By Toni Morrison Alfred A. Knopf Why Challenged: • sexually explicit • unsuited for age group • violence • racism • bestiality • language @BannedBooksWeek #BannedBooksWeek
  4. 4. Drama By Raina Telgemeier Scholastic Why Challenged: • “sexually explicit” (gay characters) @BannedBooksWeek #BannedBooksWeek
  5. 5. I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings By Maya Angelou Random House Publishing Group Why Challenged: • racism • homosexuality • sexually explicit • offensive language • unsuited to age group @BannedBooksWeek #BannedBooksWeek
  6. 6. The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time By Mark Haddon Penguin Random House Why Challenged: • offensive language @BannedBooksWeek #BannedBooksWeek
  7. 7. The Kite Runner By Khaled Hosseini Riverhead Books Why Challenged: • depictions of homosexuality • offensive language • religious viewpoints • sexually explicit scenes @BannedBooksWeek #BannedBooksWeek
  8. 8. The Miseducation of Cameron Post By emily m. danforth HarperCollins Why Challenged: • profanity @BannedBooksWeek #BannedBooksWeek
  9. 9. The House of the Spirits By Isabel Allende Simon & Schuster Why Challenged: • sexually explicit • offensive language @BannedBooksWeek #BannedBooksWeek
  10. 10. Whale Talk By Chris Crutcher HarperCollins Why Challenged: • profanity @BannedBooksWeek #BannedBooksWeek
  11. 11. Two Boys Kissing By David Levithan Knopf Books for Young Readers Why Challenged: • homosexuality • “condones public displays of affection” @BannedBooksWeek #BannedBooksWeek
  12. 12. Persepolis By Marjane Satrapi Pantheon Books/Knopf Doubleday Why Challenged: • gambling • offensive language • political viewpoint • politically, racially, and socially offensive • graphic depictions @BannedBooksWeek #BannedBooksWeek
  13. 13. About Banned Books Week The Banned Books Week Coalition is a national alliance of like-minded organizations joined by a commitment to increase awareness of the annual celebration of the freedom to read. The Coalition seeks to engage various communities and inspire participation in Banned Books Week through education, advocacy, and the creation of programming about the problem of book censorship. The 2016 celebration will be held September 25-October 1. This year, the national coalition is highlighting diversity. A high percentage of the titles on ALA’s Top Ten Challenged Books List continue to fall into the category of “diverse content.” While diversity is seldom given as a reason for a challenge, it seems, in fact, to be an underlying and unspoken factor. These challenged works are often about people and issues which include LGBTQIA, people of color, gender diversity, people with disabilities, and ethnic, cultural, and religious minorities—people or issues that, perhaps, challengers would prefer not to consider. @BannedBooksWeek #BannedBooksWeek
  14. 14. 2016 Banned Books Week National Coalition

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