Celebrating the Freedom to Read



Banned Books Week was launched in 1982 in response to a sudden surge in the number of challenges to books in schools, bookstores and libraries. More than 11,300 books have been challenged since 1982 according to the American Library Association. The 10 most challenged titles of 2015 were:

  1. Looking for Alaska, by John Green Reasons: Offensive language, sexually explicit, and unsuited for age group.

  2. Fifty Shades of Grey, by E. L. James Reasons: Sexually explicit, unsuited to age group, and other (“poorly written,” “concerns that a group of teenagers will want to try it”).

  3. I Am Jazz, by Jessica Herthel and Jazz Jennings Reasons: Inaccurate, homosexuality, sex education, religious viewpoint, and unsuited for age group.

  4. Beyond Magenta: Transgender Teens Speak Out, by Susan Kuklin Reasons: Anti-family, offensive language, homosexuality, sex education, political viewpoint, religious viewpoint, unsuited for age group, and other (“wants to remove from collection to ward off complaints”).

  5. The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time, by Mark Haddon Reasons: Offensive language, religious viewpoint, unsuited for age group, and other (“profanity and atheism”).

  6. The Holy Bible Reasons: Religious viewpoint.

  7. Fun Home, by Alison Bechdel Reasons: Violence and other (“graphic images”).

  8. Habibi, by Craig Thompson Reasons: Nudity, sexually explicit, and unsuited for age group.

  9. Nasreen’s Secret School: A True Story from Afghanistan, by Jeanette Winter Reasons: Religious viewpoint, unsuited to age group, and violence.

  10. Two Boys Kissing, by David Levithan Reasons: Homosexuality and other (“condones public displays of affection”).​

The Banned Books Week Coalition is a national alliance of diverse 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.

More information on banned and challenged books is available on the American Library Association website.

Read the original post on banned books and learn more about Banned Books Week at Banned Books Week.


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