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Banned Books Week 2013

September 23, 2013

“[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

This week marks the 31st annual Banned Books Week, the national book community’s annual celebration of the freedom to read. The initiative was originally launched in 1982, and, since then, over 11,300 books have been challenged in schools, bookstores, and libraries. Would it come as a surprise to know that of the ten most challenged titles of 2012, five of them are children’s books?

      1. Captain Underpants (series), by Dav Pilkey
        Reasons: Offensive language, unsuited for age group
      2. The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian, by Sherman Alexie
        Reasons: Offensive language, racism, sexually explicit, unsuited for age group
      3. Thirteen Reasons Why, by Jay Asher
        Reasons: Drugs/alcohol/smoking, sexually explicit, suicide, unsuited for age group
      4. Fifty Shades of Grey, by E. L. James.
        Reasons: Offensive language, sexually explicit
      5. And Tango Makes Three, by Peter Parnell and Justin Richardson.
        Reasons: Homosexuality, unsuited for age group
      6. The Kite Runner, by Khaled Hosseini.
        Reasons: Homosexuality, offensive language, religious viewpoint, sexually explicit
      7. Looking for Alaska, by John Green.
        Reasons: Offensive language, sexually explicit, unsuited for age group
      8. Scary Stories (series), by Alvin Schwartz
        Reasons: Unsuited for age group, violence
      9. The Glass Castle, by Jeanette Walls
        Reasons: Offensive language, sexually explicit
      10. Beloved, by Toni Morrison
        Reasons: Sexually explicit, religious viewpoint, violence

If you’re looking for a way to celebrate the right to read in your classrooms and libraries, be sure to download the below poster!

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