Banned Books Week

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This is the week to recognize and celebrate the freedom to read. Hundreds of libraries, schools and bookstores across America challenge books that they believe aren’t ‘fitting’ or ‘appropriate’ for the community. Here were the Top 10 challenged titles of 2012 [read more about banned books week here]:

  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

Out of these 10 titles, I have only read 2. Darn guys, I need to get on this list! Celebrate this week by going out and reading a challenged book; I know I’m going to try to!

To celebrate, I’m just going to bring back a poster I made a few years ago in class to bring awareness to censorship:

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In addition, YA Interrobang has an awesome article featuring Ellen Hopkins on the issue of book censorship:

If you have to be offended, it should be by the reality of what teens face every day, not the books that represent that reality.

-Ellen Hopkins

Go and check out the article here!

What are you waiting for? You have the freedom to read anything you choose; no one has the right to take that away from you.

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