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Banned Books Week is the only national celebration of the freedom to read. The week-long celebration, highlights the benefits of intellectual freedombanned books week and draws attention to the harms of censorship by spotlighting actual or attempted banning of books across the United States, including books commonly taught in secondary schools. Banned Books Week is held each year during the last week of September. The American Library Association, the Association of American Publishers, the American Booksellers Foundation for Free Expression, the American Society of Journalists and Authors and the National Association of College Stores are also founding sponsors the event. Co-sponsors include the Comic Book Legal Defense Fund, the National Coalition Against Censorship, National Council of Teachers of English, and PEN American Center. Banned Books Week is also endorsed by the Center for the Book of the Library of Congress.
   Booksellers who celebrate Banned Books Week tell us that it is one of their favorite promotions. Customers are surprised when they learn that there are hundreds of book challenges every year–and that some of their favorites are on the list! They are also grateful to booksellers for raising awareness of this critical issue.

small BLUE This was my favorite annual promotion. When I could find the time, I loved to create finger cards to put in each book on our display of banned books − telling why and where each book had been challenged and/or banned. The biggest thrill of the whole thing, was that by telling people that somebody wanted to keep readers from reading these great books, it actually meant that many more copies of this "forbidden fruit" would sell, all across the country ... take that book censors.   - John

 

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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. Banned Books Week brings together the entire book community–-librarians, booksellers, publishers, journalists, teachers, and readers of all types–-in shared support of the freedom to seek and to express ideas, even those some consider unorthodox or unpopular.


Background Information from 2000 to 2009
Over this recent past decade, 5,099 challenges were reported to the Office for Intellectual Freedom.
     1,577 challenges due to "sexually explicit" material;
     1,291 challenges due to "offensive language";
       989 challenges due to materials deemed "unsuited to age group";
       619 challenged due to "violence"' and
       361 challenges due to "homosexuality."

 

 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.

 

 

 



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TOP TEN Challenged Books by Year

 

2015

Looking for Alaska by John Green

    Reasons: Offensive language, sexually explicit, and unsuited for age group.

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”).

I Am Jazz by Jessica Herthel and Jazz Jennings

    Reasons: Inaccurate, homosexuality, sex education, religious viewpoint, and unsuited for age group.

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”).

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”).

The Holy Bible Reasons: Religious viewpoint. Fun Home by Alison Bechdel

    Reasons: Violence and other (“graphic images”).

Habibi by Craig Thompson

    Reasons: Nudity, sexually explicit, and unsuited for age group.

Nasreen’s Secret School: A True Story from Afghanistan by Jeanette Winter

    Reasons: Religious viewpoint, unsuited to age group, and violence.

Two Boys Kissing by David Levithan

    Reasons: Homosexuality and other (“condones public displays of affection”).

 

2014

The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian by Sherman Alexie
Persepolis by Marjane Satrapi
And Tango Makes Three Justin Richardson and Peter Parnell
The Bluest Eye by Toni Morrison
It’s Perfectly Normal by Robie Harrisson
Saga by Brian Vaughan and Fiona Staples
The Kite Runner by Khaled Hosseini
The Perks of Being a Wallflower
by Stephen Chbosky
A Stolen Life by Jaycee Dugard
Drama by Raina Telgemeier

 

2013

 Captain Underpants (series) by Dav Pilkey
 The Bluest Eye by Toni Morrison

 The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian by Sherman Alexie
 Fifty Shades of Grey by E.L. James

  The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins
 A Bad Boy Can Be Good for A Girl by Tanya Lee Stone
 Looking for Alaska by John Green
 The Perks of Being a Wallflower by Stephen Chbosky
 Bless Me Ultima by Rudolfo Anaya
 Bone (series) by Jeff Smith

 

   2012

Captain Underpants (series) by Dav Pilkey
The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian
by Sherman Alexie
Thirteen Reasons Why by Jay Asher
Fifty Shades of Grey
by E. L. James
And Tango Makes Three
by Justin Richardson and Peter Parnell
The Kite Runner
by Khaled Hosseini
Looking for Alaska by John Green
Scary Stories (series)
by Alvin Schwartz
The Glass Castle
by Jeannette Walls
Beloved
by Toni Morrison

 

   2011
ttyl; ttfn; l8r, g8r (series) by Lauren Myracle
The Color of Earth (series) by Kim Dong Hwa
The Hunger Games trilogy by Suzanne Collins
My Mom’s Having A Baby! A Kid’s Month-by-Month Guide to Pregnancy by Dori Hillestad Butler
The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian by Sherman Alexie
Alice (series) by Phyllis Reynolds Naylor

Brave New World by Aldous Huxley
What My Mother Doesn’t Know by Sonya Sones
Gossip Girl (series) by Cecily Von Ziegesar
To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee
Gossip Girl (series) by Cecily Von Ziegesar
To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee

 

   2010
And Tango Makes Three by Peter Parnell & Justin Richardson
The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian by Sherman Alexie
Brave New World by Aldous Huxley
Crank by Ellen Hopkins
The Hunger Games (series)
by Suzanne Collins
Lush by Natasha Friend
What My Mother Doesn't Know by Sonya Sones
Nickel and Dimed: On (Not) Getting by in America
by Barbara Ehrenreich
Revolutionary Voices edited by Amy Sonnie
Twilight (series) by Stephenie Meyer

   2009
ttyl; ttfn; l8r, g8r (series) by Lauren Myracle
And Tango Makes Three by Peter Parnell & Justin Richardson
The Perks of Being A Wallflower by Stephen Chbosky
To Kill A Mockingbird by Harper Lee
Twilight (series) by Stephenie Meyer
Catcher in the Rye by J.D. Salinger
My Sister’s Keeper by Jodi Picoult

The Earth, My Butt, and Other Big, Round Things by Carolyn Mackler
The Color Purple by Alice Walker
The Chocolate War by Robert Cormier

   2008
And Tango Makes Three by Justin Richardson & Peter Parnell
His Dark Materials trilogy by Philip Pullman
ttyl; ttfn; l8r, g8r (seres) by Lauren Myracle
Scary Stories (series) by Alvin Schwartz
Bless Me, Ultima by Rudolfo Anaya
The Perks of Being a Wallflower by Stephen Chbosky
Gossip Girl (series) by Cecily von Ziegesar
Uncle Bobby's Wedding by Sarah S. Brannen
The Kite Runner by Khaled Hosseini
Flashcards of My Life by Charise Mericle Harper

   2007
And Tango Makes Three
by Justin Richardson & Peter Parnell
The Chocolate War by Robert Cormier
Olive’s Ocean by Kevin Henkes
The Golden Compass by Philip Pullman
The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn by Mark Twain
The Color Purple by Alice Walker
ttyl by Lauren Myracle
I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings by Maya Angelou
It’s Perfectly Normal by Robie Harris
he Perks of Being a Wallflower by Stephen Chbosky

   2006
And Tango Makes Three by Justin Richardson and Peter Parnell
Gossip Girl (series) by Cecily Von Ziegesar
Alice (series) by Phyllis Reynolds Naylor
The Earth, My Butt, and Other Big Round Things by Carolyn Mackler
The Bluest Eye by Toni Morrison
Scary Stories (series) by Alvin Schwartz
Athletic Shorts by Chris Crutcher
The Perks of Being a Wallflower by Stephen Chbosky
Beloved by Toni Morrison
The Chocolate War by Robert Cormier

   2005
It’s Perfectly Normal: Changing Bodies, Growing Up, Sex, and Sexual Health
by Robie H. Harris
Forever by Judy Blume
The Catcher in the Rye by J. D. Salinger
The Chocolate War by Robert Cormier
Whale Talk by Chris Crutcher
Detour for Emmy by Marilyn Reynolds
What My Mother Doesn’t Know by Sonya Sones
Captain Underpants (series)
by Dav Pilkey
Crazy Lady!
by Jane Leslie Conly
It’s So Amazing! A Book about Eggs, Sperm, Birth, Babies, and Families
by Robie H. Harris

   2004
The Chocolate War by Robert Cormier
Fallen Angels by Walter Dean Meyers
Arming America: The Origins of a National Gun Culture by Michael A. Bellesiles
Captain Underpants (series) by Dav Pilkey
The Perks of Being a Wallflower by Stephen Chbosky
What My Mother Doesn’t Know by Sonya Sones
In the Night Kitchen by Maurice Sendak
King & King by Linda deHaan
I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings by Maya Angelou
Of Mice and Men by John Steinbeck

   2003
Alice (series) by Phyllis Reynolds Naylor
Harry Potter (series) by J.K. Rowling
Of Mice and Men by John Steinbeck
Arming America: The Origins of a National Gun Culture by Michael Bellesiles
Fallen Angels by Walter Dean Myers
Go Ask Alice by Anonymous
It’s Perfectly Normal by Robie Harris
We All Fall Down by Robert Cormier
King & King by Linda de Haan
Bridge to Terabithia by Katherine Paterson

   2002
Harry Potter by J.K. Rowling
Alice (series) by Phyllis Reynolds Naylor
The Chocolate War by Robert Cormier
I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings by Maya Angelou
Taming the Star Runner by S.E. Hinton
Captain Underpants by Dav Pilkey
The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn by Mark Twain
Bridge to Terabithia by Katherine Paterson
Roll of Thunder, Hear My Cry by Mildred D. Taylor
Julie of the Wolves by Jean Craighead George

   2001
Harry Potter by J.K. Rowling
Of Mice and Men by John Steinbeck
The Chocolate War by Robert Cormier
I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings by Maya Angelou
Summer of My German Soldier by Bette Greene
The Catcher in the Rye by J.D. Salinger
Alice (series) by Phyllis Reynolds Naylor

Go Ask Alice by Anonymous
Fallen Angels by Walter Dean Myers
Blood and Chocolate by Annette Curtis Klause

 





bannedinformation sites

 

Books That Shaped America - compiled by the Library of Congress

 

Banned Books Week website at www.bannedbooksweek.org

 

American Library Association's Banned Books Week
This section of the ALA website is devoted to providing information regarding censorship and banned or challenged books.

 

Beacon For Freedom
Beacon for Freedom of Expression is an international database on censorship of books and newspapers, and literature on freedom of expression, produced by the Norwegian Forum for Freedom of Expression.

 

 



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