Sunday, September 25, 2016

Banned Books Week 2016

September 25 - October 1

"Each year, the ALA's Office for Intellectual Freedom compiles a list of the top ten most frequently challenged books in order to inform the public about censorship in libraries and schools. The ALA condemns censorship and works to ensure free access to information.
A challenge is defined as a formal, written complaint, filed with a library or school requesting that materials be removed because of content or appropriateness. The number of challenges reflects only incidents reported. We estimate that for every reported challenge, four or five remain unreported. Therefore, we do not claim comprehensiveness in recording challenges."

The top ten banned books of 2015 are:

1. Looking for Alaska by John Green
2. Fifty Shades of Grey by E.L. James
3. I Am Jazz by Jessica Herthel and Jazz Jennings
4. Beyond Magenta by Susan Kuklin
5. The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time by Mark Haddon

6. The Holy Bible
7. Fun Home by Alison Bechdel
8. Habibi by Craig Thompson
9, Nasreen's Secret School by Jeanette Winter
10. Two Boys Kissing by David Levithan

These are only the top 10 of 2015. The list looks different when you look at the top 100 for the years 2001-2014 here on the American Library Association (ALA) website. The same page lists the reasons why these 10  books were frequently challenged.

Do you read banned books? What are some of your favorites? 

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