Banned Books Week 2013

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Hello lovelies! It’s that time of year again – Banned Books Week. From September 22-28 the American Library Association spearheads the celebration over at Banned Books Week. You’ll find a calendar of events, resources, lists, stats and more. While many of the books listed on the site have indeed been successfully challenged and banned in many schools, libraries, cities, states, provinces, countries, etc. many have not, and remain on the shelves for anyone and everyone to enjoy. It is this fact that we celebrate while raising awareness of censorship.

2012’s Top Ten Challenged 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

(from Frequently Challenged Books of the 21st Century)

I’ve only read numbers 1 and 5 this time around. I really do need to get around to reading number 7!