This year Banned Books Week is from September 25 through October 2.
Banned Books Week is the only national celebration of the freedom to read. It was launched in 1982 in response to a sudden surge in the number of challenges to books in schools, bookstores and libraries. More than a thousand books have been challenged since 1982. The challenges have occurred in every state and in hundreds of communities. Click here to see a map of book bans and challenges in the US from 2007 to 2009. People challenge books that they say are too sexual or too violent. They object to profanity and slang, and they protest against offensive portrayals of racial or religious groups–or positive portrayals of homosexuals. Their targets range from books that explore contemporary issues and controversies to classic and beloved works of American literature.
According to the American Library Association, out of 460 challenges reported to the Office of Intellectual Freedom in 2009, the Top Ten Most Challenged Titles were:
- ttyl; ttfn; l8r, g8r (series), by Lauren Myracle
- And Tango Makes Three, by Peter Parnell and Justin Richardson
- The Perks of Being a Wallflower, by Stephen Chbosky
- To Kill a Mockingbird, by Harper Lee
- Twilight (series), by Stephanie 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
For more information, visit Info: Banned Books Week.
Celebrate your Freedom to Read!