Banned Books Week has begun, and I’m here to share with you all some interesting information. It’s a week full of events that are occurring nationwide in schools, libraries and even bookstores. It is an important week to celebrate our right as readers to read any book and to combat censorship. Below, are 2015’s most challenged books. Have you read any of them?
2015’s Most Challenged Books
- Looking for Alaska, by John Green. Reasons: Offensive language, sexually explicit content, unsuited for age group.
- Fifty Shades of Grey, by E.L. James. Reasons: Sexually explicit content, unsuited to age group, poorly written [I was surprised to see this!]
- I Am Jazz, by Jessica Herthel & Jazz Jennings. Reasons: Inaccurate, homosexuality, sex education, religious viewpoint.
- 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.
- The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time, by Mark Haddon. Reasons: Offensive language, religious viewpoint, unsuited for age group.
- The Holy Bible [No joke]. Reasons: religious viewpoint.
- Fun Home, by Alison Bechdel. Reasons: Violence and other (graphic images)
- Habibi, by Craig Thompson. Reasons: Nudity, sexually explicit content, unsuited for age group.
- Nasreen’s Secret School: A True Story from Afghanistan, by Jeannette Winter. Reasons: Religious viewpoint, unsuited for age group, violence.
- Two Boys Kissing, by David Levithan. Reasons: Homosexuality, and other (condones public display of affection)
* Source for the book list: ALA – American Library Association
Those people who are challenging books like those listed above are, in its vast majority, parents. Others can be teachers themselves, organizations, and religious organizations. They challenge books not out of malice, but because they believe they’re trying to do the right thing. Books have been censored and burned for many years, due to political reasons, religious reasons or to preserve the morality of a society. For a little more history of book censorship, click here: Beacon For Freedom.
For more information about Banned Books Week, click here – Banned Books Week.
What are your favorite banned books? Mine are Harry Potter Series, The Hunger Games, The Kite Runner, and Bless Me, Ultima.
To end this post, I’ll finish with the story of Sherman Alexie’s novel The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-time Indian, and how the police got involved in an Idaho community when people were giving away copies of Alexie’s book after it was banned: Teens Hand Out Challenged Book.
Happy Reading, and read whatever suits your fancy, no to censorship!