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Banned Books Week

VQ Staff - Wednesday, September 24, 2014

This week, September 21-27, is Banned Books Week! This year is the 32nd year of observance and "more than 11,300 books have been challenged since 1982 according to the American Library Association".

In working and talking with schools and libraries across the country about banned and challenged books, the American Library Association "promotes the freedom to choose or the freedom to express one's opinions even if that opinion might be considered unorthodox or unpopular, and stresses the importance of ensuring the availability of those viewpoints to all who wish to read them."

The 2014 list of most banned books has not been released yet, but we've here are a few from the Top Ten Most Frequently Challenged Books in 2013, followed by the reason(s) they are most often banned:

  • Captain Underpants (series), by Dav Pilkey - Offensive language, unsuited for age group, violence
  • The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian, by Sherman Alexie - Drugs/alcohol/smoking, offensive language, racism, sexually explicit, unsuited to age group
  • Fifty Shades of Grey, by E.L. James - Nudity, offensive language, religious viewpoint, sexually explicit, unsuited to age group
  • The Hunger Games, by Suzanne Collins - Religious viewpoint, unsuited to age group
  • Looking for Alaska, by John Green - Drugs/alcohol/smoking, sexually explicit, unsuited to age group
For more information about banned books and the American Library Association, be sure to read through their "State of America's Libraries Report 2014".

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