The last week of September may mean midterms and busting out the winter clothes to many people, but to librarians and book lovers, it’s Banned Book Week. Organized by the American Library Association to celebrate the freedom to read and the importance of the First Amendment, BBW honors those books that have been requested to be removed or banned from libraries and schools.
What Gets Banned?
The Top 10 Challenged Books of 2008 were:
- And Tango Makes Three by Justin Richardson and Peter Parnell
- His Dark Materials trilogy, by Philip Pullman
- TTYL; TTFN; L8R, G8R (series), by Lauren Myracle
- Scary Stories (series), by Alvin Schwartz
- Bless Me, Ultima, by Rudolfo Anaya
- The Perks of Being a Wallflower, by Stephen Chbosky
- Gossip Girl (series), by Cecily von Ziegesar
- Uncle Bobby’s Wedding, by Sarah S. Brannen
- The Kite Runner, by Khaled Hosseini
- Flashcards of My Life, by Charise Mericle Harper
It’s not only popular new releases or children’s books that are banned. Many of the “classics” are also subject to challenges. Of the Top 100 books of the 20th Century list by Radcliffe Publishing, 42 have been banned or challenged at some time. See the list here, challenged books have bold titles.
For more information on Banned Books Week as your friendly USF Librarian or visit the official Banned Books Week website.