Banned Books Week 2013

September 22-28 is Banned Books Week! It’s a celebration of the freedom to read under the protection of the First Amendment. Visit our Banned Books Week InfoGuide.

Find out more about banned books on the American Library Association site (ALA) and the Banned Books Week site. You can participate in the Banned Books Virtual Read-Out by creating videos on the virtues of the freedom to read. They will be featured on a dedicated YouTube channel.

According to the ALA Office for Intellectual Freedom, these were the most challenged books of 2012. How many have you read?

BBW13_Profile1) 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

Banned Books Week 2013

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