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BANNED BOOKS WEEK! September 21 – 27, 2014

Read Banned Books! Artwork courtesy of the American Library Association

Read Banned Books! Artwork courtesy of the American Library Association


It’s time to Celebrate Your Freedom to READ!!!

According to the Office for Intellectual Freedom, there were 307 challenges to books reported in 2013. Here are the top 10:

  1. Captain Underpants (series), by Dav PilkeyReasons: Offensive language, unsuited for age group, violence
  2. The Bluest Eye, by Toni MorrisonReasons: Offensive language, sexually explicit, unsuited to age group, violence
  3. The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian, by Sherman AlexieReasons: Drugs/alcohol/smoking, offensive language, racism, sexually explicit, unsuited to age group
  4. Fifty Shades of Grey, by E.L. JamesReasons: Nudity, offensive language, religious viewpoint, sexually explicit, unsuited to age group
  5. The Hunger Games, by Suzanne CollinsReasons: Religious viewpoint, unsuited to age group
  6. A Bad Boy Can Be Good for A Girl, by Tanya Lee StoneReasons: Drugs/alcohol/smoking, nudity, offensive language, sexually explicit
  7. Looking for Alaska, by John GreenReasons: Drugs/alcohol/smoking, sexually explicit, unsuited to age group
  8. The Perks of Being a Wallflower, by Stephen ChboskyReasons: drugs/alcohol/smoking, homosexuality, sexually explicit, unsuited to age group
  9. Bless Me Ultima, by Rudolfo AnayaReasons: Occult/Satanism, offensive language, religious viewpoint, sexually explicit
  10. Bone (series), by Jeff SmithReasons: Political viewpoint, racism, violence