Sunday, September 24, 2017

Banned Books Week 2017 - September 24 - 30 #BannedBooksWeek


Here we are at Banned Books Week once again. When I think about it, I feel it's quite a shame that we even have a need for this week, but until there is no longer attempts at censorship, we must persevere in bringing awareness to the world.

Each year, I start off with the list of the Top Ten Most Challenged Books. This years list is below. I will be doing a series of posts all week. I hope you will join me in celebrating the right to read!

Top Ten Most Challenged Books for 2016

Out of 323 challenges recorded by the Office for Intellectual Freedom
  1. This One Summer written by Mariko Tamaki and illustrated by Jillian Tamaki
    Reasons: challenged because it includes LGBT characters, drug use and profanity, and it was considered sexually explicit with mature themes 
  2. Drama written and illustrated by Raina Telgemeier
    Reasons: challenged because it includes LGBT characters, was deemed sexually explicit, and was considered to have an offensive political viewpoint 
  3. George written by Alex Gino
    Reasons: challenged because it includes a transgender child, and the “sexuality was not appropriate at elementary levels” 
  4. I Am Jazz written by Jessica Herthel and Jazz Jennings, and illustrated by Shelagh McNicholas
    Reasons: challenged because it portrays a transgender child and because of language, sex education, and offensive viewpoints 
  5. Two Boys Kissing written by David Levithan
    Reasons: challenged because its cover has an image of two boys kissing, and it was considered to include sexually explicit LGBT content 
  6. Looking for Alaska written by John Green
    Reasons: challenged for a sexually explicit scene that may lead a student to “sexual experimentation” 
  7. Big Hard Sex Criminals written by Matt Fraction and illustrated by Chip Zdarsky
    Reason: challenged because it was considered sexually explicit 
  8. Make Something Up: Stories You Can’t Unread written by Chuck Palahniuk
    Reasons: challenged for profanity, sexual explicitness, and being “disgusting and all around offensive” 
  9. Little Bill (series) written by Bill Cosby and and illustrated by Varnette P. Honeywood
    Reason: challenged because of criminal sexual allegations against the author 
  10. Eleanor & Park written by Rainbow Rowell
    Reason: challenged for offensive language



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