Monday, September 23, 2013

Banned Books Week

September 22nd through September 28th is banned books week. This is a cause that is near and dear to my heart. The banning of books has gone on for as long as there have been people to complain about books and Banned Books Week seeks to highlight books that are in the process of being challenged or banned and support the authors. Banned books week "stresses the importance of ensuring the availability of those unorthodox or unpopular viewpoints to all who wish to read them" (Visit the Banned Books Week website to learn more)

What Is A Challenged Book?
• A challenged book is a book that a person or group is attempting to remove from the libraries or schools because of objections to the book’s content.

What Is A Banned Book?
• A banned book has been successfully removed from library shelves or school classrooms.

Classics That Were Banned
  • The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald
  • The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn by Mark Twain
  • The Scarlet Letter by Nathaniel Hawthorne
  • To Kill A Mockingbird by Harper Lee
Now imagine what your life would be like without having access to these literary classics, that is what banned books week is trying to stop!

Commonly Challenged YA/Children's Books in the US
  • Harry Potter series by JK Rowling
  • Blood and Chocolate by Annette Curtis Klause
  • Blubber by Judy Bloom
  • The Perks of Being a Wallflower by Stephen Chbosky
  • Go Ask Alice by Anonymous
  • The Witches by Roald Dahl
For more banned books feel check out wikipedia they have a huge list here .

This year Persepolis by Marjane Satrapi was removed from Chicago Public Schools. The Kids Right to Read an initiative of the National Coalition Against Censorship is fighting it's removal. I read this book for the first time my freshman year of college and I wish that I had read it earlier! So in honor of banned books week and in support of the author I will be re-reading Persepolis!


  1. Blubber! Why is that one challenged, I used to love that book.

    I do think banning books or talking of censoring them, only gets me more interested in them! I'm contrary like that :)

  2. Banned Books Week is probably one of my favorite times of the entire year! I actually wrote an essay on book censorship for school. I wish there was something BIGGER we could do about this problem!!

  3. I thought you banned a book to make young people want to read it because it was naughty. I found a little bookstore that only carried banned books. You better believe I told everyone. To bad Hurricane Ike got rid of it.

  4. I just can't believe Harry Potter is banned in schools. Banning fantasy seems like saying "no" to a child's imagination. So mean. I love Banned Books Week though -- it's a reminder of all the books that continue to be censored and why reading is so important.