You may no longer read these books*

*Not really, but can you imagine?

Banned Books Week is Sept. 22-28, 2013

It's the Banned Books Week 2013!
Celebrate the freedom to read by picking up or downloading one of the offenders below. Don't let your freedom to read dry up--read and share banned books!

Most banned and challenged** books, 2012

Find the reasons why here.
The next 7: Fifty Shades of Grey; And Tango Makes Three; The Kite Runner; Looking for Alaska; Scary Stories (series); The Glass Castle; Beloved
**Challenges, or attempts to remove or restrict books, deemed offensive are more plentiful than outright bans. These are actual attempts, not merely expressions of point of view. Due to the commitment of librarians, teachers, parents, students and other concerned citizens, most challenges are unsuccessful and most materials are retained in the school curriculum or library collection. --From the American Library Association's Office of Intellectual Freedom (OIF)

Most Banned and Challenged Books 2000-2009

Find the reasons why here.
The next 7: And Tango Makes Three, Of Mice and Men, I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings, Scary Stories (series), His Dark Materials (series), ttyl + ttfn + l8r g8r, The Perks of Being a Wallflower
Find the top 100 here.

most banned and challenged classics

Find the reasons why here.
The next 7: To Kill a Mockingbird, The Color Purple, Ulysses, Beloved, The Lord of the Flies, 1984, Lolita
Find the top 100 here.

What makes books get challenged or banned?

Find out here.

Think banning only happens in small towns?

The graphic novel Persepolis was banned last semester in Chicago schools! (Though it was eventually overturned...sort of.)

Banned Books Week at Mount Mary University

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