Banned Books Week is next week, so now is the perfect time to consider what books may be missing from the bookshelves of libraries and schools near you. Banned Books Week was created in response to book “challenges” and celebrates our freedom to read, uncensored.
Last there were 400 attempts to remove books from U.S. schools and libraries. The top 10 most banned or challenged books are:
- Captain Underpants (series), by Dav Pilkey. Reasons: Offensive language, unsuited for age group
- The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian, by Sherman Alexie. Reasons: Offensive language, racism, sexually explicit, unsuited for age group. The Library and Prof. Principato (Environmental Studies) are hosting a discussion of this book on September 25, 7 pm. RSVP and get a free copy of this banned book!
- Thirteen Reasons Why, by Jay Asher. Reasons: Drugs/alcohol/smoking, sexually explicit, suicide, unsuited for age group
- Fifty Shades of Grey, by E. L. James. Reasons: Offensive language, sexually explicit
- And Tango Makes Three, by Peter Parnell and Justin Richardson.Reasons: Homosexuality, unsuited for age group
- The Kite Runner, by Khaled Hosseini. Reasons: Homosexuality, offensive language, religious viewpoint, sexually explicit
- Looking for Alaska, by John Green. Reasons: Offensive language, sexually explicit, unsuited for age group
- Scary Stories (series), by Alvin Schwartz. Reasons: Unsuited for age group, violence
- The Glass Castle, by Jeanette Walls. Reasons: Offensive language, sexually explicit
- Beloved, by Toni Morrison. Reasons: Sexually explicit, religious viewpoint, violence
How many from this list have you read? Exercise your freedom to read by choosing a banned book sometime this fall. If someone doesn’t want you to read it, there must be something interesting between the covers!
Peek at the list of the 100 books most often banned between 2000 and 2009.