Discussion: Banned Books Week

Hello everyone!

As I’m sure most of you know – this week is “Banned Books Week.” I was debating if I wanted to do a blog post on this mostly because I was not fully educated on the subject. So, I did a little reading on it and found out that I have read and owned a handful of books on this banned and challenged list. The more I read about the books on the list and the reasons they have been banned or challenged, the more I was just totally confused and just speechless to be honest.

Banned Books Week (September 22-28, 2019) is an annual event celebrating the freedom to read. Typically held during the last week of September, it spotlights current and historical attempts to censor books in libraries and schools. It brings together the entire book community — librarians, booksellers, publishers, journalists, teachers, and readers of all types — in shared support of the freedom to seek and to express ideas, even those some consider unorthodox or unpopular.

From the ALA website

I did not realize how many schools and libraries have actually taken books out of the curriculum or the libraries because people are offended in some way by them. I have always held the same belief and don’t think I’ll ever change – If you don’t like something…. don’t read it/use it/look at it! That may be harsh, but in reality, not everyone is going to like something and chances are, someone will always feel offended or uncomfortable, so it seems much easier for a select few to just ignore the material than to actually remove it from everyone (within reason of course- if something in very inappropriate or hurtful then it should be removed, but not just because the subject matter makes people uncomfortable).

Okay – my rant is over haha. I wanted to share with you all some of the books that are on the Banned Book List and the reason they are banned. And I also want to share the books I’ve read that are on the list (I was honestly shocked by all of them… I also had NO IDEA that they were banned/ challenged until I read the list lol).

Check out the ALA website for more info about this week, the banned books, and the movement for intellectual freedom!

Top 5 Banned/ Challenged Books of 2018:

George – Alex Gino

Reason: because it was believed to encourage children to clear browser history and change their bodies using hormones, and for mentioning “dirty magazines,” describing male anatomy, “creating confusion,” and including a transgender character

A Day in the Life of Marlon Bundo – Jill Twiss

Reason: for including LGBTQIA+ content, and for political and religious viewpoints

Captain Underpants Series – Dav Pikey

Reason: challenged because it was perceived as encouraging disruptive behavior, while Captain Underpants and the Sensational Saga of Sir Stinks-A-Lot was challenged for including a same-sex couple

The Hate U Give – Angie Thomas

Reason: banned and challenged because it was deemed “anti-cop,” and for profanity, drug use, and sexual references

Drama – Raina Telgemeier

Reason: banned and challenged for including LGBTQIA+ characters and themes

Books I have Read & Owned on the List:

James and the Giant Peach – Ronald Dahl

Hop on Pop – Dr. Seuss

The Giver – Lois Lowry

Junie B Jones (series) – Barbara Park

Harry Potter (series) – JK Rowling

Goosebumps (series) – RL Stine

The Hunger Games – Suzanne Collins

Twilight (series) – Stephanie Meyer

The Diary of Anne Frank – Anne Frank

Charlottes Web – EB White

There are probably more books that have been challenged or banned that I have on my shelf or have read over the years. But that is all I can find as of right now.

How many banned books have you read? What are your thoughts on banning books at all?

Leave a comment & lets chat!!

Thanks for stopping by 🙂

One thought on “Discussion: Banned Books Week

  1. I’ve definitely read at least five, I know why the caged bird sings being one of my top favourites! Everyone should be allowed to read whatever they want, I do love that banned books week really celebrates the freedom to read.

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