What is a Banned Book?
A banned book is one that has been removed from a library, bookstore, or school collection solely because it is considered to contain controversial content.
Sometimes banned books have even been burned or otherwise forcibly destroyed.
Banning or challenging a book is considered to be serious matter, because blatant censorship of that type is a violation of our freedom to read.
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Banned Books Week
The American Library Association has designated September 27 - October 3, 2015
as “Banned Books Week.”
Banned Books Week (BBW) is an annual event of the American Library Association. It celebrates the freedom to read that is protected under the First Amendment, while also bringing awareness and attention to the dangers of censorship by highlighting actual or attempted book bannings that have occurred across the United States, both now and in the past.
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100 Banned Books
100 Frequently Challenged Books
Most Challenged Books
ALA's List of Top Ten Most Frequently Challenged Books of 2014
The top ten most frequently challenged books of 2014 include:
1) The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian, by Sherman Alexie
2) Persepolis, by Marjane Satrapi
3) And Tango Makes Three, Justin Richardson and Peter Parnell
4) The Bluest Eye, by Toni Morrison
5) It’s Perfectly Normal, by Robie Harris
6) Saga, by Brian Vaughan and Fiona Staples
7) The Kite Runner, by Khaled Hosseini
8) The Perks of Being a Wallflower, by Stephen Chbosky
9) A Stolen Life, Jaycee Dugard
10) Drama, by Raina Telgemeier
*A challenge is defined as a formal, written complaint filed with a library or school requesting that a book or other material be restricted or removed because of its content or appropriateness.