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Banned Books Week

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The week of September 24th is Banned Book Week.  According to the website http://www.bannedbooksweek.org “there was a 17% increase in the number of banned book complaints in 2016.  According to the article “2017 Banned Books Week Celebrate Our Right to Read”, most banned book complaints go unreported.  Join readers, book publishers, authors, journalist, rights activists, librarians and schools in celebrating one of our fundamental rights to free speech.  Let’s all read a banned book! Here is a list of some of the more classic books that continue to be challenged below.

  1. Of Mice and Men by Steinbeck
  2. Catch 22 by Heller
  3. Brave New World by Huxley
  4. Animal Farm by Orwell
  5. The Sun Also Rises by Hemingway
  6. As I lay dying by Faulkner
  7. Farewell to arms by Hemingway
  8. Their eyes were watching God by Hurston
  9. Invisible Man by Ellison
  10. Song of Soloman by Morrison

Interested in what are the most challenged books of 2016?  Here is a list compiled by the Office of Intellectual Freedom of the American Library Association.  Check out their website at http://www.ala.org :

  1. This One Summer by Tamaki
  2. Drama by Telgemeier
  3. George by Gino
  4. I am Jazz by Herthel/Jennings
  5. Two boys kissing by Levithan
  6. Looking for Alaska by Green
  7. Big Hard Sex Criminals by Fraction
  8. Make Something up: Stories you can’t unread by Palahnuik
  9. Little Bill Series by Cosby
  10. Elenor &Park by Rowell

How do you feel about Banned Books?  Is there ever a reason to restrict the public’s access to a book?

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