Banned Books Week!

The 23rd to the 29th of October is Banned Books Week!

This is an important week of the year for literature, as it’s a week that celebrates books that have been challenged, either for their authors or their content.

Banned Books Week is an initiative started by the American Library Association and Amnesty International, and highlights the books challenged or removed from libraries and school libraries. Some of them are pretty absurd. Books challenged for LGBT characters, books banned for their drug use, magic, etc.

Is there a book on the list below that you’ve read and loved, but is challenged?

Take a look here and let me know!

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2 thoughts on “Banned Books Week!

  1. I’d be interested to see the statistics on how widespread the bans were, and the timeframe in which they’ve been banned. At school in the UK, I was taught several of these texts in class – Bridge to Terabithia when I was maybe 12 years old, and then I Know Why The Caged Bird Sings, the first of the His Dark Materials series, and The Kite Runner all before I was sixteen. Sadly I think the current literature curriculum in England is far more restricted now – not censorship as such, but enforcing the canon in a way that probably excludes many more “contraversial” texts. I’m fortunate in that I’ve never knowingly experienced censorship of what I could read, but it’s still a real issue in many places, and something worth talking about.

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    1. I agree, I’m from the UK, too, so I’ve not necessarily seen these bans in action per se. Growing up as a teenager, I would purposely seek out books that were on lists like this just to try and find out why they were banned in the States.

      It’s definitely worth talking about and bringing to light the reasons for the challenges that books face just for the content they have. So, perhaps a more in depth study is required into finding out why these books get banned, and people’s mindsets when they think they are unacceptable to be held in libraries.

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