The Freedom to Read

The Freedom to Read

Banned book week recognizes our freedom to read whatever we wish. It is an annual celebration that is occurring September 27 through October 3 this ye

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Banned book week recognizes our freedom to read whatever we wish. It is an annual celebration that is occurring September 27 through October 3 this year. The purpose of this week is to bring people together to share and support reading that may be considered unorthodox or unpopular to some. It’s not one person who wants one book to be banned, but rather multiple groups of people, who think their beliefs or cultures are being put down due to the context of a book.

There are two types of restrictions: banning and challenging. A banning is the removal of the material. This is mostly done in other parts of the world, not America. A challenge is an attempt to remove material from the circulation of schools and libraries, based on the objectives of a person or group. It does not simply involve one person stating their ideas on a book, but a many people trying to get them removed from the public’s eye, in order to stop readers from seeing the contents. There are several hundred challenges a year, but challenges are seldom successful. For more information on Banned Book Week, go to this link: http://www.ala.org/bbooks/

Books That Have Been Challenged and Why:

1) Harry Potter by J.K. Rowling

Reasons: Anti-family, Occult, religious viewpoints, violence

2)  Bridge to Terabithia by Katherine Paterson

Reasons: Occult, offensive language, violence

3) Perks of Being a Wallflower by Stephen Chbosky

Reasons: Homosexuality, offensive language, sexually explicit, unsustainable for age group

4) The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins

Reasons: Unsuitable for age group, sexually explicit, violence

5) Looking for Alaska  by John Green

Reasons: Sexually explicit, drugs, alcohol, smoking, offensive language

6) The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn by Mark Twain

Reasons: Offensive language, racism

7) To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee

Reasons: Racism, offensive language, unsuitable for age group

8) Twilight (series) by Stephenie Meyer

Reasons: Religious viewpoint, sexually explicit, unsuitable for age group

9) Captain Underpants by Dav Pilkey

Reasons: Violence, unsuitable for age group, offensive language

10) The Great Gatsby by  F. Scott Fitzgerald

Reasons: Language, sexual references  

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