The American Library Association defines Banned Books Week as "the freedom to access information and express ideas, even if the information and ideas might be considered unorthodox or unpopular.....BBW stresses the importance of ensuring the availability of unorthodox or unpopular viewpoints for all who wish to read and access them."
Books are often challenged or banned due to material that an individual or an organization deems to be offensive, vulgar, racist, or goes against social norms.
According to the Office of Intellectual Freedom the top three reasons given for challenging materials:
1.the material was considered to be "sexually explicit"
2.the material contained "offensive language"
3.the materials was "unsuited to any age group"
According to the American Libraries Association website
"A challenge is an attempt to remove or restrict materials, based upon the objections of a person or group. A banning is the removal of those materials. Challenges do not simply involve a person expressing a point of view; rather, they are an attempt to remove material from the curriculum or library, thereby restricting the access of others."
Out of 307 challenges as reported by the Office of Intellectual Freedom
The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian,
|Persepolis, by Marjane Satrapi
Reasons: gambling, offensive language,
political viewpoint. Additional reasons: “politically,
racially, and socially offensive.”
The Bluest Eye, by Toni Morrison
| It’s Perfectly Normal, by Robie Harris
Reasons: Nudity, sex education,
sexually explicit, unsuited to age group.
Saga, by Brian Vaughan and Fiona Staples
The Kite Runner, by Khaled Hosseini
| The Perks of being a Wallflower
by Stephen Chbosky
sexually explicit, homosexuality,
unsuited to age group.
| A Stolen Life, Jaycee Dugard
offensive language, sexually explicit
| Drama, by Raina Telgemeier
Reasons: sexually explicit
Get involved this week by browsing the displays at the UST Libraries and checking out the information on this guide.
Voice your Opinion in the UST BBW Discussion!
Vote for your favorite Banned Books (let's get a list of UST favorites going!)
Participate in the 2015 Virtual Read Out!
Learn more about why books have been banned since 1990
Help us edit Wikipedia in a Wiki Edit-a-Thon
"We are not afraid to entrust the American people with unpleasent facts, foreign ideas, alien philosophies, and competitive values. For a nation that is afraid to let its people judge the truth and falsehood in an open market is a nation that is afraid of its people." -John Kennedy