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."
Celebrating Banned Books Week of course!
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
Captain Underpants (series) by Dav Pilkey
FUN FACT! This is the second year
|The Bluest Eye by Toni Morrison
Reasons: Offensive language, sexually explict,
unsuited to age group, violence
| The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian
by Sherman Alexie; Ellen Forney (Illustrator)
Reasons: Drugs/alcohol/smoking, offensive language,
racism, sexually explicit, unsuited to age group.
FUN FACT: This book was number two on this list for 2012
Fifty Shades of Grey by E.L. James
FUN FACT! This book was number four on this list
| The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins
Reasons: Religious viewpoint, unsuited to age group
|A Bad Boy can be Good for a Girl
by Tanya Lee Stone
Reasons: Drugs/alcohol/smoking, nudity,
offensive language, sexually explicit.
|Looking for Alaska by John Green
Reasons: Drugs/alcohol/smoking, sexually explcit,
unsuited to age group.
| The Perks of being a Wallflower
by Stephen Chbosky
Reasons: Drugs/alcohol/smoking, sexually explicit, homosexuality, unsuited to age group.
| Bless Me, Ultima by Rudolfo Anaya
Reasons: Occult/satanism, offensive language,
religious viewpoint, sexually explicit.
| Bone (series) by Jeff Smith
Reasons: Political viewpoint, racism, violence.
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 2013 Virtual Read Out!
Learn more about why books have been banned since 1990
"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