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Banned Books Week 2023: Play the BBW Trivia Contest

A guide to links and Banned Books Week resources on the web and home to the world famous UST Banned Book Trivia contest!

The History (and Present) of Banning Books in America

"In those early days, Banned Books Week consisted almost entirely of libraries and bookstores hanging posters and displaying banned books. “Those displays were enormously effective communication tools,” says Finan, “because people would wander over and find out that the books they love had been challenged. Suddenly they understood that censorship isn’t just about fringe literature.”

Ridiculous Reason for Banning a Book


Bury my Heart at Wounded Knee by Dee Brown

Removed in Wild Rose, Wisconsin in 1974 by a district administrator because the book was 'slanted' and 'if there's a possibility that something might be controversial, then why not eliminate it.'

Banned Books on the Internet Archive

Book Banning has existed in America since colonial times, when legislatures and royal governors enacted laws against blasphemy and seditious libel. Legislatures in the early American republic passed laws against obscenity. Though freedom of the press has grown significantly over the course of the twentieth century, book banning and related forms of censorship have persisted due to cyclical concerns about affronts to cultural, political, moral, and religious orthodoxy.

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Daily Banned Books Week Trivia Contest - The Fine Print

 Welcome to Banned Books Week Trivia!

Each day during Banned Books Week we'll post clues to an infamously challenged or banned book.  You guess the title and out of the correct answers we'll randomly pick a winner for a 'valuable' prize, 

May the odds ever be in your favor!

Question for Thursday, October 5th


This acclaimed and immensely popular graphic novel first published in 2012 about a middle school play has been on the hit lists of a number of would-be censors, who claim the book is offensive because it includes LGBTQ characters. 

Answer:  Drama by Raina Telgemeier

Tonight's winner: John Campbell

Congratulations John!

Question for Wednesday, October 4th

This book was first published in 1970 by a Nobel Prize winning author as been a mainstay on the American Library Association’s list of most challenged books. Reasons cited have included, “sexually explicit material,” “lots of graphic descriptions and lots of disturbing language,” and “an underlying socialist-communist agenda.” One complaint simply called it a “bad book.”


In 2022 it was number three on ALA's most challenged list.



Answer: The Bluest Eye by Toni Morrison

Tonight's winner: Stephanie Butler

Congratulations Stephanie!

Question for Tuesday, October 3rd

I hope everyone is wearing the titular clothing item of this book series which was first published in 1997, and has made the American Library Association’s Top Challenged Books list in 2002, 2004, 2005, 2012, 2013, and 2018 (!)

Answer: “Tra-la-lah!” As way too many overgrown adolescents know, the answer to today's trivia question is none other than The Adventures of Captain Underpants.

Today's winner: Katie Stitt

Congratulations Katie!

Question for Monday, October 2nd


This book was originally published in 2007 and it has been on lists of most challenged titles almost every year since. In 2022 it is number eight on the list of the American Library Associations most challenged books.  

This image is a clue but it's not the answer

Answer: As all of tonight's players know, the absolutely true answer to my question is The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian by Sherman Alexie.

Tonight's absolutely true winner:  Zach Abel

Congratulations Zach!

How Banning Books Marginalizes Children


Since the 1800s, attitudes about which books are “appropriate” for kids to read have too often suppressed stories about different cultures and life experiences.

Teacher resigns after uproar over sharing QR code for library access with classroom

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Comic Book League Defense Fund (CBDLF) Links

Why Comic Books are Banned
"Comics are challenged for all of the same content reasons that other books are challenged, but are uniquely vulnerable to challenges because of the medium’s visual nature..."

Banned and Challenged Comics
CBLDF's list of banned and/or challenged comic books

History of Comics Censorship
"This six part series puts our ever-popular convention presentation on the history of comics censorship into print, covering the history of comics censorship from book burnings and the establishment of the Comics Code Authority to modern day library challenges and attacks on manga."