On September 23-27, the American Library Association (ALA) will be once again celebrating National Banned Book Week. This is their national campaign to bring awareness to the dangers of censorship of books. This is the 15th year of the campaign where libraries, schools, colleges, and community organizations organize events ranging from read ins, informational events, and displays for the public.
Each year they collect the data of challenged books from libraries and schools of challenged books by schools, churches, and parents. They then collect the reasons which usually include sexually graphic, violent, anti Christian, not age appropriate, drug use, or homosexual themed.
According to the Banned Book Week website,
Banned Books Week was launched in 1982 in response to a sudden surge in the number of challenges to books in schools, bookstores and libraries. More than 11,300 books have been challenged since 1982.
Once they collect the information they compile a list of the top 100 of the year. Here are a few recent books that have been challenged: "Captain Underpants", "The Giver", "Winnie the Pooh", "The Hunger Games", "Twilight" and more.
For a more complete list please visit their website at www.bannedbooksweek.com.
Please see the list to the side to see books that have been banned and/or challenged throughout the years.
Here is a list of the Most Challenged Books of 2012
- Captain Underpants (series), by Dav Pilkey Reasons: Offensive language, unsuited for age group
- The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian, by Sherman Alexie Reasons: Offensive language, racism, sexually explicit, unsuited for age group
- Thirteen Reasons Why, by Jay Asher Reasons: Drugs/alcohol/smoking, sexually explicit, suicide, unsuited for age group
- Fifty Shades of Grey, by E. L. James. Reasons: Offensive language, sexually explicit
- And Tango Makes Three, by Peter Parnell and Justin Richardson. Reasons: Homosexuality, unsuited for age group
- The Kite Runner, by Khaled Hosseini. Reasons: Homosexuality, offensive language, religious viewpoint, sexually explicit
- Looking for Alaska, by John Green. Reasons: Offensive language, sexually explicit, unsuited for age group
- Scary Stories (series), by Alvin Schwartz Reasons: Unsuited for age group, violence
- The Glass Castle, by Jeanette Walls Reasons: Offensive language, sexually explicit
- Beloved, by Toni Morrison Reasons: Sexually explicit, religious viewpoint, violence