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Banned Books Today

When a librarian talks to people about Banned Book Week, they get many people who scoff at the notion that book banning and challenges still happen today. Between the beginning of 2012 and September 2013, there have been almost 50 challenges and some out right banning of books in the United States alone. The ALA has put together a list of the books challenged during 2012-2013. Let’s take a look at a...

Khaled Hosseini, author of The Kite Runner, discusses banned book

Khaled Hosseini, author of The Kite Runner, discussed book banning at the 2013 Annual ALA Conference. The Kite Runner, was the 6th most frequently challenged novel in 2012 for homosexuality, offensive language, religious viewpoint, and being sexually explicit; and the ninth most frequently challenged book of 2008 for offensive language, sexually explicit, and unsuited to age group. Hosseini read a passage of the...

Banned Books to Movies

In August, we posted a list of books that are becoming movies this year. The Book to Movie trend isn’t a new one. In fact, many banned books have been made into extremely popular movies. [Show picture list] ...

Banned Book Week 2013

What is Banned Book Week? Banned Books Week, Sept. 22 – 28, stresses the importance of preventing censorship and ensuring everyone’s freedom to read any book, no matter how unorthodox or unpopular. (ALA) 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. (Banned...

Top 10 Most Frequently Challenged Books in 2012

Here’s a list of the most frequently challenged book for 2012 as complied by ALA’s Office of Intellectual Freedom. It’s not the first time that Dav’ Pilkey’s Captain Underpants (series) has hit the top 10 most frequently challenged books for a year. It was also on the lists in 2002, 2004, and 2005. Captain Underpants (series), by Dav Pilkey. Why?: Offensive language, unsuited for age...
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