Banned Books Week (September 27 – October 3, 2020) celebrates the freedom to read. BBW spotlights attempts to censor books in both libraries and schools. It brings together the entire book community — librarians, booksellers, publishers, journalists, teachers, and readers of all ages — in shared support of the freedom to seek and to express ideas, even those some consider unorthodox or unpopular. source: ala.org
Challenge: an attempt to remove or restrict materials, based upon the objections of a person or group.
Banned: the removal of those materials.
Top 10 Most Challenged Books in 2019:
1. George by Alex Gino
2. Beyond Magenta: Transgender Teens Speak Out by Susan Kuklin
3. A Day in the Life of Marlon Bundo by Jill Twiss, illustrated by EG Keller
4. Sex is a Funny Word by Cory Silverberg, illustrated by Fiona Smyth
5. Prince & Knight by Daniel Haack, illustrated by Stevie Lewis
6. I Am Jazz by Jessica Herthel and Jazz Jennings, illustrated by Shelagh
7. The Handmaid’s Tale by Margaret Atwood
8. Drama written and illustrated by Raina Telgemeier
9. Harry Potter series by J. K. Rowling
10. And Tango Makes Three by Peter Parnell and Justin Richardson
illustrated by Henry Cole
Some very famous books are routinely challenged: the Bible, To Kill a Mockingbird, Night, Adventures of Huckleberry Fin, The Grapes of Wrath, Great Gatsby, just to name a few. Take our quiz to see how much you know about books and why they are challenged.
Banned Books Reading List: