Banned Books Week is an annual event put on by the ALA. Celebrate your freedom to read by reading a banned book!
The YA section of my local library is participating and asking their teen patrons to take banned book “shelfies.” You may also see banned books featured at your library this week, and the ALA is hosting other activities like a virtual read-out, Twitter party, and Google hangouts with banned/challenged authors. I support freedom to read in every way and would be pissed off if anyone in my community tried to forbid my child from reading whatever she wants.
A recently challenged book is Eleanor and Park (a book my own hs freshman is currently reading) and I’m sure you’ve read about the controversy. This feature at The Toast has a great overview of the situation and Q&A with Rainbow Rowell, and the original complaint can easily be found online if you’d like to read it. E&P is one of my fave books of the year, and I definitely feel it offers a lot of hope for teens going through a tough time at home, and to those who don’t fit in at school. “Obscene” is not the word I’d use to describe the book.
Ten YA and MG books that have been banned or challenged in recent years include:
1. The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian by Sherman Alexie
2. Thirteen Reasons Why by Jay Asher
3. Looking for Alaska by John Green
4. Scary Stories (series) by Alvin Schwartz
5. ttyl; ttfn; l8r, g8r (series) by Lauren Myracle
6. The Hunger Games trilogy by Suzanne Collins
7. What My Mother Doesn’t Know by Sonya Sones
8. Crank by Ellen Hopkins
9. The Perks of Being A Wallflower by Stephen Chbosky
10. Lush by Natasha Friend
Let’s celebrate Banned Book Week with a giveaway! One winner will receive a book of their choice from this list of frequently challenged books.
Congrats to Liam who chose to win The Hunger Games!