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BANNED BOOKS

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Banned Books Week is an annual event celebrating the freedom to read. Typically held during the last week of September, it highlights the value of free and open access to information. Banned Books Week brings together the entire book community –- librarians, booksellers, publishers, journalists, teachers, and readers of all types –- in shared support of the freedom to seek and to express ideas, even those some consider unorthodox or unpopular.

Dav Pilkey (of Captain Underpants fame) explains the purpose of Banned Books week simply and clearly in this You Tube video.

Short video made by Tawnya Dudash, teacher librarian at SF Community School, https://youtu.be/K9MpIzqTcaY.

Check out this link for more information: BANNED BOOK WEEK FROM AMERICAN LIBRARY ASSOCIATION

Most frequently challenged books in 2014:

The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian, by Sherman Alexie
Reasons: anti-family, cultural insensitivity, drugs/alcohol/smoking, gambling, offensive language, sex education, sexually explicit, unsuited 
for age group, violence. Additional reasons: “depictions of bullying”

2)  Persepolis, by Marjane Satrapi
Reasons: gambling, offensive language, political viewpoint. Additional reasons: “politically, racially, and socially offensive,” “graphic depictions”

3)  And Tango Makes ThreeJustin Richardson and Peter Parnell
Reasons: Anti-family, homosexuality, political viewpoint, religious viewpoint, unsuited 
for age group. Additional reasons: “promotes the homosexual agenda”

4)  The Bluest Eye, by Toni Morrison
Reasons: Sexually explicit, unsuited 
for age group. Additional reasons: “contains controversial issues”

5)  It’s Perfectly Normal, by Robie Harris
Reasons: Nudity, sex education, sexually explicit, unsuited to age group. Additional reasons: “alleges it child pornography”

6)  Saga, by Brian Vaughan and Fiona Staples
Reasons: Anti-Family, nudity, offensive language, sexually explicit, and unsuited 
for age group

7)  The Kite Runner, by Khaled Hosseini
Reasons: Offensive language, unsuited to age group, violence

8)  The Perks of Being a Wallflower, by Stephen Chbosky
Reasons: drugs/alcohol/smoking, homosexuality, offensive language, sexually explicit, unsuited 
for age group. Additional reasons: “date rape and masturbation”

9)  A Stolen LifeJaycee Dugard
Reasons: drugs/alcohol/smoking, offensive language, sexually explicit, and unsuited 
for age group

10)  Drama, by Raina Telgemeier
Reasons: sexually explicit