Banned Books Week

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Sunday, September 25, 2016 - 9:00am to Saturday, October 1, 2016 - 7:00pm

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Banned Books Week

Why are so many diverse books banned? The 2016 celebration of Banned Books Week will examine this important question as part of its thematic focus on diversity. Banned Books Week, the annual celebration of the freedom to read, runs from September 25−October 1, 2016, and will be observed in thousands of libraries, schools, bookstores and other community settings across the nation and the world.

It is estimated that over half of all banned books are by authors of color, or contain events and issues concerning diverse communities, according to ALA’s Office for Intellectual Freedom. This year’s Banned Books Week will celebrate literature written by diverse writers that has been banned or challenged, as well as explore why diverse books are being disproportionately singled out in the first place.

Explore the following pages for listings of banned/challenged books:

The top ten most challenged books of 2015 include:

Looking for Alaska Cover Image
$10.99
ISBN: 9780142402511
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Published: Speak - December 28th, 2006

Reasons: Offensive language, sexually explicit, and unsuited for age group.


Fifty Shades of Grey: Book One of the Fifty Shades Trilogy (Fifty Shades of Grey Series #1) Cover Image
$15.95
ISBN: 9780345803481
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Published: Vintage - April 3rd, 2012

Reasons: Sexually explicit, unsuited to age group, and other (“poorly written,” “concerns that a group of teenagers will want to try it”).


I Am Jazz Cover Image
$17.99
ISBN: 9780803741072
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Published: Dial Books - September 4th, 2014

Reasons: Inaccurate, homosexuality, sex education, religious viewpoint, and unsuited for age group.


Beyond Magenta: Transgender Teens Speak Out Cover Image
$12.99
ISBN: 9780763673680
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Published: Candlewick - March 10th, 2015

Reasons: Anti-family, offensive language, homosexuality, sex education, political viewpoint, religious viewpoint, unsuited for age group, and other (“wants to remove from collection to ward off complaints”).


The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time (Vintage Contemporaries) Cover Image
$15.00
ISBN: 9781400032716
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Published: Vintage - May 18th, 2004

Reasons: Offensive language, religious viewpoint, unsuited for age group, and other (“profanity and atheism”).


Text Bible-NLT-Economy Cover Image
By Tyndale (Producer)
$5.99
ISBN: 9781414309477
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Published: Tyndale House Publishers - March 1st, 2006

Reasons: Religious viewpoint.


Fun Home: A Family Tragicomic Cover Image
$16.99
ISBN: 9780618871711
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Published: Mariner Books - June 5th, 2007

Reasons: Violence and other (“graphic images”).


Habibi (Pantheon Graphic Library) Cover Image
$40.00
ISBN: 9780375424144
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Published: Pantheon - September 20th, 2011

Reasons: Nudity, sexually explicit, and unsuited for age group.


Nasreen's Secret School: A True Story from Afghanistan Cover Image
By Jeanette Winter, Jeanette Winter (Illustrator)
$17.99
ISBN: 9781416994374
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Published: Beach Lane Books - October 6th, 2009

Reasons: Religious viewpoint, unsuited to age group, and violence.


Two Boys Kissing Cover Image
$9.99
ISBN: 9780307931917
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Published: Ember - May 12th, 2015

Reasons: Homosexuality and other (“condones public displays of affection”).