Protect your first amendment rights! This week, September 26th-October 3rd is Banned Books Week. Banned Books Week was founded in 1982 by the American Library Association as a way to celebrate the freedom of expression of the written word. Banning books can be very dangerous because it limit’s a diversity of opinion. If everyone read the same thing then humans would not formulate new ideas that can lead to innovations in social, civil, arts, and political spheres.
A few frequently challenged books are The Kite Runner by Khaled Hosseini, the Harry Potter series, Forever by Judy Blume, and the Captain Underpants series by Dav Pilkey. Some of the reasons these books were challenged were for being unsuitable for age group, anti-family, occultism, and sexual content. Check out the list at http://www.ala.org/ala/issuesadvocacy/banned/bannedbooksweek/index.cfm
Here are some challenged teen books you can find at IMCPL:
Forever by Judy Blume
Katie, an IMCPL patron, had this to say about Forever:
this book is a very good book! i loved it!!! it has a lot of good advice in it and it it will grab your attention when u first start reading it!!! Judy BL\lume is one of my favorite authors too………i really enjoy her books! if u like her too then i recommend u read this book!
TTYL by Lauren Myracle
The Perks of Being a Wallflower by Stephen Chbosky
The Earth, My Butt, and Other Big, Round Things by Carolyn Mackler
Athletic Shorts: Six Short Stories by Chris Crutcher
What My Mother Doesn’t Know by Sonya Sones