September 22-28, 2013 just happens to be Banned Books Week! Hundreds of libraries and bookstores are participating in the national book community’s annual celebration of the freedom to read. This is a time when we highlight censorship by showing off many books that have been considered “challenged.” So in honor of Banned Books Week, I thought I’d share a few of my favorites.
1. Fahrenheit 451, Ray Bradbury, 1953
Banned for offensive language and content, a parent complained to West Marion High School, CA that the books use of “God Damn” was too much. Hearing this it was removed from the reading list and replaced with a version in which all the offensive words were blacked out.
2. Looking for Alaska, John Green, 2005
Banned for it’s look at sexual themes, after Tennessee legislature passed a bill saying schools cannot encourage sexual activities. The author upon hearing this posted an awareness video on his popular Youtube channel, VlogBrothers. Here’s the link to that video: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fHMPtYvZ8tM
3. Scary Stories (Series), Alvin Schwartz, 1981-1991
Banned for excessive violence and thoughts that these books aren’t suitable for their age group.
- Banned Books Week (aaslibrary.wordpress.com)
- 11 Quotes From Authors On Censorship & Banned Books (buzzfeed.com)
- “Read Everything”: It’s Banned Books Week (2dopesistahs.com)