Award-Winning Authors for Teens to Discuss Censorship

Tenley-Friendship Library

Award-Winning Authors for Teens to Discuss Censorship

Phyllis Reynolds Naylor, Deborah Hautzig help library celebrate Banned Book Week

In celebration of Banned Book Week 2015, Tenley-Friendship Library is thrilled to welcome award-winning authors—Phyllis Reynolds Naylor and Deborah Hautzig—for a lively conversation about censorship and intellectual freedom. Their books for teens have frequently been banned or challenged in schools and libraries across the country. 
 
Join us here at Tenley-Friendship Library on Tuesday, September 29 at 4:00 pm for this thought-provoking program.  
 
  • Phyllis Reynolds Naylor is a Newbery Award winner. Her 28-book Alice series is one of the most banned book series of the last decade.
  • Deborah Hautzig is a National Book Award finalist. Her first novel, Hey, Dollface, is frequently challenged or banned due to "gay-positive themes."
Banned Books Week, Sept. 27 – October 3, reminds all of us about the importance of preventing censorship and ensuring everyone’s freedom to read any book they choose. Young adult books are this year's focus of Banned Books Week.  
 
Books for Teens Are the Most Frequently Banned Books
"Young Adult books are challenged more frequently than any other type of book," said Judith Platt, chair of the American Library Association’s (ALA) Banned Books Week National Committee. "These are the books that speak most immediately to young people, dealing with many of the difficult issues that arise in their own lives, or in the lives of their friends. These are the books that give young readers the ability to safely explore the sometimes scary real world. This Banned Books Week is a call to action, to remind everyone that young people need to be allowed the freedom to read widely, to read books that are relevant for them, and to be able to make their own reading choices.

In recent years, the majority of the most frequently challenged books in libraries have been young adult (YA) books. In fact, six YA titles were on the list of the Top 10 Most Challenged Books of 2014,  according to ALA. Attempted bans on books of all kinds also frequently occur under the guise of protecting younger audiences.