Read a Banned Book!
During Banned Books Week, we take time to celebrate our freedom to read. The annual event began in 1982 as a response to the increase of challenges to books in schools, bookstores and libraries when an individual or group would challenge the appropriateness for a book to be included in a collection or curriculum. Banned Books Week is meant to highlight the value of free and open access to information and supports the freedom to seek and express ideas, even those that some may consider unpopular.
So pick up and check out a Banned Book today and celebrate your freedom to read!
Find a few below, and hundreds more through the American Library Association's Frequently Challenged Books List. Find out more about Banned Books Week through the American Library Association’s Office for Intellectual Freedom.
Harriet the Spy, by Louise Fitzhugh
Who banned it: School Board Xenia, Ohio
Why: Teaches children to lie, spy and talk back
The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe, by C.S. Lewis
Who banned it: Howard County (MD) School System
Why: It depicts "graphic violence, mysticism and gore"
Harry Potter, by J. K. Rowling
Who banned it: The Superintendent of Schools in Zeeland, Michigan
When: 1999 to present
Why: They promote witchcraft, set bad examples and are too dark
In A Dark, Dark Room, and Other Scary Stories, by Alvin Schwartz
Who banned it: A library and school district in Michigan
When: Continuously banned since 1990
Why: Too morbid and scary for children
Green Eggs and Ham, by Dr. Seuss
Who banned it: People's Republic of China
When: Many times between 1965 and 1991
Why: portrayal of early political and economic theories (Marxism)