Banned Books Week 2013 (September 22 – 28) kicks off today. More than 11,000 books have been challenged since the initiative began in 1982 and it doesn’t look like that number will decrease until people realize it’s perfectly fine to read what they want and let others do the same.
The American Library Association’s Office of Intellectual Freedom logged 464 reported challenges in 2012. OIF also compiles lists of the most challenged books each year. Here’s the top ten titles that irked the Thought Police (and why) in 2012:
- CAPTAIN UNDERPANTS (series) by Dav Pilkey (offensive language, unsuited for age group)
- THE ABSOLUTELY TRUE DIARY OF A PART-TIME INDIAN by Sherman Alexie (offensive language, racism, sexually explicit, unsuited for age group)
- THIRTEEN REASONS WHY by Jay Asher (drugs/alcohol/smoking, sexualy explicit, suicide, unsuited for age group)
- FIFTY SHADES OF GREY by E.L. James (offensive language, sexually explicit)
- AND TANGO MAKES THREE by Peter Parnell and Justin Richardson (homosexuality, unsuited for age group)
- THE KITE RUNNER by Khaled Hosseini (homosexuality, offensive language, religious viewpoint, sexually explicit)
- LOOKING FOR ALASKA by John Green (offensive language, sexually explicit, unsuited for age group)
- SCARY STORIES (series) by Alvin Schwartz (unsuited for age group, violence)
- THE GLASS CASTLE by Jeanette Walls (offensive language, sexually explicit)
- BELOVED by Toni Morrison (sexually explicit, religious viewpoint, violence)
Check out bannedboooksweek.org for more info on this week’s awareness activities including Twitter parties, Google+ hangouts, and the Virtual Read-out. Meanwhile, I’m celebrating the freedom to read by immersing myself (for the third time) in Rainbow Rowell’s ELEANOR & PARK which is currently under siege.
What are your favorite challenged/banned books?