Celebrating the Freedom to Read:
September 25 – October 1, 2016
Banned Books Week is an annual event celebrating the freedom to read…[It] highlights the value of free and open access to information. Banned Books Week brings together the entire book community; librarians, booksellers, publishers, journalists, teachers, and readers of all types, in shared support of the freedom to seek and to express ideas, even those some consider unorthodox or unpopular.
I was naive as child to assume I could have access to any book I wanted to read as soon as I was able to read it. Back in the dark ages of the 1950’s, I thought I was a real big shot when I mastered Fun With Dick and Jane. It wasn’t until high school that I learned that some books offend some people and those people didn’t think I should make my own reading choices.
The American Library Association’s Office of Information Freedom began collecting data about challenged and banned books in 1990 and that list of 20,000+ is just the tip of the iceberg – it doesn’t include unreported challenges.
If you want to see a list of the most popular titles listed by challenge reasons, visit the link to the ALA in the graphic above.
Each year, I choose a title from the latest list of challenges and read it for myself. This year’s selection is:
LOOKING FOR ALASKA
by John Green.
ALA Best Book for Young Adults
Top 10 ALA Quick Pick for Reluctant Young Readers
2005 Booklist Editors’ Choice
Kirkus Best Book of 2005
2005 School Library Journal Best Book of the Year
New York Public Library Book for the Teen Age
Unsuited for Age Group
New York Dutton | 1st Ed. 2005
Hardcover: 350 pages
Audience: Secondary School (High School)
Stayed tuned for my review and thoughts in the coming weeks. If you choose to read a title from the banned books list I would love to hear about it!