Celebrate 2017 Banned Books Week
Sept. 24 – Sept. 30
Support the freedom to read with out censorship.
The American Library Association’s
Most Frequently Challenged Book List
Banned Books Week is an annual event celebrating the freedom to read. Typically held during the last week of September, 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 — in shared support of the freedom to seek and express ideas, even those some consider unorthodox or unpopular.
To continue to raise awareness about the harms of censorship and the freedom to read, the ALA Office for Intellectual Freedom (OIF) publishes an annual list of the Top Ten Most Challenged Books, using information from public challenges reported in the media, as well as censorship reports submitted to the office through its challenge reporting form.
Source: American Library Association
My 2017 Challenged Book Selection
What book will you choose?
This year I have selected:
The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian by Sherman Alexie.
Author: Sherman Alexie
Illustrator: Ellen Forney
Little, Brown and Co.| 2007
Hardcover: 229 pages
Genre: Young Adult Fiction
This young adult book won a 2007 National Book Award for Young People’s Literature and has been on the list five times since its publication in 2007.
It was the #1 Challenged Book in 2014.
The reasons cited for the library challenges are: anti-family, cultural insensitivity, drugs/alcohol/smoking, gambling, offensive language, sex education, sexually explicit, unsuited for age group, violence and “depictions of bullying”.
- National Book Award, Young People’s Literature, 2007.
- Odyssey Award, 2009.
- Notable Book for a Global Society award winner, 2008.
- American Indian Youth Literature Award Winner, 2008