This year marks the 30th anniversary of Banned Books Week. The annual event was started in 1982 by the Director of the American Library Association's Office for Intellectual Freedom and librarian, Judith Krug.
Banned Books Week was established by Krug to celebrate the freedom to read and write what one chooses. Since 1982, more than 11,000 books have been challenged in schools, libraries and bookstores. According to the American Library Association, there were 343 challenges reported to the Office of Intellectual Freedom in 2010.
10 MOST CHALLENGED BOOK TITLES OF 2010
Reasons: homosexuality, religious viewpoint, unsuited to age group
The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian - by Sherman Alexie
Reasons: offensive language, racism, religious viewpoint, sex education, sexually explicit, violence, unsuited to age group
Reasons: insensitivity, offensive language, racism, sexually explicit
Reasons: drugs, offensive language, racism, sexually explicit
Reasons: sexually explicit, violence, unsuited to age group
Reasons: drugs, sexually explicit, offensive language, unsuited to age group
Reasons: sexism, sexually explicit, unsuited to age group
Reasons: drugs, inaccurate, offensive language, political viewpoint, religious viewpoint
Reasons: homosexuality, sexually explicit
Reasons: sexually explicit, religious viewpoint, violence, unsuited to age group
How many of these titles have you read? How many do you own? Are these titles in your local library? If not, why not?
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