Category Archives: Banned/Challenged Books

Banned Books Week, Day 7

This is the final day of Banned Books Week 2018, and I’m about to turn this thing over to you. What are you willing to do to support banned and challenged artists? One obvious move, of course, is to pick … Continue reading

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Banned Books Week, Day 6

I think everyone agrees with the message of this year’s theme for Banned Books Week: a banned book is a story silenced. But are there other ways stories are silenced, ways we as consumers (of written text, art, music, film, … Continue reading

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Banned Books Week, Day 5

The NCTE blog for 12 September 2018 provides this list of authors whose books have been challenged as part of AP high school curriculums: These authors have written books everyone should read, books that address such topics as sexuality, politics, racism, … Continue reading

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Banned Books Week, Day 4

So, how many challenges are there each year? As with almost anything else anyone wants to count, answering this question requires reliable evidence, and reports of challenges are spotty at best. The ALA offer this infographic, based on data collected … Continue reading

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Banned Books Week, Day 3

Why are books challenged? Who initiates the challenges? Where? The infographic below (from the ALA) provides a breakdown of some data from 2017. What surprises me is that the bulk of challenges take place in public libraries, more than what … Continue reading

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Banned Books Week, Day 2

Challenges or Bans — which is which? So, a big THANK YOU! to librarians, teachers, students, parents, and others who protect our right to access information in all forms. Today’s featured author is actually a composer: Richard Wagner. At the … Continue reading

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Banned Books Week, Day 1

Hey there! If you’re reading this, I hope it’s because you either 1) love to read or 2) are curious about what kinds of books get banned/challenged these days or 3) both of the above. This week, I’ll be writing … Continue reading

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Quick check in …

… to let you know about what’s coming up. BANNED BOOKS WEEK, September 23-29: A week to read/support books that have been banned or challenged, as well as the authors who’ve written them. Find out more here, a site hosted … Continue reading

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Scary books

One of the categories for the 2015 Reading Challenge is *banned book*. I looked at ALA’s list of most frequently challenged books in 2014 and was pleasantly surprised to learn I’d read half of the top ten. But I also discovered, … Continue reading

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Sherman Alexie on sad books

In a 2011 Wall Street Journal blog post, Sherman Alexie explains why YA books that address real issues of violence, death, sexuality, and other horrors need to be available for teen readers. Alexie was responding to an earlier WSJ article, by … Continue reading

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