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Banned Book Week   Tags: 6th grade, 7th grade, middle school, reading  

Last Updated: Sep 28, 2016 URL: Print Guide RSS Updates

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What is Banned Books Week?

Banned Books Week was launched in 1982 in response to a sudden surge in the number of challenges to books in schools, bookstores and libraries.

More than 11,300 books have been challenged since 1982 according to the American Library Association.   

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. 


Most Challenged Books of 2015

  1. Looking for Alaska, by John Green
  2. Fifty Shades of Grey, by E. L. James
  3. I Am Jazz, by Jessica Herthel and Jazz Jennings
  4. Beyond Magenta: Transgender Teens Speak Out, by Susan Kuklin
  5. The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time, by Mark Haddon
  6. The Holy Bible
  7. Fun Home, by Alison Bechdel
  8. Habibi, by Craig Thompson
  9. Nasreen’s Secret School: A True Story from Afghanistan, by Jeanette Winter
  10. Two Boys Kissing, by David Levithan

Celebrate Your Freedom to READ!


Challenge vs. Banning

Book Challenge: an attempt to remove or restrict materials, based upon the objections of a person or group. 

Book Banning: the removal of those materials. 

Challenges do not simply involve a person expressing a point of view; rather, they are an attempt to remove material from the curriculum or library, thereby restricting the access of others.  


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