Next week is banned book week! It runs from September 28,2020- October 3, 2020. For those who are not familiar with this week. It is a celebration for the right to read! It started in 1982 by library activist Judith Krug after she notice a large amount of books were being banned from public libraries and schools. She brought up the event to the Association of American Publishers’s Intellectual Freedom Committee and they liked the idea so much and it has been a thing ever since.
So here are some books that have been frequently challenged or banned and the reasons why:
The Handmaid’s Tale (1985) by Margaret Atwood. Reason(s) why it is on the list: Themes of Sexuality, anti-Christian views, discussion of suicide and violence.
The House of the Spirits (1982) by Isabel Allende. Reason why it is on the list: Sexual content.
Goosebumps (the entire book series 1992-1997) by R.L. Stone. Reasons why it is on the list: Themes of violence, supernatural entities and youth disobedience,
Draw Me a Star (1992) by Eric Carle- reasons why it is on the list: nude pictures of Adam and Eve and explicit sexual content.
As I Lay Dying (1930) By William Faulkner- Reasons why it is on the list: Issues of death and abortion.
Native Son (1940) by Richard Wright. Reason why it is on the list- themes of the sex and violence.
The Stupids ( entire series 1974-1989) by Harry Allard. Reasons why it is on the list: encouraging bad behavior, themes of death and foul language.
Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark (1981-1991) by Alvin Schwartz: reason why it is on the list- violence and not ok for the age group it as aim for.
Daddy’s Roommate (1991) by Michael Willhoite. Reason why it is on the list: LGBT themes.
Family Secrets (1985) by Norma Klein. Reasons why it is on the list: foul language, themes of sex, incest, smoking and adultery.
To see a full list of these banned books the link is below:
Commonly Banned Books in the US
Are you surprised that these books are on the list? What books have you read that has been on the list?
Until next time!