Banned Book week started from September 26-October 2, 2021. What is banned book week you ask? It started in 1982. A bunch of books were on a list that were being frequently challenged by higher ups in schools saying that those books on the list could not be in schools or public libraries due to the reading material. The books were found to be either immoral and/or offensive due to whatever official was challenging it. Ever since 1982 the American Library Association would pick a week in the fall to highlight those books that were on the list.
I have decided to pick a couple of books that were on the the American Library Association list at one point or are still on it and why.
The Boy who lost his Face By Louis Sachar (1989)- reason why it was banned and/or challenged: has content containing material about bullying, occult, swearing and sexuality.
A Day in the List of Marlon Bundo by Jill Twiss (2018) reason why it was banned and/or challenged: political, religious material and LGBTQIA+ content.
The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas (2017) reason it was banned and/or challenged: encouragement of being anti police and swearing.
Junie B. Jones (entire series ) by Barbara Park (1992-2013): reason it was banned and/or challenged: promoting being bad.
Of mice and Men by John Steinbeck (1937) reason why it was banned and/or challenged: reading material contain swearing, racism and fighting.
Sex by Madonna (1992) reason it was banned and/or challenged: Material was all sexual content.
The Things they Carried by Tim O’Brien (1990): reason it was banned and/or challenged: reading material had violence, abuse towards animals, swearing, and anti war discussion about the Vietnam War.
Halloween ABC by Eve Merriam (1987) reason it was banned and/or challenged: reading material about Satan and cults and encouraged fighting.
Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark by Alvin Schwartz (series) (1981-1991) reason it was banned and/or challenged: deemed to scary towards the target age group and encouraged fighting.
That is just a couple of books that are on the list. The list always gets updated yearly and it is ever growing.
Here is a link of a list of the most frequently banned/ or chanellged books. Are any of your favorite books on it?
If so comment below!!!!
Until next time!
Sources: Wikipedia.com and ALA.com