Harry Potter, Twilight, Gossip Girl, Diary of Anne Frank… What’s your favorite book? Chances are good that someone has tried to ban it. Celebrate YOUR freedom to read during Banned Book Week, September 26 to October 3.
Every year hundreds of book challenges are reported to the American Library Association’s Office of Intellectual Freedom. Most often challenges are motivated by the desire to protect children from “inappropriate” sexual content and “offensive” language, which is why the top three reasons cited by the Office of Intellectual Freedom are
1. Material contains material considered “sexually explicit”
2. Material contains “offensive language”
3 Material is considered “unsuited to any age group”
Of course, these are just the things that catch the attention of your average teen. What you read should be an issue between you and your parents. It isn’t anyone else’s business. So, in honor of this special week read a banned book! Stop in the Teen Room and see what books made the list. Test your knowledge of challenged and banned books by taking a quick quiz (there are prizes involved!). If you have more questions feel free to ask a librarian or check out the ALA website.