What is banned book week?
Banned book week, is an annual awareness campaign that celebrates the freedom to read, by drawing attention to banned or challenged books. In the United States this means keeping banned and challenged books available for individuals to obtain their own view points or opinions of books that many believe to have unorthodox or unpopular view points.
Usually held during the last week of September, the event encourages readers to examine challenged literature, and also promotes intellectual freedom in libraries, schools, and stores. The goal is “to teach the importance of our First Amendment rights and the power of literature, and to draw attention to the restraints that are still imposed on the availability of information in a free society.”
For more information regarding Banned Book Week, please visit bannedbooksweek.org
What is a Banned Book?
A banned book, is a book that free access is denied. In other words a group or a person is protesting that the book is not suitable for a certain age group or for the general public. This challenge is based on several factors but is most often based on political, religious or moral ideas that are unpopular, offensive to that group or unorthodox.
What is the Difference Between a Banned Book and a Challenged Book?
A challenge is an attempt to have the book removed based on the objections of certain groups.
A banning is the removal of those materials from the mainstream library or schools.
Why Should You Care?
The banning or challenging of a book, is based on one person or a certain group of people’s view-point or moral code. As with any censorship this is an attempt to stop anyone else from having an opinion or view-point of their own. As citizens of the United States the First amendment is suppose to help stop censorship, each person should be given the chance to say this is ok or not ok for myself or my children to read, write or anything else. Censorship of books is saying that you as a normal law-abiding citizen is not capable of making that choice on your own, someone else is choosing for you, and that is not ok.
Some of the Most Popular Banned Books:
Catcher in the Rye by J.D. Salinger
Animal Farm by George Orwell
Harry Potter Series by J K Rowling
The Davinci Code by Dan Brown
The Top 5 Challenged Books of 2012:
Captain Underpants Series by Dav Pilkey
The absolutely True Story of a Part Time Indian by Sherman Alexie
Thirteen Reasons Why by Jay Asher
The Fifty Shades of Grey Trilogy by E.L. James
and Tango Makes Three by Justin Richardson and Peter Parnell
I encourage you all to read a banned or challenge book and choose to make your own opinion.
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