Another year, another Banned Books Week and it’s been another year with plenty of stories hitting the press about burned and challenged books and library protests, proving why this week is so important all round!
Banned Books Week is organised by the American Libraries Association to highlight the challenged they face when people demand censorship. Books highlighted in Banned Books Week must have been challenged publicly and banned from a library or school.
Every year the ALA comes forward with a list showing the most challenged books of the previous year and here we have for you the top 10 from that list for last year (2018)
A Day in the Life of Marlon Bundo – Jill Twiss
This book about a bunny is the second most challenged book because of its LGBTQ viewpoint, but as it was released as a direct response to the White House’s anti LGBT stance, you can throw politics into mix for the challenge on this one.
The Hate U Give – Angie Thomas
We covered the story where South Carolina Police challenged a summer reading list for being anti-police. That’s just one of the reasons given for The Hate U Give hitting this list.
Thirteen Reasons Why – Jay Asher
Thirteen Reasons Why is on the list because of parents complaining about the theme of suicide. Interestingly, Thirteen Reasons Why didn’t receive a challenged until the Netflix adaptation, despite being released several years ago.