BAN Books? Let’s NOT!
At our Libraries, we’re always celebrating the freedom to read. Did you know that Librarians are on the front lines of our democracy, standing up and fighting for open access to information and intellectual freedom on the daily?
Check this out.
You may have heard about this book…
THE HATE U GIVE
THE #1 NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER
Did you know that this was one of the most banned and challenged books of 2017?!
This is how one student took matters into her own hands:
‘Students are increasingly defending challenged material. When The Hate U Give was removed from shelves in Katy, Texas, 15-year-old Ny’Shira Lundy started a petition that garnered nearly 4,000 signatures and helped restore the book. “I feel like children should have the power to learn about what they want to learn about,” Lundy told the National Coalition Against Censorship. “But by [removing a book], we don’t have intellectual freedom, we don’t open the door to learn about the things that we would like to learn about.” - Ny’Shira Lundy, Literary Activist, bannedbooksweek.org
(NOTE: Read the book before you see the movie on or after 10/5!
Curious about becoming a Literary Activist… but not quite sure where to start?
The ALA Office for Intellectual Freedom - Top Ten Most Challenged Books
(Most of the titles below are considered Young Adult novels, however,
a few are meant for a younger audience… younger siblings anyone?)
The Hate U Give, written by Angie Thomas
(Access: actual book, actual book Large Type, eAudiobook, eBook, book on CD)
Despite winning multiple awards and being the most searched-for book on Goodreads during its debut year, this YA novel was challenged and banned in school libraries and curriculums because it was considered “pervasively vulgar” and because of drug use, profanity, and offensive language.
Thirteen Reasons Why, written by Jay Asher
(Access: actual book, actual book in Spanish, eBook, eAudiobook, book on CD, DVD)
Originally published in 2007, this New York Times bestseller has resurfaced as a controversial book after Netflix aired a TV series by the same name. This YA novel was challenged and banned in multiple school districts because it discusses suicide.
The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian, written by Sherman Alexie
(Access: actual book, eAudiobook, book on CD)
Consistently challenged since its publication in 2007 for acknowledging issues such as poverty, alcoholism, and sexuality, this National Book Award winner was challenged in school curriculums because of profanity and situations that were deemed sexually explicit.
Drama, written and illustrated by Raina Telgemeier
(Access: actual book, actual graphic novel, eBook).
This Stonewall Honor Award-winning, 2012 graphic novel from an acclaimed cartoonist was challenged and banned in school libraries because it includes LGBT characters and was considered “confusing.”
The Kite Runner, written by Khaled Hosseini
(Access: actual book, actual graphic novel, actual book Large Type, eAudiobook, book on CD, DVD)
This critically acclaimed, multigenerational novel was challenged and banned because it includes sexual violence and was thought to “lead to terrorism” and “promote Islam.”
George, written by Alex Gino
(Access: actual book, eAudiobook, eBook, book on CD)
Written for elementary-age children, this Lambda Literary Award winner was challenged and banned because it includes a transgender child.
Sex is a Funny Word, written by Cory Silverberg and illustrated by Fiona Smyth.*
(Access: 10 copies of the actual book)
This 2015 informational children’s book written by a certified sex educator was challenged because it addresses sex education and is believed to lead children to “want to have sex or ask questions about sex.”
To Kill a Mockingbird, written by Harper Lee
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This Pulitzer Prize-winning novel, considered an American classic, was challenged and banned because of violence and its use of the N-word.
And Tango Makes Three, written by Peter Parnell and Justin Richardson and illustrated by Henry Cole
(Access: actual book, actual book in Spanish, eBook, book and CD)
Returning after a brief hiatus from the Top Ten Most Challenged list, this ALA Notable Children’s Book, published in 2005, was challenged and labeled because it features a same-sex relationship.
I Am Jazz, written by Jessica Herthel and Jazz Jennings and illustrated by Shelagh McNicholas
(Access: 13 copies of the actual book)
This autobiographical picture book co-written by the 13-year-old protagonist was challenged because it addresses gender identity.
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Banned Books Week 2018 - Sonoma County Library
Created by Rosalie C. Abbott, MLIS, Sebastopol Regional Library