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Banned Books Week draws national attention to the harms of censorship. The books featured during Banned Books Week have all been targeted with removal or restrictions in libraries and schools. While books have been and continue to be banned, part of the Banned Books Week celebration is the fact that, in a majority of cases, the books have remained available. This happens only thanks to the efforts of librarians, teachers, students, and community members who stand up and speak out for the freedom to read.Banned Books Week is an annual event celebrating the freedom to read.  ALA


Here is a video from the ALA that lists the top  challenged books for 2015.



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The challenged/banned books are often about people and issues which some consider to “sensitive” or “controversial” to allow in libraries or schools. These issues include religion, sexuality, gender, race, ethnicity and more. Many books which are considered great classics and must-reads by colleges and universities have been banned or challenged. These include Tom Sawyer, The Grapes of Wrath, Catcher in the Rye, Of Mice and Men, The Great Gatsby, and The Color Purple. Did you know the Bible is on the list of banned books? Imagine not having access to read the Bible or any other religious books because someone objected to it being available to the public. (At the bottom of this post, you will find links to the banned/challenged books lists.)

Here are a few of mine and my children’s favorite banned books.


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Check out all the banned books available on #Kindle starting at just 99 cents.

Find out if any of your favorites made the ALA list.

What are your favorite banned books? Share them in the comments below.


3 thoughts on “#BannedBooksWeek Celebrating the Freedom to Read

  • Kathleen - Bloggers Lifestyle

    These books sound very interesting and I guess controversial. Funny how times and values change.

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  • Kimberly H. Smith

    The Outsiders is on the banned list? What?! I had no idea. Loved that book when I was a teenager. As well as the movie. Thanks for sharing this on Traffic Jam Weekend, Evelyn.

  • Sandy Weinstein

    i cant believe some of the books they put on the banned list. you should be able to read what you want. some of the ones they ban for kids have been around for many years. cant believe they would ban To Kill a Mockingbird, The Great Gatsby, etc. some of the books are history in the making. . .


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