Banned Books Week Is Next Week

Hank Reichman adds, Banned Books Week has its own website here:

ALA’s own page on BBW is here:


In 2013, the American Library Association’s Office for Intellectual Freedom documented the banning of 307 books in locations across the United States.

The ten most frequently banned books of 2013 were the following:

Captain Underpants (Series), by Dav Pilkey.
Reasons: Offensive language, unsuited for age group, violence.

The Bluest Eye, by Toni Morrison.
Reasons: Offensive language, sexually explicit, unsuited to age group, violence.

The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian, by Sherman Alexie.
Reasons: Drugs/alcohol/smoking, offensive language, racism, sexually explicit, unsuited to age group.

Fifty Shades of Grey, by E.L. James.
Reasons: Nudity, offensive language, religious viewpoint, sexually explicit, unsuited to age group.

The Hunger Games, by Suzanne Collins.
Reasons: Religious viewpoint, unsuited to age group.

A Bad Boy Can Be Good for a Girl, by Tanya Lee Stone.
Reasons: Drugs/alcohol/smoking, nudity, offensive language, sexually explicit.

Looking for Alaska, by John Green.
Reasons: Drugs/alcohol/smoking, sexually explicit, unsuited to age group.


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