Did you know that the practice of banning books has been around since 387 B.C.? Today, in all 50 states, there are cases of books being censored – either being banned, challenged or altered in one way or another. We here at Epic Reads want to celebrate Banned Books Week (September 25th – October 1st) and help raise awareness on this subject. Below you will find a slew of resources you are free to use, share, reblog and discuss with your friends and fellow readers.
- BANNED VS. CHALLENGED
Challenged Books: Books that people are trying to remove or restrict from schools, libraries, ect.
- Banned Books: If a group of people challenge a book and they win, then the book is banned and removed from public spaces like schools, libraries, ect.
WHY DOES A BOOK GET CHALLENGED?
The books that are challenged usually fall into three offending categories:
- The book is considered to be too sexualy explicit
- The book has offensive language
- The book is unsuited for the age group
WHY IS THIS BAD?
Ummm…..restricting what kids and teens can read? Yeah, we’d say that’s a problem.
WHAT BOOKS HAVE BEEN BANNED OR CHALLENGED?
The American Library Association has a comprehensive list of all books that have been banned or challenged and broken them down into sub categories, but right here is where you can find the list of frequently challenged young adult books!
SHOW YOUR SUPPORT
If you’re like us and proud to read banned books and think the whole business or censoring books is just flat out wrong, then show your support! Read a banned book this week and tell your friends to join the cause! Feel free to post one of our badges to your blogs or use them as your Facebook or Twitter profile images for the week!
For embed codes and smaller badges with transparent backgrounds click this link!
- Watch this awesome video in support of Banned Books Week from Bookmans
- Download this challenged and Banned Books teaching guide
- Official Banned Books Week website
Are some of your favorite books on this list? Tell us about your banned book reading below! Have you ever been in a school where a book was banned? How do you support Banned Books Week and finally, what are some of your favorite banned or challenged books?