Banned Books Week


Banned Books Week

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 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:
1. The book is considered to be too sexualy explicit 
2. The book has offensive language
3. 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.



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!

Copy and paste the embed code to your site or click to open a new window with the large image and right click to save each book cover as a JPG file (Control+click for Mac users). The height of the image can be adjusted in the embed code.

For your Facebook & Twitter profile images!
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Or embed these into your blog posts!
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Wizard of Oz Shade's Children
Angus, Thongs and Full-Frontal Snogging
By Louise Rennison
Deadline
By Chris Crutcher
The Wonderful Wizard of Oz
By L. Frank Baum
Shade's Children
By Garth Nix
     
 Period 8    
Period 8
By Chris Crutcher
Stuck In Neutral
By Terry Trueman
Geography Club
By Brent Hartinger
The Miseducation of Cameron Post
By emily m. danforth
       
       
 

MORE INFORMATION

1. Watch this awesome video in support of Banned Books Week from Bookmans
2. Download this challenged and Banned Books teaching guide
3. Official Banned Books Week website

 

 

LET'S DISCUSS!

Are some of your favorite books on this list? 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?

Tweet us @EpicReads & use the hashtag #BannedBooksWeek

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