Banned Books Week


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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!

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A LIST OF ALL OF HARPER TEEN'S BANNED OR CHALLENGED BOOKS:

 
The Contender
The Contender
by Robert Lipsyte
One Fat Summer
One Fat Summer
by Robert Lipsyte
Gentlehands
Gentlehands
by M. E. Kerr
Athletic Shorts
Athletic Shorts
by Chris Crutcher
Chinese Handcuffs
Chinese Handcuffs
by Chris Crutcher

Deadline
Deadline
by Chris Crutcher
Running Loose
Running Loose
by Chris Crutcher
 Stotan
Stotan
by Chris Crutcher
 Whale Talk
Whale Talk
by Chris Crutcher
 The Moves Make the Man
Moves Make the Man
by Bruce Brooks

 Dinky Hocker Shoots Smack
Dinky Hocker Shoots Smack
by M. E. Kerr
 Jacob Have I Loved
Jacob Have I Loved
by Katherine Paterson
 Stuck in Neutral
Stuck in Neutral
by Terry Trueman
 My Darling, My Hamburger
My Darling, My Hamburger
by Paul Zindel
 The Pigman
The Pigman
by Paul Zindel

 Am I Blue
Am I Blue?
by Marion Bauer
 Crazy Lady!
Crazy Lady!
by Jane Conly
 Julie of the Wolves
Julie of the Wolves
by Jean George
 Geography Club
Geography Club
by Brent Hartinger
 The Scarlet Letter
The Scarlet Letter
by Nathaniel Hawthorne




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?

Discuss banned books in the forums!

Tweet us @EpicReads & use the hashtag #BannedBooksWeek

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