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Banned Books Week

Celebrate ALA's annual Banned Books Week, September 23-29, 2018

Upcoming Events

Banned Books Week Display
September 19-October 2 in the Library wall display case.

Banned Books Read-Out
Wednesday, September 26, 5-7pm
‚ÄčLibrary Lobby
Register now to participate!

Talking about Banned Books Week

Listen to Journalism Professor Marcy Burstiner and Masters of Library Science students Violet McCrigler and Nicki Viso discuss Banned Books Week and the upcoming Banned Books Read-Out on the KHSU Magazine radio program.
Nicki Viso, Violet McCrigler, Marcy Burstiner on KHSU Magazine

Stand Up for Your Right to Read

Artwork courtesy of the American Library Association.

If a book be false in its facts, disprove them; if false in its reasoning, refute it. But for God's sake, let us freely hear both sides if we choose.--Thomas Jefferson, 3rd US president, architect, and author (1743-1826)

Celebrate your freedom to read with a book from any of the challenged books lists.

Top 10 Challenged Books of 2017

Top Ten Most Frequently Challenged Books of 2017

  1. Thirteen Reasons Why written by Jay Asher
    Originally published in 2007, this New York Times bestseller has resurfaced as a controversial book after Netflix aired a TV series by the same name. This YA novel was challenged and banned in multiple school districts because it discusses suicide.
  2. The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian written by Sherman Alexie
    Consistently challenged since its publication in 2007 for acknowledging issues such as poverty, alcoholism, and sexuality, this National Book Award winner was challenged in school curriculums because of profanity and situations that were deemed sexually explicit.
  3. Drama written and illustrated by Raina Telgemeier
    This Stonewall Honor Award-winning, 2012 graphic novel from an acclaimed cartoonist was challenged and banned in school libraries because it includes LGBT characters and was considered “confusing.”
  4. The Kite Runner written by Khaled Hosseini
    This critically acclaimed, multigenerational novel was challenged and banned because it includes sexual violence and was thought to “lead to terrorism” and “promote Islam.”
  5. George written by Alex Gino
    Written for elementary-age children, this Lambda Literary Award winner was challenged and banned because it includes a transgender child.
  6. Sex is a Funny Word written by Cory Silverberg and illustrated by Fiona Smyth
    This 2015 informational children’s book written by a certified sex educator was challenged because it addresses sex educationand is believed to lead children to “want to have sex or ask questions about sex.”
  7. To Kill a Mockingbird written by Harper Lee
    This Pulitzer Prize-winning novel, considered an American classic, was challenged and banned because of violence and its use of the N-word.
  8. The Hate U Give written by Angie Thomas
    Despite winning multiple awards and being the most searched-for book on Goodreads during its debut year, this YA novel was challenged and banned in school libraries and curriculums because it was considered “pervasively vulgar” and because of drug useprofanity, and offensive language.
  9. And Tango Makes Three written by Peter Parnell and Justin Richardson and illustrated by Henry Cole
    Returning after a brief hiatus from the Top Ten Most Challenged list, this ALA Notable Children’s Book, published in 2005, was challenged and labeled because it features a same-sex relationship.
  10. I Am Jazz written by Jessica Herthel and Jazz Jennings and illustrated by Shelagh McNicholas
    This autobiographical picture book co-written by the 13-year-old protagonist was challenged because it addresses gender identity.

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Banned Books Read-Out

Library Bill of Rights

“Libraries should challenge censorship in the fulfillment of their responsibility to provide information and enlightenment.”

Article 3, Library Bill of Rights

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