From September 25th until October 1st is Banned Books Week. This is to encourage awareness of book censorship and how this is still a relevant issue today. Supported by major publishers such as Random house and Penguin Banned Book week was established in 1982. This was in a response to the amount of books being objected against and banned in libraries and schools.
Books such as The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn and To Kill a Mockingbird which are amongst some if the titles seen to “have had a profound effect on American Life” however they are still banned in many establishments. These works are seen to have shaped the culture of America and many modern works of literature. Therefore the value of fighting for their place in libraries and schools is clear.
The top ten banned books of 2015 were;
- Looking for Alaska, by John Green
Reasons: Offensive language, sexually explicit, and unsuited for age group.
- Fifty Shades of Grey, by E. L. James
Reasons: Sexually explicit, unsuited to age group, and other (“poorly written,” “concerns that a group of teenagers will want to try it”).
- I Am Jazz, by Jessica Herthel and Jazz Jennings
Reasons: Inaccurate, homosexuality, sex education, religious viewpoint, and unsuited for age group.
- Beyond Magenta: Transgender Teens Speak Out, by Susan Kuklin
Reasons: Anti-family, offensive language, homosexuality, sex education, political viewpoint, religious viewpoint, unsuited for age group, and other (“wants to remove from collection to ward off complaints”).
- The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time, by Mark Haddon
Reasons: Offensive language, religious viewpoint, unsuited for age group, and other (“profanity and atheism”).
- The Holy Bible
Reasons: Religious viewpoint.
- Fun Home, by Alison Bechdel
Reasons: Violence and other (“graphic images”).
- Habibi, by Craig Thompson
Reasons: Nudity, sexually explicit, and unsuited for age group.
- Nasreen’s Secret School: A True Story from Afghanistan, by Jeanette Winter
Reasons: Religious viewpoint, unsuited to age group, and violence.
- Two Boys Kissing, by David Levithan
Reasons: Homosexuality and other (“condones public displays of affection”)
Support can be shown for this cause through purchasing merchandise from the official website.