It's Banned Books Week!

Published on Nov 18, 2015

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Banned Books Week

Celebrating More Than Thirty Years of the Freedom to Read

The First Amendment to the U.S. Constitution:
Freedom of Speech and Freedom of Press

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The Freedom to read

is firmly rooted in the First Amendment.


Some people think you need it...
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In reality...

they want to limit your freedom to choose. 
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Individuals may restrict

they they or their children read...
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But, sometimes governmental or public agencies are also asked to restrict what others can read.


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Top 3 reasons?

Profanity, Racism, and Sexual Situations
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Popular or suprising challenged titles...

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Looking for Alaska

by John Green

Why? Often for inappropriate language.

It won the 2006 award for Excellence in Young Adult Lit.
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The Adventure of Super Diaper Baby

by Dav Pilkey


It contained the phrase "Poo Poo Head."
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Totally Joe by James Howe


The title character wrote of challenges being a gay teenager. 
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by Marjane Satrapi

Why? For Graphic Illustrations & Language

Funny thing? The book is about the freedom of speech.
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A Light in the Attic

by Shel Silverstein
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It promotes violence and disrespect.
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To Kill a Mockingbird

by Harper Lee


For offensive language and racism.


by Stephenie Meyer
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For religious viewpoints and violence.
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And many, many more...

This bibliography represents books challenged, restricted,
removed, or banned in 2013 and 2014 as reported in the
Newsletter on Intellectual Freedom from May 2013 to March 2014.

What can you do?

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1. Stay informed.

Be aware of what's happening.
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2. Challenge censorship.

Talk about it. Write about it.
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3. Support your schools and libraries.

For more info, visit
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Take action!

Protect your right to read.
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