Banned Book Week 2015

Destiny Harvel, Feature Reporter

Every year at the end of September and beginning of October is Banned Book Week. This year Banned Book Week is from September 27 to October 13.  Hundreds of books are challenged every year and this coming week is used to recognize the freedom to read.

Banned Book Week is based around censorship and why books should not be censored. Censorship is suppressing books, movies, and music based on their containment of controversial topics. The week concentrates on trying to remove the restrictions that are constantly being put on books.

Books are challenged and banned with the intention to protect readers, mainly children, from these controversial topics. Reasons why books are banned vary from having offensive language to being sexually explicit to being unsuited for an age group.

Junior, Colin Moran says, “I feel that censorship is appropriate because certain things do not need to be explicitly presented.”

The American Library Association is one of the biggest sponsors of Banned Book Week. They promote freedom to express opinions even if they are unpopular. They also promote the awareness of book challenges and make a list of challenged books from around the country.

Here are some popular books that have been challenged/banned:

  • The Perks of Being a Wallflower- Stephen Chbosky
  • Harry Potter- J.K. Rowling
  • The Hunger Games- Suzanne Collins
  • Adventures of Huckleberry Finn- Mark Twain
  • The Adventures of Tom Sawyer- Mark Twain
  • The Catcher in the Rye- J.D. Salinger
  • A Light in the Attic- Shel Silverstein
  • Lord of the Flies- William Golding
  • Of Mice and Men- John Steinbeck
  • To Kill a Mockingbird- Harper Lee

For more information about Banned Book Week click here.


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