Sept. 26 – Oct. 3 marks this year’s Banned Books Week.
It may not come as a big surprise that Catcher in the Rye, Brave New World, To Kill a Mocking Bird, and The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn were all challenged or banned in the past. Would it surprise you to know that they were each challenged or banned this year as well?
What else have you read this year that some might consider inappropriate? You can see this year’s list of banned and challenged books here, in the catalog of banned and challenged books of 2008-2009.
Who challenges books? Why? These graphs, from the American Library Association break down some of those statistics.
What do you do when you read something strikes you as objectionable? This article, The Secret Life of Book Banners, from the September 27 Chicago Tribune, discusses one woman’s experience from childhood to adult with banned material.
UPDATE: check out this interactive map of banned books in the US! Banned Books Map!