Banned Books Week: Celebrating the Freedom to Read, Sept. 27 – Oct. 3

Every year at the end of September Banned Books Week draws national attention to the harms of censorship. A significant part of the celebration is emphasizing our freedom to read, the value of free and open access to information, and the freedom to seek and express ideas, even those considered unpopular or different. This happens because librarians, teachers, students, and community members stand up and speak out for these freedoms.
Banned Books Week celebrates the fact that, in a majority of cases, books have remained available even though many of them have been targeted with removal or restricted in libraries and schools.
Young Adult Books is the focus of Banned Books Week in 2015. Why do you think the following books were suggested for removal?

The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian, by Alexie Sherman
The House of Night series, by P. C. Cast and Kristin Cast

The Fault in Our Stars, by John Green
The Kite Runner, by Khaled Hosseini
Brave New World, by Aldous Huxley

Twilight series, by Stephanie Meyer

(The above books challenged, restricted, removed, or banned in 2014 and 2015 as reported in the Newsletter on Intellectual Freedom from May 2014 to March 2015 and in American Libraries Direct (AL Direct), by Robert P. Doyle.)


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