“What does ‘I Read Banned Books’ mean?” This question is asked so often when they see this sticker on the counter. The idea of banned books is lost on me and makes me little confused. I think if you want to read a certain book, read it and if you do not agree with a certain book, do not read it. It should be as simple as that but to some people that is not the case. Today is the first day of Banned Books week. Banned Books week is the book community’s response to the increase of banned books and censorship that it brought on.
Banned Books week started in 1982 and was the response to the growing list of banned books that schools, communities, and other organizations were putting in place to prohibit the reading of certain titles in schools and libraries. Banning books is a form of censorship which is harmful. Most cases of “banning” books, luckily, do not make it past the challenges that are placed on certain titles. The American Librarian Association (ALA) has created the Office of Intellectual Freedom (OIF) which helps to compile list of challenged books and provide resources for libraries and individuals learn of their freedoms. For more information please visit: http://www.ala.org/advocacy/bbooks/banned
The ALA has complied list over the years of the most challenged books of that year and why they were challenged. Luckily they have also provided very useful infographics of this information so that this information can be shared with everyone. We have included the 2019 list of most challenged books in this post. we have also put together a collection of past books that have been banned in store for you guys! We will be sharing more this week about banned books and can't wait to see your thoughts!