This year I’ll be doing a mix of things. There will be a few reviews, a few reflections on articles I’ve come across in the past year, and I’m hoping to participate in the “Dear Banned Author” program.
Will you join me?
All week long I’ll be posting about Banned Books.
Let’s begin with a look at the top ten Banned Books for 2017! This years list includes some old “favorites,” and some newcomers!
[Top Ten Challenged Books of 2017. The American Library Association tracked 354 challenges to library, school and university materials and services in 2017. Of the 416 books that were challenged or banned in 2017, here are the top 10 most challenged:
- Thirteen Reasons Why, by Jay Asher. Reason: Suicide.
- The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian, by Sherman Alexie. Reasons: profanity, sexually explicit.
- Drama, by Raina Telgemeier. Reason: LGBT content.
- The Kite Runner, by Khaled Hosseini. Reasons: sexual violence, religious themes, “may lead to terrorism”
- George, by Alex Gino. Reason: LGBT content.
- Sex is a Funny Word, by Cory Silverberg. Reason: sex education.
- To Kill a Mockingbird, by Harper Lee. Reasons: violence, racial slurs.
- The Hate U Give, by Angie Thomas. Reasons: drug use, profanity, “pervasively vulgar.”
- And Tango Makes Three, by Peter Parnell and Justin Richardson. Reason: LGBT Content.
- I Am Jazz, by Jessica Herthel and Jazz Jennings. Reason: gender identity.]
The theme of Banned Book Week this year is “Banning Books Silences Stories. Speak Out!” A particularly important point this year, looking at the stories that are being told in the books that were most frequently challenged this past year.
Of the books on this list I have read 6, and am on the wait list for one, and just got off the wait-list for one more. One I read AGES ago and kind of want to reread, one I couldn’t get at my library but completely intend to read, and one I have no plans to read. Are you familiar with some of these books?