#BannedBooksWeek – On the List Again, some data.

Welcome to Banned Books Week, 2019. I’ve made it something of a tradition to participate, and this year is no different! I invite you to join me this year, share your blog posts and check out what others have to say. The link will be open the entire week!

Image of a lit-up lightbulb holding a book, followed by the words: Censorship Leaves Us In The Dark. Keep The LIght On! Banned Books Week, September 22-28, 2019. bannedbooksweek.org

It isn’t unusual to have books appear on the Top 10 list for more than one year in a row (some books pop back up on the list again and again over the years). This year there were a number of repeats from last year: Thirteen Reasons Why, The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian, Drama, George, and The Hate U Give. Some took a year off the top ten list, but were on it two years ago – such as Two Boys Kissing and This One Summer.

Looking at the data the ALA has compiled of the Top 10 banned and challenged books of the year (which goes back to 2001) is interesting, there are a good number of repeated books.

Very few of the books on the list were there for the first time. A Day in the Life of Marlon Bundo – which was published in March of 2018 made the list for the first time. It is also the first time on the list for This Day In June (published in 2014) and Skippyjon Jones (published in 2001).

Some books have made list every year, or nearly every year, that they have been in existence. George was published late in 2015, and has been on the top 10 list in 2016, 2017 and 2018. The Hate U Give was published early in 2017, and made the list in 2017 and 2018.

The Captain Underpants series started in 1997, and has made the list 5 times (2002, 2004, 2012, 2013, 2018).

Drama, published late in 2012, made the list in 2014, 2016, 2017 and 2018.

Thirteen Reasons Why came out late in 2001 and made the list in 2012, 2017, and 2018.

Two Boys Kissing, came out in 2013 and was on the list 2015, 2016, and 2018.

This One Summer came out mid 2014 and was on the list in 2016 and 2018.

The long-running one of the list this year is The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian, which was published in 2001 and has been on the list for most of the past decade (2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2017, and 2018).

Throughout the week I’ll be sharing some information about some of these books, some guest posts, and exploring some of the instances of bans and challenges that came up throughout 2018. I’ve written about a number of these books in the past, and will revisit a few of them again this year. Please visit my ongoing list of Banned and Challenged Books to check out the previous reflections of some of the books that have been banned in the past. Links to all of my previous posts relating to Banned and Challenged Books and Banned Books week can be found on my Books and Reading Page (scroll down until you see the Read Banned Books logo)!


3 thoughts on “#BannedBooksWeek – On the List Again, some data.

  1. It’s shocking to me that there is still such a thing as a banned books list…I shared one of the first to be banned and prosecuted – “Naked Lunch”, an advant-garde journey into drugs in the 50th…released 60 years ago, it is now considered a masterwork….here’s a look if interested in knowing more! – https://johnrieber.com/2019/09/23/naked-lunch-banned-books-week-has-cult-movie-monday-this-banned-book-turned-into-unfilmable-film/


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