Celebrate the freedom to read

 Looking for AlaskaBanned Books Week is the USA’s national book community’s annual celebration of the freedom to read.

Hundreds of libraries and bookstores around the country draw attention to the problem of censorship by mounting displays of challenged books and hosting a variety of events. The 2014 celebration will be held September 21-27.

Banned Books Week was launched in 1982 in response to a sudden surge in the number of challenges to books in schools, bookstores and libraries. More than 11,300 books have been challenged since 1982 according to the American Library Association. There were 307 challenges reported to the Office of Intellectual Freedom in 2013, and many more go unreported.

The most frequently challenged books in the past year due to offensive language, violence, sexually explicit, unsuitable for certain age groups and drugs or alcohol The perks of being a wallflowerare ( read more):

1.Captain Underpants (series) by Dav Pilkey

2.The Bluest Eye by Toni Morrison

3.The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian by Sherman Alexie

4.Fifty Shades of Grey by E.L. James

 5.The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins

6.A Bad Boy Can Be Good for A Girl by Tanya Lee Stone

7.Looking for Alaska by John Green

8.The Perks of Being a Wallflower by Stephen Chbosky

9.Bless Me Ultima, by Rudolfo Anaya

10.Bone (series) by Jeff Smith

This year, the banned books committee will highlight graphic novels since Captain Underpants and Smith’s Bone series are in the top ten.