Banned 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 are ( read more):
3.The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian by Sherman Alexie
9.Bless Me Ultima, by Rudolfo Anaya
This year, the banned books committee will highlight graphic novels since Captain Underpants and Smith’s Bone series are in the top ten.