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Banned Books Week: Here are the 11 most challenged books last year - CNN

We compile lists of challenged books in order to inform the public about censorship efforts that affect libraries and schools. The ALA condemns censorship and works to ensure free access to information. A challenge is an attempt to remove or restrict materials, based upon the objections of a person or group. A banning is the removal of those materials. Challenges do not simply involve a person expressing a point of view; rather, they are an attempt to remove material from the curriculum or library, thereby restricting the access of others.
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Top 10 Books Banned in Schools

Banned Books Week 2019: Censorship Leaves Us in the Dark

Intellectual freedom - the freedom to access information and express ideas, even if the information and ideas might be considered unorthodox or unpopular - provides the foundation for Banned Books Week. BBW stresses the importance of ensuring the availability of unorthodox or unpopular viewpoints for all who wish to read and access them. According to the American Library Association ALA , a challenge is an attempt to remove or restrict materials, based upon the objections of a person or group. A banning is the removal of those materials. Challenges do not simply involve a person expressing a point of view; rather, they are an attempt to remove material from the curriculum or library, thereby restricting the access of others.

Celebrate free expression during Banned Books Week September 22 — 28, The 15 member organizations of the Banned Books Week Coalition will support your celebration with programming ideas, promotional materials, an events calendar, and other resources available at bannedbooksweek. Banned Books Week has been shining a light on censorship since it was founded in , and the fight for free expression is as urgent as ever. In recent years, the attacks on the right to read have become bolder, as legislatures have introduced bills that would eliminate crucial safeguards for the right to read books that some people find offensive. In , ALA tracked nearly challenges to library, school, and university materials and services, as well as books that were challenged or banned. Whether it involves removing a book from a shelf or burning a book in a trash can, all of these are attempts to erase, silence, and destroy our communities. This is an opportunity for all of us to stand up for the freedom to read, as well as for the right to see ourselves reflected in books and for our communities to exist without oppression.

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The Netflix series 13 Reasons Why shocked viewers with its graphic portrayal of sensitive subjects like rape, bullying, and suicide. The book it was based on was equally controversial. Using information from the media as well as challenge reports, each year the OIF compiles a list of the previous year's top 10 most challenged books. Fifty Shades of Grey by E. Beyond Magenta: Transgender Teens Speak Out by Susan Kuklin Year s : Reason: Offensive language, homosexuality, sex education, political and religious viewpoints, anti-family, unsuited to age group. Habibi by Craig Thompson Year s : Reason: Nudity, sexually explicit content, unsuited to age group. Saga by Brian Vaughan and Fiona Staples Year s : Reason: Anti-family, nudity, offensive language, sexually explicit, unsuited to age group.

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