Banned Book Week: Let’s Get Started!

Hey everyone, I hope you’re still having a good weekend!

And yes, you’re seeing this correctly… I am posting on a Sunday 😱 And after posting on a Saturday too!

In the grand scheme of things, not a big deal, but as it’s now the beginning of Banned Book Week, I’ll be posting everyday for the occasion!

Last year, when I did my Blog Everyday in October (BEDIO) series, one of the posts I made was a discussion about banned books. I gave a brief history, and my opinion on the whole concept of banning books, so if you want to check out BEDIO: Book Banning, well there’s the link so go click on it.

This week, I plan on posting about some banned books I’ve read (or re-read) recently, some challenged books you might be interested in reading this October, and other information surrounding the topic of challenged/banned books.

I also want to clarify the difference between challenged books and banned books, as I usually just refer to books as “banned/challenged”. According to Davenport University Libraries:

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. As such, they are a threat to freedom of speech and choice.

The ALA promotes the freedom to choose or the freedom to express one’s opinions, even if that opinion might be considered unorthodox or unpopular, and stresses the importance of ensuring the availability of those viewpoints to all who wish to read them.

Davenport University Libraries: https://davenport.libguides.com/bannedbooks

I also want to direct you more resources you can check out for Banned Book Week, in case you’re interested in doing further research.

Here’s the Overview of Banned Book Week from the American Library Association (ALA): http://www.ala.org/advocacy/bbooks/banned

This post for Banned Book Week discusses this year’s theme, “Censorship is a Dead End”:

Find Your Freedom to Read During Banned Books Week 2020!

I thought this was an interesting post, discussing books that have been banned within the United States prison system (Part of the Literature Locked Up campaign:

https://pen.org/literature-locked-up-banned-books-2019/

A digital project that covers the topic of banned/challenged books, and also shows a map of books that are banned/ have been contested in the United States:

https://www.arcgis.com/apps/Cascade/index.html?appid=d807211fd74b4c659ba5f82b228ef0ac

Here’s a list of the Top 10 Most Challenged Books of 2019 (Or you can check out the infographic below): https://www.aclib.us/research/blog/banned-books-week-2020-and-novelist

I also want to include some stats from banned/challenged books in 2019, so you can check those out below:

Since all I wanted to do was give a brief introduction to Banned Book Week, that’s about all I have for today. Thanks for reading, and I’ll be seeing you tomorrow with a new post about banned/challenged poetry books!


-Erin(:

If interested, you can donate to the ALA’s Office for Intellectual Freedom

You can also sign the petition for the Literature Locked Up campaign: Tell Congress: Stop the largest book ban in America

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