Celebrate the freedom to read during Banned Books Week, September 22-28.
The ALA Office for Intellectual Freedom (OIF) collects reports on book challenges from librarians, teachers, concerned individuals, and press reports from across the United States. A challenge is defined as a formal, written complaint filed with a library or school requesting that a book or other material be restricted or removed because of its content or appropriateness.
According to the American Library Association (ALA), there were 464 challenges reported to the Office of Intellectual Freedom in 2012, and many more go unreported. Banned Books Week began 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.
The St. Charles Public Library DOES NOT BAN these books or any others.
The ALA’s Top 10 Most Challenged Titles of 2012 include the following titles; each title is followed by the reasons given for challenging the book:
Captain Underpants (series), by Dav Pilkey. Reasons: offensive language, unsuited for age group
The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian, by Sherman Alexie. Reasons: offensive language, racism, sexually explicit, unsuited for age group
Thirteen Reasons Why, by Jay Asher. Reasons: drugs/alcohol/smoking, sexually explicit, suicide, unsuited for age group
Fifty Shades of Grey, by E. L. James. Reasons: offensive language, sexually explicit
And Tango Makes Three, by Peter Parnell and Justin Richardson. Reasons: homosexuality, unsuited for age group
The Kite Runner, by Khaled Hosseini. Reasons: homosexuality, offensive language, religious viewpoint, sexually explicit
Looking for Alaska, by John Green. Reasons: offensive language, sexually explicit, unsuited for age group
Scary Stories (series), by Alvin Schwartz. Reasons: unsuited for age group, violence
The Glass Castle, by Jeannette Walls. Reasons: offensive language, sexually explicit
Beloved, by Toni Morrison. Reasons: sexually explicit, religious viewpoint, violence