Media Law Prof Blog

Editor: Christine A. Corcos
Louisiana State Univ.

Thursday, September 26, 2013

Banned Books Week, 2013

The American Library Association celebrates intellectual freedom and highlights the fight for the right to read during Banned Books Week every year. The ALA notes that the 10 most challenged books in U.S. public libraries during 2012 were:

1. Captain Underpants (series), by Dav Pilkey. Reasons: Offensive language, unsuited for age group.

2. The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian, by Sherman Alexie. Reasons: Offensive language, racism, sexually explicit, unsuited for age group.

3. Fifty Shades of Grey, by E. L. James. Reasons: Offensive language, sexually explicit.

4. And Tango Makes Three, by Peter Parnell and Justin Richardson. Reasons: Homosexuality, unsuited for age group.

5. The Kite Runner, by Khaled Housseini. Reasons: Homosexuality, offensive language, religious viewpoint, sexually explicit.

6. Looking for Alaska, by John Green. Reasons: Offensive language, sexually explicit, unsuited for age group.

7 & 9. The Glass Castle, by Jeanette Walls. Reason: Offensive language, sexually explicit.

8 & 10. Beloved, by Toni Morrison. Reason: Sexually explicit, religious viewpoint, violence.

The New York Public Library's blog comments on Banned Books Week here. Want a Banned Books mug? You could buy one, get started on your holiday shopping, and support PBS here.

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