Banned Books Week

September 22 – September 28 is National Banned Books Week. Banned Books Week is an annual event that highlights the freedom to read by spotlighting books that have been banned or targeted in libraries and schools. To learn more about the history of Banned Books Week, visit the American Library Association, here.  Below is a list of books that have been banned or challenged in 2018, as taken from the ALA. George by Alex Gino Reasons: banned, challenged, and relocated because it was believed to encourage children to clear browser history and change their bodies using hormones, and for mentioning “dirty magazines,” describing male anatomy, “creating confusion,” and including a transgender character A Day in the Life of Marlon Bundo by Jill Twiss, illustrated by EG Keller Reasons: banned and challenged for including LGBTQIA+ content, and for political and religious viewpoints Captain Underpants series written and illustrated by Dav Pilkey Reasons: series was challenged because it was perceived as encouraging disruptive behavior, while Captain Underpants and the Sensational Saga of Sir Stinks-A-Lot was challenged for including a same-sex couple The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas Reasons: banned and challenged because it was deemed “anti-cop,” and for profanity, drug use, and sexual references Drama written and illustrated by Raina Telgemeier Reasons: banned and challenged for including LGBTQIA+ characters and themes Thirteen Reasons Why by Jay Asher Reasons: banned, challenged, and restricted for addressing teen suicide This One Summer by Mariko Tamaki, illustrated by Jillian Tamaki Reasons: banned and challenged for profanity, sexual references, and certain illustrations Skippyjon Jones series written and illustrated by Judy Schachner Reason: challenged for depicting stereotypes of Mexican culture The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian by Sherman Alexie Reasons: banned and challenged for sexual references, profanity, violence, gambling, and underage drinking, and for its religious viewpoint This Day in June by Gayle E. Pitman, illustrated by Kristyna Litten Reason: challenged and burned for including LGBTQIA+ content Two Boys Kissing by David Levithan Reason: challenged and burned for including LGBTQIA+ content To see more books that have been banned or challenged in the past, visit our display located in the library.   -Jessica Bielen, Adult Services Librarian