Banned Book Week happens every September. This past year was September 22-28, 2019. Banned Book Week celebrates books that have been banned throughout the world for various reasons. Libraries are bastions of knowledge and education.
Banned Books Week takes place every year to celebrate the freedom of reading. It is normally held the last week in September to highlight the history of censorship around the world. It brings together librarians, publishers, journalists, teachers, and readers of all types in a shared belief in the freedom to seek and to express ideas, even those that some would like to censor. It was once said “the solution to bad ideas isn’t censorship, it’s good ideas.” People often censor when they fear what books represent or the ideas they highlight.
The books highlighted during this week have all faced censorship or banning in schools or libraries around the world. Some have even been banned by governments. Focusing on censorship in our own communities highlights the suppression of freedom of speech.
Banned Books Week was started in the 1980s, where many people began to protest and demand action, and there was also the Supreme Court case of Island Trees School District v. Pico (1982), which ruled that school officials could not ban books in libraries simply because of their language or content.
To check out some banned books here are just a few, some may shock you:
1. Harry Potter (series), by J.K. Rowling
2. Of Mice and Men, by John Steinbeck
3. I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings, by Maya Angelou
4. Scary Stories (series), by Alvin Schwartz
5. ttyl; ttfn; l8r g8r (series), by Lauren Myracle
6. The Perks of Being a Wallflower, by Stephen Chbosky
7. Captain Underpants (series), by Dav Pilkey
8. The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn, by Mark Twain
9. The Bluest Eye, by Toni Morrison
10. The Color Purple, by Alice Walker
11. Catcher in the Rye, by J.D. Salinger
12. To Kill A Mockingbird, by Harper Lee
13. The Giver, by Lois Lowry