September 24 – 30 is Banned Books Week, a time when librarians, educators, authors, publishers, and book lovers everywhere celebrate the right to and joy of reading freely. I’ve rounded up some content featuring facts and opinions on and happenings from the week that was and the subject of banned books in general. Check it:
–Top Ten Most Challenged Books of 2016 – A slick, infographic-style visual guide to the most challenged books of last year.
–Happy Banned Books Week! Did You Know These Ten Books Are “Banned”? – You’d be amazed at some of the books that get challenged and/or banned, including some massively popular children’s books.
–Banned Books Week: Why Are Illustrated Books Being Challenged More Than Ever? – Graphic novels are enjoying more attention from readers and censors alike.
–Banned Books Quiz – New York Public Library put together a short quiz on banned books that educates you as you play. Now that’s edutainment!
–Banned Book Displays on Pinterest – Libraries get awesomely creative with their Banned Books Week displays. This year at BPL, we made rap sheets (written by the always-excellent Kayla) for those naughty, criminal books. Behold:
–Melania Trump’s Fight Over Dr. Seuss Shows Why We Need Banned Books Week – A timely story that demonstrates how librarians, typically viewed as defenders of the freedom to read, can be guilty of censorship, too. Also, it features an amusing list of surprising reasons for challenges to Dr. Seuss books over the years. It’s so tragic the way they hopped on pop.
–The Importance of Banned Book Week – “The freedoms enshrined in the First Amendment – of religion, speech, the press, assembly, petition – ensure our freedom to read. Like all freedoms, we can lose it if we aren’t careful.”
–Ban Banned Books Week – Not everyone is a fan of celebrating Banned Books Week; check out this strongly contrarian take. Surely, this is the type of thing Taylor Swift was talking about when she said “haters gonna hate.”