This week, libraries all over the country are practicing our freedom to read with Banned Books Week! Yes, that’s right, book banning is a thing that still happens. Just last week, new hit YA novel Eleanor & Park by Rainbow Rowell faced a challenge for being “obscene”.
Check out the American Library Association’s Banned Books Week website here, and don’t forget to take a look at the list of Frequently Challenged Books here to see if any of your favorites are on it. Last year’s top 10 most challenged books list included YA hits The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian by Sherman Alexie (Offensive language, racism, sexually explicit, unsuited for age group), Thirteen Reasons Why by Jay Asher (Drugs/alcohol/smoking, sexually explicit, suicide, unsuited for age group), and Looking for Alaska by John Green (Offensive language, sexually explicit, unsuited for age group)
*Artwork courtesy of the American Library Association