The best way to celebrate Banned Book Week? By reading banned books and discussing the right to reading freedom with your family and friends! Chances are that you've read and loved a banned book in your past and don't even know it!
Did you know that each year the American Library Association pays homage to the freedom to read by taking a look at book bans and challenges of the past and present? Often we think about book bans as a thing of the past, but each year as summer reading comes around, a new tide of banned books surge forward.
Banned Books Week is a chance to discuss the value of free expression and how important it is for each and every person to express him or herself in order to paint a full and more realistic picture of the world we live in for readers. Many of our most beloved books have in fact been banned or challenged at one time because these boundary pushers offered new perspectives, challenging the status quo. Even picture books, like the ever popular Where the Wild Things Are by Maurice Sendak, have been banned!
Check out the infographics below for the numbers on recent bans and challenges. The following post will offer a look at the titles that we celebrate in our Learning Commons collection that have been banned in certain areas!