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Banned Books Week 2016

Happy Banned Books Week, lovely librarians! This is the week (Sept 25 – Oct. 1) to re-read and recommend all your favorite banned and challenged books.

This year’s theme is diversity and the lovely folks at BBW have put together a list of frequently challenged books with diverse content, as well as resources for librarians and free downloadable art to help spread the word about Banned Books Week.

The ALA also has lots of great resources on Banned Books Week, including lists of frequently challenged books, banned/challenged classics, top 10 frequently challenged books, the 100 most frequently challenged books by decade, the most frequently challenged authors of the 21st century, and MORE free downloadable materials.

Share your love of banned books all week long!

Take a selfie with your favorite banned book and tweet it out to @BannedBooksWeek with the hashtag #ireadbannedbooks. If you’re feeling inspired to read aloud, we highly recommend that you submit a banned book reading video to the Virtual Read-Out page on YouTube.

Check out for more live and online events, including this free webinar on Thursday, Sept. 29 about how librarians can help support authors whose books have been banned or challenged.

Thank you for continuing the fight for our FREADOM!

Banned Books Week 2015

BannedBooksWeek2015-250x324Happy Banned Books Week! This year’s theme is Young Adult fiction, and what better time to have Courtney Summers’s SOME GIRLS ARE challenged?!

A South Carolina high school pulled the book off its freshman summer reading list after a parent complained about the content; the response from librarians and readers across the country against this action was immediate and powerful.

BookRiot editor and former librarian Kelly Jensen spearheaded an online donation drive for close to 1,000 copies of SOME GIRLS ARE to be sent to the Charleston County Public Library to be given for free to any teen who wishes to read the book. The National Coalition Against Censorship and other national groups voiced their opposition and media coverage followed at ABC News 4 and WSCS Live 5 News (Charleston, SC), The Post and Courier, School Library Journal, BookRiot, and Hello Giggles.
Then there’s Courtney Summers’s response:

SOME GIRLS ARE is a confrontational no-holds-barred look at young adolescent life. It’s about bullying–something most teenagers witness, experience or perpetuate in their school careers. It’s about a highly toxic culture that fosters aggression between girls. The novel explores the consequences of hurting people and asks us to consider the impact our actions have on others. It’s about picking up the pieces of our mistakes and bettering ourselves. It’s about forgiveness.


“It was selected as an ALA/YALSA Best Fiction for Young Adults title and a Top Ten Quick Pick for Reluctant Readers. It was also an Ontario Library Association Forest of Reading White Pine nominee, Canada’s largest recreational reading program. As part of the program, the book was available to teen readers in over 3,000 schools nationwide.

“I have made a career out of writing young adult fiction about difficult topics. It’s my deepest hope teenagers living the harsh realities I write about–because they do live them–will read my books and feel less alone. It’s incredibly powerful to see yourself in a book when you’re struggling. Not only that, but gritty, realistic YA novels offer a safe space for teen readers to process what is happening in the world around them, even if they never directly experience what they’re reading about. This, in turn, creates a space for teens and the adults in their lives to discuss these topics. Fiction also helps us to consider lives outside of our own, which in turn makes us more empathetic toward others.

“We don’t protect teen readers by denying the realities many of them are faced with. Often, in doing so, we deny them a lifeline.”

Well said, Courtney. Here are some other frequently challenged and banned YA titles and adult books with teen appeal we recommend revisiting throughout the week:


Banned Books Week 2014!

Welcome to Banned Books Week, librarian friends!

This is the week to re-read and recommend all your favorite banned and challenged books. And if you’re feeling inspired to read aloud, we highly recommend that you submit a banned book reading video to the Virtual Read-Out page on YouTube.


Make sure to join the conversation on Twitter today (Monday) 9/22 from 10am – Noon and Wednesday 9/24 from Noon – 2pm using the hashtag #bannedbooksweek. Take a selfie with your favorite banned book and tweet it out to @BannedBooksWeek with the hashtag #ireadbannedbooks. All the cool kids are doing it!

Let’s keep fighting for our FREADOM!

#FridayReads: Banned Book Week Edition!

Happy Friday friends! We hope you've had a great week celebrating Banned Books.
For today's #FridayReads Talia and Anne have chosen their favorite banned books:

Talia is glad she's not in the crazy house after re-reading 

RUNNING WITH SCISSORS by Augusten Burroughs
Burrough's story of growing up under the most extraordinary circumstances is "hilarious, freaky-deaky, berserk, controlled, transcendent, touching, affectionate, vengeful, all-embracing.... It makes a good run at blowing every other [memoir] out of the water." (The Washington Post)

Anne is re-living high school English after re-reading 

THE SCARLET LETTER by Nathaniel Hawthorne
Long before desire was all Shades of Grey it was Scarlet Red. Nathaniel Hawthorne's greatest work tells the story of Hester Prynne's adulterous affair and the struggle to create a new life with dignity and repentance in Puritanical times. 

Cat & banned books

Who would want to censor this adorable fellow?! Not us. Enjoy your weekend!

Banned Books Week 2013: Adventure!

Mark Twain funny picNormally on Thursdays we're all about Thrillers, but since it's Banned Books Week, we're talking about Adventure--specifically those of Tom Sawyer and Huckleberry Finn. 

Mark Twain is well known for his wit and satire--two traits on full display in his classic novels THE ADVENTURES OF TOM SAWYER and its sequel, THE ADVENTURES OF HUCKLEBERRY FINN. The titular characters get involved in all kinds of hijinks: murder is witnessed, deaths are faked, treasure is stolen... and that's only the first book!

, commonly named one of the "Great American novels" is often called into question over racial stereotypes and frequent use of one particular racial slur. 

Keep sharing your favorite banned books with us @MacmillanLib using the hashtag #BannedBooksWeek2013.  

Banned Books Week 2013: Foreign Cultures

Today we check out Banned Books in Foreign Cultures:
STEPPENWOLF by Hermann Hesse
Hesse's best-known and most autobiographical novel, STEPPENWOLF blends Eastern mysticism and Western culture, portraying one man's struggle to deal with a divided society and a divided self. During World War I, Hesse was labeled a traitor as a result of his antiwar sentiments, anti-propaganda behavior, and pacifist attitude, resulting in his work being banned in Germany from 1939 to 1945. 

THE OLD GRINGO by Carlos Fuentes
Carlos Fuentes is one of the most influential and celebrated voices in Latin American Literature, and THE OLD GRINGO is one of his greatest works. In it, Fuentes imagines the fate of the American writer/soldier/journalist Ambrose Bierce and of his last mysterious days in Mexico living among Pancho Villa’s soldiers. 

CANCER WARD by Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn
Solzhenitsyn's semi-autobiographical novel examines political theories, mortality, and hope through the lens of a small group of cancer patients in the post-Stalinist Soviet Union. The patients' malignant tumors represent their moral responsibility in the suffering of their fellow citizens during Stalin's Great Purge, when millions were killed, sent to labor camps, or exiled.

What other international Banned Books do you enjoy? Let us know @MacmillanLib using the hashtag #BannedBooksWeek2013. See you at today's Twitter chat from Noon - 2 pm! 

Banned Books Week 2013: Classics With Controversy

Banned Books Week continues! Today we bring you classics with controversy:

GULLIVER'S TRAVELS by Jonathan Swift
When Lemuel Gulliver sets off from London on a sea voyage, little does he know the many incredible and unbelievable misadventures awaiting him... 

OLIVER TWIST by Charles Dickens
Who can forget Oliver Twist, the overworked and underfed penniless orphan boy lured into a gang of pint-sized pickpockets?

Many people remember the animated movie, but Lewis Carroll's masterful fantasy ALICE'S ADVENTURES IN WONDERLAND is even more whimsical in print. Like Alice, we'll gladly follow the white rabbit in a coat and gloves down a hole to an imaginary wonderland.

Thomas Paine's argument for the people in the original Thirteen Colonies to declare their independence from Great Britain started a revolution. LITERALLY!

Share your favorite Banned Books with us @MacmillanLib using the hashtag #BannedBooksWeek2013. And don't forget tomorrow's Twitter chat from Noon - 2 pm! 

Banned Books Week 2013!

Banned Books Week
(Sept. 22-28) is upon us once again librarian friends!

This is the week to read and re-read all your favorite banned and challenged books.

If you're feeling inspired to read aloud, we highly recommend that you submit a banned book reading video on the Virtual Read-Out page on YouTube. And don't forget to join the conversation on Twitter today (Monday) 9/23 from 10 am - Noon and Wednesday 9/25 from Noon - 2 pm using the hashtag #BannedBooksWeek2013.

Let's keep fighting for our FREADOM!


Banned Books as Graphic Novels

Today we're taking a look at a new way to read two exceptional books that have been challenged and banned:

ANNE FRANK: THE DIARY OF A YOUNG GIRL has been banned from schools in Virginia, Alabama, and Texas for being too upsetting, sexually offensive, and downright pornographic.* FAHRENHEIT 451 has been removed from required reading lists at schools in Mississippi and challenged in Texas for offensive language, violence, and Bible burning.**

These chilling stories show us the darkest sides of humanity from the past and a possible future. The urge to protect ourselves from the horrible things they depict is strong, but their messages of pain and hope must be heard and understood.

Both of these classics are now available as authorized graphic novels from Hill and Wang.

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Banned Books Week 2011!

Welcome to Banned Books Week, librarian friends!

This is the week to re-read and recommend all your favorite banned and challenged books. And if you're feeling inspired to read aloud, we highly recommend that you submit a banned book reading video the the Virtual Read-Out page on YouTube. 

If you finish all of your favorite banned books before Friday, we recommend two excellent author biographies that uphold the spirit of the week: AND SO IT GOES, the first authoritative biography of Kurt Vonnegut Jr., and JUST ONE CATCH, an illuminating biography of Joseph Heller.