What are banned books? What does that mean? What is banned books week?
Banned Books Week is the national book community’s annual celebration of the freedom to read. Hundreds of libraries and bookstores around the country draw attention to the problem of censorship by mounting displays of challenged books and hosting a variety of events.
Banned Books Week was launched in 1982 in response to a sudden surge in the number of challenges to books in schools, bookstores and libraries. More than 11,300 books have been challenged since 1982 according to the American Library Association. There were 307 challenges reported to the Office of Intellectual Freedom in 2013, and many more go unreported.
For many years now I have been a HUGE advocate for banned books. Here is a list of banned book reviews and other banned book topics of interest.
The below listed books are reviews and the reasons why they were banned/challenged
Brave New World by Aldous Huxley
Ella Minnow Pea by Mark Dunn (not a banned book but about censorship)
Gone With The Wind by Margaret Mitchell
In Cold Blood by Truman Capote
Lady Chatterly’s Lover by D H Lawrence
Of Mice and Men by John Steinbeck
The Lord Of The Flies by William Golding