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.
Before I even knew about Banned Books Week, I realized that a lot of books I was drawn to were on the list. It is a shame to see that works of art are challenged but thankfully, we bring light to them.
There are three books I absolutely love and they just happen to be on the list.
The Color Purple, by Alice Walker
Reasons: Offensive language, sexually explicit, unsuited to age group.
The Perks of Being A Wallflower, by Stephen Chbosky
Reasons: Anti-family, drugs, homosexuality, offensive language, religious viewpoint, sexually explicit, suicide, unsuited to age group.
Eleanor & Park, by Rainbow Rowell
Reasons: Use of profanity and its treatment of sexuality.
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