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Banned Books Week: Keep the Light On!

Wednesday, August 21, 2019
Banned Books Week, Keep the Light On, Jacksonville Public Library

 

The American Library Association condemns censorship. During Banned Books Week (Sept. 22 – 28, 2019), libraries across the country celebrate the freedom to read. The theme of this year’s event, “Censorship Leaves Us in the Dark,” urges everyone to “Keep the Light On.” Banned Books Week is an important opportunity during the year for publishers, booksellers, librarians, educators, journalists, and readers to defend everyone’s right to choose what they want to read and view. Most challenges to books take place in public libraries, second only school libraries. The Office of Intellectual Freedom composes a list of the most challenged books, and the 2018 titles are listed below.

Top 11 Most Challenged Books in 2018

Image of the book George by Alex Gino at the Jacksonville Public Library

George by Alex Gino

Reasons: banned, challenged, and relocated because it was believed to encourage children to clear browser history and change their bodies using hormones, and for mentioning “dirty magazines,” describing male anatomy, “creating confusion,” and including a transgender character.

Image of the book A Day in the Life of Marlon Bundo by Jill Twiss at the Jacksonville Public Library

A Day in the Life of Marlon Bundo by Jill Twiss, illustrated by EG Keller

Reasons: banned and challenged for including LGBTQIA+ content, and for political and religious viewpoints.

Image of the book Captain Underpants by Dan Pilkey at the Jacksonville public Library

Captain Underpants series written and illustrated by Dav Pilkey

Reasons: series was challenged because it was perceived as encouraging disruptive behavior, while Captain Underpants and the Sensational Saga of Sir Stinks-A-Lot was challenged for including a same-sex couple.

Image of the book The Hate You Give by Angie Thomas at the Jacksonville Public Library

The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas

Reasons: banned and challenged because it was deemed “anti-cop,” and for profanity, drug use, and sexual references.

Image of the book Drama by Raina Telgemeier at the Jacksonville Public Libraryy

Drama written and illustrated by Raina Telgemeier

Reasons: banned and challenged for including LGBTQIA+ characters and themes.

Image of the book 13 Reasons Why by Jay Asher at the Jacksonville Public Library

Thirteen Reasons Why by Jay Asher

Reasons: banned, challenged, and restricted for addressing teen suicide.

Image of the book George by Alex Gino at the Jacksonville Public Library

This One Summer by Mariko Tamaki, illustrated by Jillian Tamaki

Reasons: banned and challenged for profanity, sexual references, and certain illustrations.

Image of the book Skippyjon Jones at the Jacksonville Public Library

Skippyjon Jones series written and illustrated by Judy Schachner

Reason: challenged for depicting stereotypes of Mexican culture.

Image of the book The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian by Sherman Alexie at the Jacksonville Public Library

The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian by Sherman Alexie

Reasons: banned and challenged for sexual references, profanity, violence, gambling, and underage drinking, and for its religious viewpoint.

Image of the book This Day in June by Gayle E. Pitman at the Jacksonville Public Library

This Day in June by Gayle E. Pitman, illustrated by Kristyna Litten

Reason: challenged and burned for including LGBTQIA+ content.

Image of the book Two Boys Kissing by David Levithan at the Jacksonville Public Library

Two Boys Kissing by David Levithan

Reason: challenged and burned for including LGBTQIA+ content.

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