October 5, 2012 at 4:38 am (Uncategorized)


It’s Banned Book Week sponsored by the American Library Association and I’ve been seeing a lot of posts with ALA lists of most frequently banned or challenged books (in the U.S.) and so on. I’ve found that I have surprisingly mixed feelings about Banned Books Week.

First off, let me say that I fully support the goals of the ALA in reminding us of the importance of our freedom to read and the need to continue to protect that freedom. I want to look at this from a different perspective though.

Number of books banned by the United States:…

Number of books banned by states within the U.S.:…

The book banning that that ALA is talking about is the removal of books from particular public libraries and school libraries. They publish prominently that there are thousands of challenges  where individuals or groups request removal of a book, but…

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  1. Banned and/or Challenged Books from the Radcliffe Publishing Course Top 100 Novels of the 20th Century | American Library Association « The Mind Weave said,

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