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Banned Books Week is the annual event celebrating our freedom to read and raising awareness of the dangers of censorship. This year why don't you celebrate by reading one the year's most challenged books? Check out the information on this page to learn more!
Over the years many books have been challenged for many reasons. Here is a selection of some popular banned books and the reasons that they have been banned. Find more banned classics on ALA's 30 Years of Liberating Literature timeline. Some of them may surprise you.
The Perks of Being a Wallflower
Publication Date: 1999
This high school coming of age story has been the target of multiple challenges and bans in schools for its descriptions of teenage drug use, sexuality, and homosexuality.
Publication Date: 1884
This classic American novel has been challenged and banned since its 1884 publication. Early censors regarded the book as trashy and obscene. More recent challengers argue that the book is racially insensitive.
And Tango Makes Three
Publication Date: 2005
This book is based on the true story of two male zoo penguins that raised a baby penguin together. It has been frequently challenged in the US for portraying animal homosexuality. More recently, state run libraries in Singapore made the decision to remove and destroy the book.
The Call of the Wild
Publication Date: 1903
This story of a dog's journey from domestication to wildness has been challenged on the basis of age appropriateness and violence. In addition, this book was burned in Nazi Germany because it was considered "too radical".
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