"Books aren't banned in this country anymore!" It's a myth we hear a lot, but the truth is people still advocate to have books removed from class reading lists and libraries across the United States. The American Library Association tracks hundreds of challenges each year, including 347 challenges in 2018.
Banned Books Week seeks to raise awareness on these attempts at censorship and celebrate our rights to free and open access to information. Stay tuned to see how we at Story on the Square will be celebrating!
Top 11 Challenged books of 2018 According to the American Library Association:
1. George by Alex Gino
2. A Day in the Life of Marlon Bundo by Jill Twiss
3. Captain Underpants series by Dav Pilkey
4. The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas
5. Drama by Raina Telgemeier
6. Thirteen Reasons Why by Jay Asher
7. This One Summer by Mariko Tamaki, illustrated by Jillian Tamaki
8. Skippyjon Jones series by Judy Schachner
9. The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian by Sherman Alexie
10. This Day in June by Gayle E. Pitman
11. Two Boys Kissing by David Levithan