Tuesday, 28 September 2010

It's Banned Books Week

We're in the middle of Banned Books Week which launched on 25 September and is a celebration of the freedom to read. It originally started in America in 1982 as a reflection on the rise in challenges faced by libraries, bookstores and schools regarding the content of books. The Banned Books week site has lists under various headings:
  • Corrosive to young minds
  • Politically incendiary
  • Downright sexy
  • Just wrong
We also have our own page, Banned: controversial books for teenagers and children, which covers similar ground:
  • Young upstarts: books written for younger children
  • Teen trouble and contentious kids
  • Controversial classics
  • Further reading
You will probably be surprised at some of the titles included! Here's just a taster:

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