South Kingstown Public Library Teens

Friday Spotlight: Banned Books Week

Banned Books Week is a national celebration that focuses on the freedom to read. The main idea of celebrating is to remind everyone that no matter what their age is, they have the right to read the books and materials they choose to read.

Banned Books Week was launched in 1982 by the American Library Association when they noticed a large number of books being taken out of schools and libraries. Every year, hundreds of libraries around the country celebrate Banned Books Week by putting up displays of books that have been challenged or banned from a school, bookstore, or library.

These are just some young adult books that have been challenged since 2005…are some of your favorites on there?

The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian by Sherman Alexie
Twisted by Laurie Halse Anderson
The Great Tree of Avalon by T.A. Barron
Fahrenheit 451 by Ray Bradbury
The Supernaturalist by Eoin Colfer
My Brother Sam is Dead by James Lincoln Collier
The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins
The Chocolate War by Robert Cormier
Deadline by Chris Crutcher
Just Listen by Sarah Dessen
Romiette & Julio by Sharon Draper
The Diary of a Young Girl by Anne Frank
Lush by Natasha Friend
Shattering Glass by Gail Giles
Fat Kid Rules the World by K.L Going
Looking for Alaska by John Green
The Geography Club by Brent Hartinger
Crank by Ellen Hopkins
Jake, Reinvented by Gordon Korman
To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee
The Giver by Lois Lowry
Vegan, Virgin, Valentine by Carolyn Mackler
Twilight by Stephenie Meyer
Fallen Angels by Walter Dean Myers
Whispers from the Dead by Jean Lowry Nixon
The Golden Compass by Philip Pullman
Angus, Thongs and Full Frontal Snogging: Confessions of Georgia Nicolson by Louise Rennison
Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone by J.K. Rowling
The Catcher in the Rye by J.D. Salinger
Unwind by Neal Shusterman
What My Mother Doesn’t Know by Sonya Sones
Give a Boy a Gun by Todd Strasser
The Amulet of Samarkand by Jonathan Stroud

For more information on Banned Books Week, please visit

Leave a comment »