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I haven't had a lot of time to blog since I started a graduate program about a month ago, but I wanted to be sure to post a reminder that we are currently in the middle of Banned Book Week 2014. So here it is; consider yourself reminded, folks! ;)
I'm currently taking a special topics class on Young Adult Literature, and censorship has particularly been a dominant theme throughout the weeks of discussion (Side note: there are also titles we've already covered on the current ban list). I did not realize how many wonderful books have been challenged over the centuries. Take a look at the info graph from weldonowen below. It lists 22 different titles, ranging in ban categories and years from the mid-1800s to the 2000s.
Check out this list of banned classics. The American Library Association has complimented this compilation with the years, places, and reasons for each title's bans.
And something for my fellow American readers, take a look at bandbooksweek.org's list of Banned Books That Shaped America.
If you love to read, believe in the power of books, and champion the freedom to read what you so choose, then pick up a title from the vast banned book listopia this week (goodreads is a great place to start in addition to the links I've shared above!).
"Celebrate your fREADom!"