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Over the years, I’ve published a handful of posts related to Banned Books Week and censorship. I’m back at it again this year to bring attention to this important cause. Banning books silences stories. As a former high school teacher, I witnessed many instances of blatant censorship. For instance, is it acceptable to black out curse words in a book to still be able to use it in the classroom? What is age-appropriate literature and who decides?  Banned Books Week is also a celebration of the fact that in most cases challenged books tend to remain available thanks to the efforts of those who stand up for the freedom to read.

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Banned Books Week 2018: Banning Books Silences Stories

If you’re not aware, Banned Books Week happens from September 23rd through September 29th. This week-long affair, promoted by the American Library Association and Amnesty International, is intended to raise awareness and celebrate our freedom to read. In honor of Banned Books Week, I’ve decided to take a look at some of the top banned books in America and reasons for their controversial ban. Did you know that Judy Blume has had the most books challenged?

Invaluable created an interesting infographic that highlights the top banned books in each genre, plus fun facts and reasons as to why they’re banned. Check it out below and find out why some of the most beloved books in our country have been banned, often times more than once!

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Picture of Banning Books Silences Stories Infographic

At times, it seems we live in a world where more and more people want to silence anything and everything that offends them. The cliche about not being able to please all of the people all of the time definitely holds true. As a nation, we are becoming more and more divided and listening to each other less and less. Literature has the power to bring people together, but banning books silences stories that need to be heard.


Banning books silences stories in many ways. What controversial books have you read? Have you ever lived in a community where a book was challenged? 


If you enjoyed reading this post, you may also like reading What is Age-Appropriate Literature and Should We Ever Ban Books?

Please share responsibly. Jeri Walker, 2018.

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