You May NOT Read . . .

September 25, 2016 Book Talk, OHH! 13

Artwork courtesy of the American Library Association.

Artwork courtesy of the American Library Association.


The Fault in our Stars, The Kite Runner, The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks or even For Every Child a Better World by Jim Henson {yes, THAT Jim Henson}.

Did you know that this year alone 45 books have been challenged and banned across the country from early childhood all the way through college-age children. This week we celebrate all books but especially those books which have been banned.

The rights and protections of the First Amendment extend to children and teens as well as adults. While parents have the right—and the responsibility—to guide their own children’s reading, that right does not extend to other people’s children. Similarly, each adult has the right to choose his or her own reading materials, along with the responsibility to acknowledge and respect the right of others to do the same.  When we speak up to protect the right to read, we not only defend our individual right to free expression, we demonstrate tolerance and respect for opposing points of view. -American Library Association

To give you a small taste of the literature you are being denied access, here’s a few quotes from challenged and banned books during this past year:

Challenged/Banned Meridian, Idaho; Wilmington, North Carolina and Highland Park, Texas

the absolutely true diary of a part-time indian

Challenged/Banned in Wesley Chapel, Florida

paper towns

Challenged/Banned in Cleveland, Texas


Challenged but retained in Waukesha, Wisconsin

looking for alaska

 [Tweet “Protect the freedom to read.”]

Challenged/Banned in Waukesha, Wisconsin

chinese handcuffs

Banned Wilson County, Tennessee

the curious incident of the dog in the night-time

Challenged/Banned in 2 Districts in California

the fault in our stars

Banned/Challenged in Lewes, Delaware

brave new world

Banned/Challenged in Pensacola, Florida

little brother
Artwork courtesy of the American Library Association.

Artwork courtesy of the American Library Association.


What are your thoughts on banned books? Have you ever had someone deny you access to a book you wanted to read?


13 Responses to “You May NOT Read . . .”

  1. Kate @ Opinionated Book Lover

    OMG. I love in Waukesha County, WI. I am not happy to see the main city in my county on this list. Banning books is insane. People should be able to read whatever they want. Some parents should not be able to dictate what is available in school library for our children to read. I’m happy that our town library is celebrating Banned Books Week, and not preventing anyone from reading the books that interest them.
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    • Stacy

      That is so ironic you live in Waukesha County! Of all the people to read this post, right?!? From what I gathered in the little bit of research I did, Waukesha County is not a fan of John Green books or much violence in books available to children. I believe it was only in the actual school libraries if I remember correctly that the books were challenged/banned. Love that your public library is participating in Banned Books Week. Thanks so much for taking the time to comment 🙂
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    • Stacy

      Every year I’m surprised by some of the reasons people give for challenging/banning books. Some reasons seem a bit more reasonable than others. Either way, it’s a sad state of affairs when our words and thoughts are banned. Thanks for weighing in Kathy. I’m dying of curiosity about which book your library banned 😉 though I know, I know….curiosity killed the cat as my mom always tells me!
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  2. Kate @ Parchment Girl

    I totally forgot that banned books week was coming up! I’ve never personally encountered an effort to ban books at my local library (at least that I know of…) but it makes me quite sad that this is still a debate in 21st century America.

    • Stacy

      It’s sad all the things that still cause a debate in the 21st century America.

      I was surprised at some of the locations where books are being challenged like Delaware and California. For some reason I thought those states were more progressive. I expected the southern states, unfortunately.
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