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:Reasons: Nudity, sex education, sexually explicit, unsuited to age group. Additional reasons: “alleges it child pornography"
 
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*[http://aries.jmrl.org/search/X?tintin+america+herge '''Tintin in America''']  by Hergé
 
*[http://aries.jmrl.org/search/X?tintin+america+herge '''Tintin in America''']  by Hergé
 
:Reasons: stereotypical and racist depictions of indigenous peoples
 
:Reasons: stereotypical and racist depictions of indigenous peoples

Revision as of 15:08, 16 September 2017

Article in Adult Fiction, Adult Nonfiction, Young Adult Fiction, Juvenile Fiction and Themes categories.


JMRL recognizes the freedom to read by celebrating Banned Books Week, a week to promote intellectual freedoms and to inform people about the problems of censorship in libraries each September. When people try to ban and challenge books from being read, it prevents other people from access to that literature, and prevents them from having freedom to information.

Banned Books Week at JMRL: Events

  • Banned Books Week 2017: September 24-30, 2017
Check out displays at your local library highlighting books that have been banned and challenged.


  • Banned Books Starry Night Storytime
Monday, September 25 at 6:30pm
Celebrate the freedom to read at the Central Library with this special storytime. Come in your jammies and cozy up as we celebrate classic picture books that have been banned or challenged.


  • Banned Books Week Reading at Tin Whistle Irish Pub at 609 E. Market St. Charlottesville, Virginia
Tuesday, September 29 from 5 to 6:30pm
Come read aloud from your favorite banned book to celebrate the Freedom to Read! Check out the lists of banned books below to pick a book that you would like to read a selection from. Then join JMRL at the Tin Whistle Irish Pub to read it aloud.


  • Banned Books Week Reading at Pro Re Nata at 6135 Rockfish Gap Turnpike, Crozet, Virginia
Wednesday, October 4 from 6:30-8pm
Come read aloud from your favorite banned book to celebrate the Freedom to Read! Check out the lists of banned books below to pick a book that you would like to read a selection from. Then join JMRL at Pro Re Nata to read it aloud.

The Top 10 Most Banned Books from 2015-2016:

Below is a list of the 10 most banned and challenged books from 2015-2016 (the most recent list). For more information about banned books by year, please visit ALA's list of Frequently Challenged Books

Reasons: anti-family, cultural insensitivity, drugs/alcohol/smoking, gambling, offensive language, sex education, sexually explicit, unsuited for age group, violence. Additional reasons: “depictions of bullying”
Reasons: gambling, offensive language, political viewpoint. Additional reasons: “politically, racially, and socially offensive,” “graphic depictions”
Reasons: Anti-family, homosexuality, political viewpoint, religious viewpoint, unsuited for age group. :Additional reasons: “promotes the homosexual agenda”
Reasons: Sexually explicit, unsuited for age group. Additional reasons: “contains controversial issues”
Reasons: Nudity, sex education, sexually explicit, unsuited to age group. Additional reasons: “alleges it child pornography"
Reasons: deemed to contain ”indecent” illustrations
Reasons: too graphic—namely, that its illustrations of some children living in poverty and violence are inappropriate for kindergartners
Reasons: stereotypical and racist depictions of indigenous peoples
Reasons: “too graphic” for a high school library
  • I Am Jazz by Jessica Herthel and Jazz Jennings
Reasons: features transgender child

Banned and Challenged Classics

Below is a list of the 25 most banned and challenged classics. For more, please visit http://www.ala.org/bbooks/frequentlychallengedbooks/classics

Additional Resources

Includes materials selection policy and the ALA Freedom to Read Statement
Many free eBooks, including many banned classics, can be found in full-text version here.