Monday, September 26, 2011

Book Challenges

This is "Banned Books Week" in the United States, September 24 through October 1.  It really should be called "Challenged Books Week," because not that many books are actually banned.  Many books are challenged in schools and libraries in the United States each year. A challenge is an attempt to remove or restrict materials, while a banning reflects the actual removal of those materials. The American Library Association (ALA) tracks challenges that occur, recording 348 challenges in 2010 (the fewest since 1990).  However, many challenges are not reported, and the ALA estimates that this reflects only 20-25% of actual challenges.

You might want to check out this interesting infographic about the top ten challenged books of 2010:

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