Throughout Banned Books Week, we will feature Banned Books Week Heroes—outstanding individuals who defended their freedom to read. Today’s featured Heroes are the students and teachers of Glen Ellyn, IL, who fought to keep Stephen Chbosky’s The Perks of Being a Wallflower in their school district. Read about why they chose to defend this novel and what they think of book censorship in general.
On the third day of Banned Books Week, we would like to feature a video from Khaled Hosseini reading a passage from his frequently challenged novel, The Kite Runner. The Kite Runner, was the 6th most frequently challenged novel in 2012 for homosexuality, offensive language, religious viewpoint, and being sexually explicit; and the ninth most frequently challenged book of 2008 for offensive language, sexually explicit, and unsuited to age group.
It takes courage to protect intellectual freedom and the freedom to read. To that end, the sponsors of Banned Books Week have identified outstanding individuals and groups who have stood up to defend their freedom to read by honoring them with the title Heroes of Banned Books Week.
Today we feature Tony Diaz. In 2012, Tony Diaz headed the Librotraficante Caravan to Smuggle Banned Books back into Arizona.
Today is the official start date of Banned Books Week 2013!
Readers from across the United States and around the world will demonstrate their support for free speech by participating in a Virtual Read-Out of banned and challenged books during Banned Books Week, Sept. 22 – 28, a time when the nation celebrates the freedom to read and the American Library Association (ALA) brings attention to the censorship of books in schools and libraries.
The ALA Office for Intellectual Freedom released the top ten most frequently challenged books list of 2012 as part of the State of America's Library Report on Monday, April 15. Dav Pilkey's Captain Underpants series ranked #1, having been challenged for "offensive language" and "unsuited to age group." Captain Underpants also appeared on the Top Ten lists in 2002, 2004, and 2005.
Chicago Public Schools may think their letter regarding the attempted ban of Marjane Satrapi’s Persepolis provides an adequate defense for their actions, but today’s letter from the Kids Right to Read Project unquestionably eviscerates CPS’s argument. CBLDF is a sponsor of KRRP and a signatory in this latest volley protesting the removal of the book.
Chip Kidd -- designer extraordinaire, writer, comics devotee, and CBLDF supporter -- has added his voice to the cacophony decrying the attempt to ban Marjane Satrapi's Persepolis in Chicago schools. Recently, Kidd compiled a series of #FreePersepolis memes, calling on people to share them on social media:
Applications are now open for FTRF's 2013 Judith F. Krug Memorial Fund Banned Books Week event grants. Grants in the amounts of $2,500 and $1,000 will be given to organizations in support of "Read-Outs” or other activities that celebrate Banned Books Week (Sept. 22 – 30, 2013).
Applications will be accepted through April 30, 2013, and the announcements will be made in June.
The attempt to ban Marjane Satrapi’s Persepolis from Chicago schools awoke immediate protest among students, teachers, parents, and free speech advocates such as CBLDF. The circumstances behind the ban are still unclear, but a recent opinion article in The Atlantic gives a teacher’s perspective to the situation and takes Chicago Public Schools to task for a bureaucracy that interferes with learning.