Every September Banned Book Week is celebrated to create awareness about books that are challenged, censored and banned from the shelves of libraries, schools and book stores. Focusing on the First Amendment and the right to intellectual freedom, Banned Book Week promotes the freedom to read.
Founded in 1982 by librarian Judith Krug, and endorsed by the Library of Congress, the campaign is sponsored by the American Library Association, American Booksellers Association, American Society of Journalists and Authors and the Association of American Publishers.
This year there will be a Virtual Read-Out, where individuals or groups are invited to submit videos of themselves reading banned books and discussing the significance of those books. Go to:
Below is a list of the most challenged books of 2012. Celebrate reading because every one of those books is owned by the Monrovia Public Library.
1. Captain Underpants (series), by Dav Pilkey
2. The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian, by Sherman Alexie
3. Thirteen Reasons Why, by Jay Asher
4. Fifty Shades of Grey, by E. L. James
5. And Tango Makes Three, by Peter Parnell and Justin Richardson
6. The Kite Runner, by Khaled Hosseini
7. Looking for Alaska, by John Green
8. Scary Stories (series), by Alvin Schwartz
9. The Glass Castle, by Jeanette Walls
10. Beloved, by Toni Morrison