Well, it’s that time of the year again! Banned Books Week!
Banned Books Week was launched in 1982 in response to a sudden surge in the number of challenges to books in schools, bookstores and libraries. It is an annual event celebrating the freedom to read. Typically held during the last week of September, it highlights the value of free and open access to information. Banned Books Week brings together the entire book community — librarians, booksellers, publishers, journalists, teachers, and readers of all types — in shared support of the freedom to seek and to express ideas, even those some consider unorthodox or unpopular.
I pondered about what I wanted to contribute to Banned Books Week. I decided I wanted to do a timeline of Young Adult books that have been banned and challenged. Even to this day, books continue to be banned for ridiculous reasons (which you will see below). It boggles my mind because I’m sure kids have seen and heard a lot worst from movies and music.
These are the young adult novels that have been banned or challenged in the United States. I’ve listed them under the earliest year I could find when they were first banned. I’m well aware that the books might’ve been banned earlier and that there are plenty of YA books I’ve left out, but in the meantime, voila!