A lot of books have been kept off the shelf for various reasons. This challenge got me interested because like many curious souls out there, I want to find out why a certain books gets banned. Of course, parents or schools have the discretion to limit access to certain kinds of books that may not be appropriate for a child’s age or if the book’s contents are questionable and inappropriate. According to this article, the number of challenged books have gone up in 2013. Some questionable inclusions in banned books list are enumerated in this article.
If you want to know more about this challenge and join, please visit Buckling Bookshelves. There are links you can visit in that post that will show you lists of frequently challenged books.
My aim is to read three to five banned or challenged books in 2014. I have listed them in the image below:
The Kite Runner by Khaled Hosseini has been criticized for offensive language and sexual content. (Source)
The Giver by Lois Lowry has been frequently challenged because of violent and sexual scenes, infanticide, euthanasia, and sexual awakening. (Source)
The Bell Jar by Sylvia Plath was challenged because it contains sexual material, suicide and violence.
Speak by Laurie Halse Anderson has been challenged because of the sexual assault experienced by the main character in the book.
Girl, Interrupted by Susanna Kaysen was deemed “inappropriate” due to sexual content and strong language.
The challenge starts on the first day of January 2014 and will end in December 31, 2014.