Banned Books Challenge Readers On a Variety of Issues

Banned Books Week is September 25 through October 1, and this year the spotlight is on diversity. One of the reasons is because the American Library Association’s Office for Intellectual Freedom estimates that over half of all banned books are by authors of color or contain events and issues concerning diverse communities.

To be sure, the list of the top banned books is 2015 deals with issues many people may feel uncomfortable reading or talking about, including sexual orientation, suicide, disability, child slavery and more. But reading and understanding characters facing those issues can help us understand what happens to the people around us and address injustice.

Check out the 2015 list, which includes reasons readers want them banned from libraries.

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