Banned Books Week, promoted by the American Library Association (ALA), is a time to celebrate the freedom to read!
This is especially important for teens because teen books are more frequently challenged or banned. Why? According to president of the ALA Barbara Stripling
“Young adult [books] is a big trend right now, and a high number of complaints are directed at those books…There is a lot of pressure to keep teenagers safe and protected, especially in urban areas, and we are seeing many more complaints about alcohol, smoking, suicide and sexually explicit material…
Teenagers tell us that they like to read about what’s going on…They say ‘what do they [adults] think we are?’, as if teenagers remain naive and uneducated when facing these issues every day. The best way to protect them is to give them an array of things to read. If they are over-sheltered, they will enter the world without coping skills.”
So read, read away and feel free to ask your local librarian questions about banned books!
If you’re looking for reading suggestions–