Below are the top ten most challenged books of 2017, according to #topten challenged books of 2017
Thirteen Reasons Why written by Jay Asher
The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian written by Sherman Alexie
Drama written and illustrated by Raina Telgemeier
The Kite Runner written by Khaled Hosseini
George written by Alex Gino
Sex is a Funny Word written by Cory Silverberg and illustrated by Fiona Smyth
To Kill a Mockingbird written by Harper Lee
The Hate U Give written by Angie Thomas
And Tango Makes Three written by Peter Parnell and Justin Richardson and illustrated by Henry Cole
I Am Jazz written by Jessica Herthel and Jazz Jennings and illustrated by Shelagh McNicholas
Things You Can Do To Fight Back
Ask questions. Talk about it with everyone who will listen. Bad things happen when good people do nothing. So I will start the conversation with all of you beautiful people. What I want to know is what others think about this. Do you agree or disagree with this list? If yes, why? And if no, why not? Intellectual freedom has many a blurred lines when it comes to creative expression and artistic freedoms.
Do you know if you support a library who bends to the censorship of higher-ups? If you don’t know for sure, than just call and ask. Find out what little things you can do to support freedom, like using only libraries who do not concede to censorship. You can write reviews on these books and promote them to others if you feel they are helpful and beneficial to others in any way.
You can participate in a read-a-thon for book banning week. You could submit videos to the Banned and Challenged Books website as listed above. There are things you can purchase like stickers for your laptop, posters or even book packages containing these banned books, all available on the Banned and Challenged Books website.
Why Am I Writing About This?
No, I am not being sponsored, receiving or making money off this post. I wrote about it, because I care about it. As an avid reader, and English Literature Studies major and minor in communications; an avid writer; this is important to me. I value the sacred right to education, and believe the right kind of education can lead to freedom. Likewise, the wrong kind of education can lead to bondage and despondency, slavery of all types. (Yes, intellectual slavery is a real thing.)
I recently finished Harper Lee’s To Kill A Mockingbird, 13 Reasons Why by Jay Asher, Laurie Halse Anderson’s Speak, traditional novel and graphic novel illustrated by Emily Carroll. So all of these books profoundly affected me, made me feel like I may not be as alone in this world as I thought. It shows how others struggle too, and the reason we lose lives is because we silence one another. The worst part is we don’t even realize we do it, just like in 13 Reasons Why, or in Speak with Melinda. Either way, I cannot imagine a world where someone takes away those books from me because they told me “it’s bad”. Can you?
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