Banning Books

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Is it always for the best? Book censorship is when a book is removed from the shelf of a library or the curriculum of a school. Books cannot just be banned outright; they must first be challenged. “A challenge is an attempt to remove or restrict materials, based upon the objections of a person or group. A banning is the removal of those materials.” (American Library Association). When the book is banned, it has been effectively removed from a school or library and is no longer available for use. Even though those who challenge and ban the book have the best intentions, they are not only hindering the learning process, but are also keeping children and young adults from creating their own opinions. There are many reasons why a book has either been banned or challenged. The top three reasons seem to be that the book is either sexually explicit, had offensive language, or unsuited to any age group. Others are deemed oppressive, racially insensitive, violent, or just plain obscene and controversial. Despite the good parents and school officials believe they are doing for their children, they are essentially keeping them from the knowledge they need and deserve to become an intelligent part of society. Let the…show more content…
Banned Books Week is a time where students and other readers are encouraged to engage themselves in these pictures of literature. During the last week of September, books that have been removed or challenged are celebrated for “the fact that, in a majority of cases, the books have remained available.” (American Library Association). These books, many which are meant for children, have touched many lives, and possibly even changed some for the better. The freedom to read is something that we are all entitled to, and because of those who also believe in it, these books will continue to touch the lives of those who aren’t here

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