Friday, April 24, 2015

Banned Books Week 2015 to Focus on YA Books

Shelf Awareness

Young Adult books will be the focus of this year's Banned Books Week, which runs from September 27 through October 3. In recent years, the majority of the most frequently challenged books in libraries have been YA titles, including six on the American Library Association's recently released Top Ten Most Challenged Books of 2014 list.

"Young adult books are challenged more frequently than any other type of book," said Judith Platt, chair of the Banned Books Week national committee. "These are the books that speak most immediately to young people, dealing with many of the difficult issues that arise in their own lives, or in the lives of their friends. These are the books that give young readers the ability to safely explore the sometimes scary real world. This Banned Books Week is a call to action, to remind everyone that young people need to be allowed the freedom to read widely, to read books that are relevant for them, and to be able to make their own reading choices."

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