Banned Books Week 2021
Did you know some of your favorite books have been banned or challenged? From children's favorites ( Dav Pilkey's Captain Underpants) to YA school assignments (The Hate U Give) to classics (The Call of the Wild and The Great Gatsby), librarians, school boards, and community officials have had to answer calls to take books off the shelf. In this era of social media, authors are sometimes hounded on line with threats and harrassment, often from people who haven't even read their books, but have followed viral videos or social media posts.
The first 10 books below were the most challenged books of the last year. The rest have been frequently challenged, often for years.
These challenges are not unfamiliar to Bainbridge Island authors. Former bookseller Mary Gleysteen recalls attending a school board meeting in Kitsap County where David Guterson's Snow Falling on Cedars was on the agenda. And, more recently, Jonathan Evision became the target for his book Lawn Boy, beginning with a post from a woman in Texas that want viral.
Take a look at the books below, and tell us what you think.