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Cover up: 10 essential banned and challenged graphic novels

It’s a sad fact that books are still regularly challenged and banned by various groups, both public and private, in the United States. But it’s heartening that organizations like the American Library Association and the Comic Book Legal Defense Fund are committed to fighting that censorship—especially this year, when the ALA is focusing its annual Banned Books Week—September 21 to 27—on comics and graphic novels.

Granted, that attention cuts both ways. While comics are now being taken seriously as literature, they’re also being challenged and banned along with literature. Below is a list of 10 essential graphic novels that have been deemed, at some point, unworthy of First Amendment protection. Taken together, they’re a measure of just how far we have to go when it comes to freedom of speech—and how far comics have come, in terms of popularity as well as their ability to embody everything from satire to education to poignancy. READ FULL STORY

On The Books: 2013's Ten Most Challenged Books


Every year the American Library Association publishes a list of the most challenged books in the country to keep the public informed of encroaching censorship. The ALA defines a challenge as “a formal, written complaint, filed with a library or school requesting that materials be removed because of content or appropriateness.” The number of challenges reflects only incidents reported. The group estimates that for every reported challenge, four or five remain unreported. This year’s list is topped by the The Adventures of Captain Underpants series, which also held that slot in 2012. The humorous and cartoony book about two 4th grade boys and their imaginary-turned-real superhero Captain Underpants was cited for: offensive language, unsuited for age group, and violence. Fifty Shades of Grey also made the list, as did The Hunger Games. Check out the complete list. READ FULL STORY

'Captain Underpants' leads list of 'most challenged' books


It’s been 16 years (!) since Dav Pilkey’s inaugural novel about a certain tighty-whitey-clad crusader first hit shelves — but some parents are still wishing that the superhero would go up, up, and away.

Pilkey’s Captain Underpants series tops the American Library Association’s list of the past year’s “most frequently challenged books,” an annual account collected by the Office for Intellectual Freedom.

Though the ALA is currently celebrating Banned Books Week, the items on this list haven’t necessarily been barred from libraries; instead, they’ve been the targets of “formal, written complaint[s], filed with a library or school requesting that materials be removed because of content or appropriateness.” The ALA notes that the number of challenges reflect only reported incidents — though it estimates that “for every reported challenge, four or five remain unreported.”


An ode to some of the most frequently banned books -- VIDEO

As a ramp-up to Banned Books Week (BBW), the American Library Association and other supporters of the event have promoted this video, which celebrates the right to read freely. The clip was produced by Bookmans, an independent bookstore based in Arizona, and in addition to tastefully highlighting frequently banned books, it serves as a call for libraries and other bookstores to participate in BBW’s Virtual Read-Out.

Check out the video below and tell us your favorite controversial classic: READ FULL STORY

'Fifty Shades of Grey' getting yanked from some library shelves

E L James’ kinky bondage-themed Fifty Shades trilogy is still finding a massive audience — the three books currently occupy the top spots on The New York Times best-seller list — but if you live in Wisconsin, Georgia, or Florida, you might have a harder time finding the titles in public libraries. Counties in those states, including Brevard County in Florida and Gwinnett County in Georgia, have pulled the “mommy porn” books from its libraries, deeming them “too steamy or too poorly written,” according to the AP. Other states and areas are expected to follow suit. READ FULL STORY

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