As part of #BannedBooksWeek, I’ve put together some discussion questions to help us have a dialogue around the banning and challenging of books.
- Challenged books are books where someone has formally questioned its appropriateness for a particular reason. Banned books are books which have been removed from a library shelf or school curriculum. Do you think it’s important to differentiate between these two? Why or why not?
- Do you think the label we give these books, banned v. challenged, makes a difference in how important the book is? Does it make a difference in how you view the book?
- Are there valid reasons to ban and challenge books?
- What harm, if any is caused by having a book banned?
- Why do you think the ALA hosts Banned Books Week? Does it matter?
- Why is it important to talk about banned/challenged books?
- What are your favorite banned and challenged books? Why are they banned/challenged? Do you agree with these concerns? What group(s) have banned/challenged this book?
- Here is a word cloud of the most comment reasons books were banned in 2016. Do these reasons seem valid to you?
- What are the common elements of banned/challenged books today? Which are the most important to you? Why?
- One of the most common reasons for banning/challenging a book is due to “age-appropriateness”. What does this mean to you? Is it a valid reason?
Check out my 2016 #BannedBooksWeek posts here: