Banned Books Week

Banned Books Week

Keira McTyre

Banned Books Week was started in 1982 by a woman named Judith Krug. The Association of American Publishers contacted her and gave her ideas about bringing attention to banned books after an incredibly large amount of books had been banned that year. 

Banned Books Week celebrates the freedom to read everything. We celebrate Banned Books Week every year from September 22 to the 28. Examples of books that have been banned are Two Boys Kissing, The Chocolate War, What My Mother Doesn’t Know, The Lorax, Fahrenheit 451, The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn, To Kill a Mockingbird and the Harry Potter series. Books get banned if they are too negative, depressing, or persuade people to think or act to legalize something or negatively. The first amendment prevents the government from banning books in the U.S.

Sara Putman, a local bookstore owner of Bookish in downtown Fort Smith, was interviewed about her opinion on Banned Books Week. 

“Banned Books Week is one of my favorite holidays of the year. Not because I like to ban books, but because I like to celebrate books and I don’t necessarily believe in censorship.” Sara said. “I think that art is art, it’s not the job of the school district or the government to tell us what we can read. Obviously, if your parents tell you to not read something, don’t read it, but I think that larger entities shouldn’t tell its civilians what they’re allowed to read. So we like to celebrate all books.”