This podcast provides analysis on books and bookish news. Today, Lisa talks about Banned Books Week, which is Sept. 18, to Sept. 24 Publisher’s Weekly describes how more books than in recent years are being banned and contested now. Banned Books Week was first launched 40 years ago. In 2021, it was the highest number of books challenged since the American Library Association began tracking books challenged. 

 This CNN article discusses how Brooklyn Public Library has handed out 5,100 digital library cards to young people across the country to access books they might not be able to read at their own libraries.

In last week’s episode, Lisa highlighted the top 10 most banned books of 2021. Here, she discussed the books banned in 2012. 

 1.     Captain Underpants by Dav Pilkey 

2.     The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-time Indian by Sherman Alexie

3.     Thirteen Reasons Why by Jay Asher

4.     Fifty Shades of Grey by E. L. James

5.     And Tango Makes Three by Peter Parnell, Justin Richardson and Henry Cole

6.     The Kite Runner by Khaled Hosseini

7.     Looking for Alaska by John Green

8.     Scary Stories by Alvin Schwartz and Stephen Gammell

9.     The Glass Castle by Jeannette Walls 

10.   Beloved by Toni Morrison

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