September 26, 2023
We created our ‘I Read Banned Books’ enamel pin badge as an amusing slightly tongue-in-cheek take on what can actually be a very serious, controversial and consequential topic - that of banned literature and censored texts around the world.
Throughout history, certain books have been banned or censored for political reasons, for religious, societal, or even prejudicial reasons and sometimes even due to their controversial or sensitive content. In America and the UK, many books have been banned or censored for various reasons - some of which are still opaque and contentious.
Each October, ‘Banned Books Week’ in the US celebrates critically acclaimed and widely loved books that are challenged or banned outright in schools and states across the country. Around the world, various texts have been challenged and created controversy - yet are still widely loved by their readers. Below are five such examples of banned books:
We hope you may choose to show your support for the cause of championing such banned books by wearing our ‘I Read Banned Books’ pin badge - that works great as a present or gift for a loved one. It is also a superb gift to give to friends, partners, family members - or any book lover or bookish fan for any occasion. Which banned book do you like to read?Note from the Banned Books Week official page: Banned Books Week is the annual celebration of the freedom to read. The event is sponsored by a coalition of organizations dedicated to free expression, including American Booksellers for Free Expression, American Library Association, American Society of Journalists and Authors, Amnesty International USA, Association of University Presses, Authors Guild, Comic Book Legal Defense Fund, Foundation for Individual Rights and Expression (FIRE), Freedom to Read Foundation, GLAAD, Index on Censorship, National Book Foundation, National Coalition Against Censorship, National Council of Teachers of English, PEN America, People For the American Way Foundation, PFLAG, and Project Censored. It is endorsed by the Center for the Book in the Library of Congress.
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