Banned Book Week–Win a $25 Amazon Gift Card

banned book week displaySeptember 24-30, 2017 is Banned Book Week.

This annual event celebrates the right to read! Banned book week is important because it celebrates freedom from censorship and restriction on literary materials.

In honor of this week, the Law Library has placed a Banned Book Exhibit displaying just a few previously challenged books, along with a short summary of cases in which they were challenged.

This exhibit is located in the Collaborative Commons on the first floor of the library.

But wait there’s more! Love shopping on Amazon? You could win a $25 Amazon gift card by playing the Banned Books game located in the exhibit. The rules are simple. Name as many of the books on the box located in the exhibit without using the internet. The person who answers the most correctly by Friday September 29th at 2 p.m. will win a $25 Amazon gift card!  If there’s more than one person who get the same number correct, we’ll do a random draw of those people to select the winner.  So come have some fun and maybe you’ll be the big winner!

So take a study break and stop by the collaborative commons to browse the books and submit your entry!

In honor of this week, the American Library Association (ALA)-Office for Intellectual Freedom publishes a list of challenged books for the year.

You can find the Top Ten Challenged Books of 2016 here

Here is a list of 15 popular books that have previously been challenged:

  1. To Kill a Mockingbird-Harper Lee
  2. Of Mice and Men-John Steinbeck
  3. Harry Potter-J.K. Rowling
  4. I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings-Maya Angelou
  5. Fifty Shades of Grey-E.L. James
  6. The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time-Mark Haddon
  7. The Holy Bible
  8. Two Boys Kissing-David Levithan
  9. The Kite Runner-Khaled Hosseini
  10. Captain Underpants-Dav Pilkey
  11. The Perks of Being a Wallflower-Stephen Chbosky
  12. The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian-Sherman Alexie
  13. The Hunger Games trilogy-Suzanne Collins
  14. Brave New World-Aldous Huxley
  15. Gossip Girl-Cecily von Ziegesar



Author: Alyson Drake

Alyson Drake is the Assistant Director for Public Services and the Director of the Excellence in Legal Research Program at Texas Tech University Law School, where she also teaches courses in Texas Legal Research, and Foreign, Comparative, and International Legal Research and administers the Legal Practice Program's research workshops. She blogs at

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