Each year, the last week of September is dedicated to drawing attention to all the books that have been banned or challenged for one reason or another. The week is meant to serve as a celebration of the freedom to read and to highlight the importance of the First Amendment.
In honor of Banned Books Week, pick up one of the many titles (some of which may surprise you) that have been banned over the years. This year a “Virtual Read Out” is taking place where excerpts of banned books are read aloud. Videos can be found on the Banned Books Week official website.
Here are some banned or challenged books we have here in the library – feel free to come in and check them out:
The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian by Sherman Alexie
The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald
The Catcher in the Rye by J.D. Salinger
The Grapes of Wrath by John Steinbeck
To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee
The Harry Potter series by J.K. Rowling
Forever by Judy Blume
The Giver by Lois Lowry
Bridge to Terabithia by Katherine Paterson
A Prayer for Owen Meany by John Irving
Did any of those titles surprise you? There are many more that you wouldn’t think people would have a problem with, but they managed to make the list. . .
For a list of books that were banned of challenged in 2010-2011 check out this link.