Banned Books Week: September 25th - October 2nd
Saturday, September 25th is the beginning of Banned Books Week, a week dedicated to celebrating the freedom to read by highlighting some of the books that faced censorship over the years.
The American Library Association compiles lists of challenged books each year including a list of classic titles, many of which may surprise you. These titles come from reports on book challenges, which are "formal written requests to remove a book from a library or classroom because of an objection to the book’s content."
- 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 Color Purple by Alice Walker
Here are five of the Top 10 Most Frequently Challenged Books of 2009:
- TTYL; TTFN; L8R, G8R (series), by Lauren Myracle
- And Tango Makes Three by Peter Parnell and Justin Richardson
- The Perks of Being A Wallflower by Stephen Chbosky
- To Kill A Mockingbird by Harper Lee
- Twilight (series) by Stephenie Meyer
So if you are in the market for a new read, try out a banned or challenged book and celebrate with us!