What makes a banned book? Something that challenges our beliefs or religious ideals, maybe something with sexual content or offensive language. There are a variety of reasons why a book gets banned – some are somewhat understandable, others are downright ridiculous. Even books I’ve read to my daughter, that seem harmless, have been banned. Getting a book banned from a school or a library, is a way of censorship. In the case of schools – and certain books – I can see the need for censorship.
Banned Books Week officially begain in 1982, since then, the list of banned books has only grown. The American Library Association “promotes awareness of challenges to library materials and celebrates freedom of speech during Banned Books Week”. Let’s celebrate our freedom to choose what to read. It doesn’t have to be a banned book, but today we’re sharing our favorite banned books.
To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee
A Light in the Attic by Shel Silverstein
The Giver by Lois Lowry
Are You There God? It’s Me, Margaret by Judy Blume
This year, some of the most frequently challenged or banned books include some of our favorites (they might be your favorites, too). According to the American Library Association (ALA), these include The Hunger Games, and the Captain Underpants series. What are your favorite banned books?