Friday, September 23, 2011

Banned Books Week - September 24 - October 1

From the American Library Association:
Banned Books Week (BBW) is an annual event celebrating the freedom to read and the importance of the First Amendment.  Held during the last week of September, Banned Books Week highlights the benefits of free and open access to information while drawing attention to the harms of censorship by spotlighting actual or attempted bannings of books across the United States.
 Intellectual freedom—the freedom to access information and express ideas, even if the information and ideas might be considered unorthodox or unpopular—provides the foundation for Banned Books Week.  BBW stresses the importance of ensuring the availability of unorthodox or unpopular viewpoints for all who wish to read and access them.
Celebrate this intellectual freedom by reading a banned book this week! Here's a list of ALA's 100 most frequently challenged books from the last decade.

Some of my favorites include:

A Wrinkle in Time - Madeline L'Engle
A Prayer for Owen Meany - John Irving
Song of Solomon - Toni Morrison
Speak - Laurie Halse Anderson
Bridge to Terabithia - Katherine Paterson
The Perks of Being a Wallflower - Stephen Chbosky

And here is a list of ALA's most frequently challenged classic literature books.

Some of my favorite banned classics include:

The Catcher in the Rye - J.D. Salinger
The Grapes of Wrath - John Steinbeck
To Kill a Mockingbird - Harper Lee
Lolita - Vladimir Nabokov
The Awakening - Kate Chopin