Each year libraries, booksellers, publishers, teachers and readers across the country celebrate our freedom to read whatever we want with Banned Books Week. Now in its 29th year, Banned Books Week is a chance for us to reflect on how important it is to have access to a wide range of perspectives and opinions in the books we read, even if that includes things we personally don't like or agree with.
Take a look at the American Library Association's list of banned and/or challenged classics to see some of the history of book challenges in the US and elsewhere, and then check out one of the most commonly challenged books of 2010 and see what you think:
- And Tango Makes Three, by Peter Parnell and Justin Richardson;
- The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian, by Sherman Alexie;
- Brave New World, by Aldous Huxley;
- Crank, by Ellen Hopkins;
- The Hunger Games, by Suzanne Collins;
- Lush, by Natasha Friend;
- What My Mother Doesn't Know, by Sonya Sones;
- Nickel and Dimed, by Barbara Ehrenreich;
- Revolutionary Voices, edited by Amy Sonnie;
- Twilight, by Stephenie Meyer
For even more banned books, visit the library! Several of our branches have "Banned Book" displays to help you find something someone (but not us!) doesn't want you to read!