Monday, September 28, 2015

Banned Books Week Kickoff

It's Banned Books Week, an annual celebration of the freedom to read. Each year, I participate by reading and reviewing books that have been frequently challenged or banned around the country. Books have been challenged for everything from religious and political viewpoints to homosexuality and offensive language. Generally it's parents and members of the community trying to ban books from the eyes of children of various ages, rather than just telling their own kids not to read them.

The American Library Association shares the list of the top 10 most challenged books each year. Here's the 2014 list:
1. The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian, by Sherman Alexie
2. Persepolis, by Marjane Satrapi
3. And Tango Makes Three, Justin Richardson and Peter Parnell
4. The Bluest Eye, by Toni Morrison
5. It’s Perfectly Normal, by Robie Harris
6. Saga, by Brian Vaughan and Fiona Staples
7. The Kite Runner, by Khaled Hosseini
8. The Perks of Being a Wallflower, by Stephen Chbosky
9. A Stolen Life, Jaycee Dugard
10. Drama, by Raina Telgemeier
I've already reviewed a couple of these (see the links above) and plan to review Persepolis tomorrow. I have also reviewed a few other books that have appeared on the top 10 list over the years:

Junie B. Jones by Barbara Park
Fahrenheit 451 by Ray Bradbury
The Adventures of Captain Underpants by Dav Pilkey

I will be reviewing Speak by Laurie Halse Anderson later in the week as well.

Are you reading anything special for Banned Books Week this year? Comment below and share your favorite challenged books!

**Artwork courtesy of the American Library Association.**


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