Banned Books Week is the last week in September and is set aside to remind people of the importance of the freedom to choose books. It highlights books that have been removed from schools, libraries, or attempted to be removed.
Most books are challenged because they are seen as offensive or inappropriate for a specific age group. It is always appropriate for a parent or guardian to decide what is best for their family, but Banned Book Week is a chance for librarians, teachers, booksellers, and members of the community to celebrate their conviction that a diversity of views and ideas is necessary for a vital, functioning democracy.
The freedom to seek and read materials in a vital and necessary part of ensuring our first amendment rights. As long as there are people and groups that try to dictate what everyone else will read there will be people that work to ensure that everyone gets to choose what’s best for themselves.
So if you think you should be able to choose your own books, check out one of the ten most commonly challenged books of the year.
1. TTYL; TTFN; L8R, G8R (series), by Lauren Myracle YP FIC MYRACLE
2. And Tango Makes Three by Peter Parnell and Justin Richardson E RICHARDS
3. The Perks of Being A Wallflower, by Stephen Chbosky YP FIC CHBOSKY
4. To Kill A Mockingbird, by Harper Lee FIC LEE
5. Twilight (series) by Stephenie Meyer YP FIC MEYER
6. Catcher in the Rye, by J.D. Salinger FIC SALINGER
7. My Sister’s Keeper, by Jodi Picoult FIC PICOULT
8. The Earth, My Butt, and Other Big, Round Things, by Carolyn Mackler YP FIC MACKLER
9. The Color Purple, Alice Walker FIC WALKER
10. The Chocolate War, by Robert Cormier YP FIC CORMIER