It's "Banned Books Week," which is an annual celebration of libraries, publishers, booksellers, and individuals of our right to read whatever we want to read! Think of it as an extension of our right to free speech.
Few books are actually "banned," but quite a number are challenged each year in an attempt to ban them. Here's the American Library Association's list of the "Top Ten Frequently Challenged Books of 2014." How many have you read?
- The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian, by Sherman Alexie. [YA ALE, YA AB/CD ALE, also ebook]
- Persepolis, by Marjane Satrapi. [YA CX SAT]
- And Tango Makes Three, by Justin Richardson and Peter Parnell. [JP RIC]
- The Bluest Eye, by Toni Morrison. [F MOR, also ebook]
- It’s Perfectly Normal, by Robie Harris. [J 613.9 HAR]
- Saga, by Brian Vaughan and Fiona Staples.
- The Kite Runner, by Khaled Hosseini. [F HOS, AB/CD HOS, also ebook
- The Perks of Being a Wallflower, by Stephen Chbosky. [YA CHB]
- A Stolen Life: A Memoir, by Jaycee Dugard. [B DUG, also AB/CD B DUG]
- Drama, by Raina Telgemeier. [YA CX TEL]
To learn more about the ALA's lists of challenged books, click here.