It's Banned Books Week!
Sheila over at Book Journey is hosting a celebration of banned books, with lots of links to other blogs and giveaways, so stop by! And join in the fun yourself by reading banned books and/or posting about them.
I just finished Brave New World by Aldous Huxley and am now reading The Chocolate War by Robert Cormier, both commonly banned books. Look for reviews of those later this week, here and at Book By Book.
Check out this list of the 100 most frequently banned books (from 1990 - 1999), compiled by the American Library Association (ALA) and this list of most frequently banned and challenged classics. You will be surprised by some of the titles on these lists. How many of these naughty books have YOU read??
From these two lists, I have read the following kids/teen/YA books (see Book By Book's Banned Book post for the list of grown-up books read). I linked to my reviews where they are available:
- Forever by Judy Blume (a popular one when I was a teen!)
- The Bridge to Terabithia by Katherine Paterson (read aloud to our kids)
- The Giver by Lois Lowry (my son read it for middle school, so I read it as well)
- In the Night Kitchen by Maurice Sendak (listened to on audio with our kids)
- A Wrinkle in Time by Madeleine L'Engle (how dare they ban my favorite book?)
- Go Ask Alice by Anonymous
- Julie of the Wolves by Jean Craighead George (read for school in 7th grade)
- Deenie by Judy Blume (another great one by Blume)
- Harry Potter series by J.K. Rowling
- James and the Giant Peach by Roald Dahl (read aloud to my class by an elementary school teacher)
- Are You There, God? It's Me, Margaret by Judy Blume (what girl could possibly go through adolescence without this book??)
- Where's Waldo? by Martin Hanford (seriously??)
- Little Black Sambo by Helen Bannerman
I was pleased to see that many of the banned books I have read (on this list and the one at Book By Book) were assigned for school (mine or my kids'), so kudos to our schools for giving us a broad and unrestricted education!
Check out the lists to see how many banned books you have read...and select one you missed and head to your library!