Celebrate the Freedom to Read!

This week, September 24-October 1, is Banned Books Week—an annual celebration of intellectual freedom. It also serves to educate about the dangers of censorship. The American Library Association, and librarians in general, are pretty vehement about the freedom to read, asserting that it is up to the patron (or, in the case of young kids, the parent) to determine what they want to read. Librarians—superheroes of the First Amendment!

 

Here are some great, often challenged books that I personally recommend:

The Catcher in the Rye by J.D Salinger

The Chocolate War by Robert Cormier

To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee

The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian by Sherman Alexie

Catch-22 by Joseph Heller

ttyl by Lauren Myracle

The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn by Mark Twain

The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins

Slaughterhouse-Five by Kurt Vonnegut

Speak by Laurie Halse Anderson

 

More info about Banned Books Week: http://ala.org/ala/issuesadvocacy/banned/bannedbooksweek/index.cfm

Question: What do you think about book censorship?

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About Marissa Antosh

Librarian-to-be, artist, red enthusiast. View all posts by Marissa Antosh

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