Banned book week takes place September 25th through October 2nd this year. This week celebrates the freedom to read. It never ceases to amaze me the books that are challenged or view unsuitable for the general public to read. I often forget that hundreds of books a year are being pulled out of libraries in our “modern world”. Books such as the Twilight saga, the Harry Potter series, or Catcher in the Rye. No book is safe, as unfortunate as that is, and often the most well written books have been banned at least once. Typically a book is petitioned for removal because of “inappropriate” language, sexuality, violence, or religious implications. The ABFFE, of American Booksellers Foundation For Free Expression, mission is to fight censorship, specifically in regards to books. They have a great website that gives you information about the organization as well as what banned book cases they are involved with.
Here are a few commonly banned or challenged books:
The Catcher in The Rye by J.D. Salinger
Slaughterhouse Five by Kurt Vonnegut
The Grapes of Wrath by John Steinbeck
To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee
The Color Purple by Alice Walker
Beloved by Toni Morrison
Of Mice and Men by John Steinbeck
Brave New World by Aldous Huxley
and the list goes on and on…
Another website to check out for more information on banned books is the American Library Associates website.