Read a Banned Book

This week the Online Library is celebrating Banned Books Week! Celebrate your freedom to read without censorship by reading a book that has been banned or challenged.

What does celebrating banned books mean? When we talk about celebrating Banned Books Week, we are celebrating freedom from censorship. Each year hundreds of books are threatened to be taken off of library shelves because of controversial content. Celebrating banned books week means celebrating American libraries that do not censor the materials they offer. You have the freedom to read whatever you wish!

twilight-booksWhat books have been banned or challenged? According to the ALA, these are the top 10 books (or series) that were banned or challenged in 2009:

1. ttyl; ttfn; l8r, g8r (series), by Lauren Myracle
2. And Tango Makes Three, by Peter Parnell and Justin Richardson
3. The Perks of Being A Wallflower, by Stephen Chbosky
4. To Kill A Mockingbird, by Harper Lee 
5. Twilight (series) by Stephenie Meyer 
6. Catcher in the Rye, by J.D. Salinger  – available as ebook!
7. My Sister’s Keeper, by Jodi Picoult
8. The Earth, My Butt, and Other Big, Round Things, by Carolyn Mackler
9. The Color Purple, by Alice Walker
10. The Chocolate War, by Robert Cormier

For more lists of frequently banned/challenged books, please see the ALA website. Use the left side navigation to see the books lists.