Banned Books Week: Celebrating the Freedom to Read

Banned Books Week is here!  ALA (American Library Association) celebrates the freedom to read and our 1st Amendment rights by highlighting the books that were censored in libraries  across the country.  Books are censored for various reasons and ALA provides the top 3 reasons books are banned:
1.  the material was considered to be “sexually explicit”
2.  the material contained “offensive language”
3.  the material was “unsuited to any age group”

Recently a popular author, Ellen Hopkins,  not only had her books removed from a school library in Oklahoma but the principal also canceled her school visit.  The school administration had a problem with her books because they contained drug use.  She talks about this incident on her blog at http://ellenhopkins.livejournal.com.

Some very popular books are challenged and banned every year.  You can read more about this on ALA Banned Books Week Website.   Here is a sample of some of the books:

The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian by Sherman Alexie
Bless Me, Ultima by Rudolfo A. Anaya
The Perks of Being a Wallflower by Stephen Chbosky
Looking for Alaska by John Green
Twilight by Stephenie Meyer
ttfn by Lauren Myracle
The Golden Compass by Philip Pullma
Angus, Thongs and Full-Frontal Snogging by Louise Renniso
The Catcher in the Rye by J.D. Salinger
The Amulet of Samarkand by Jonathan Stroud

 Celebrate your Freedom to Read and Read a Banned Book Today!