In honor of Banned Books Week, I wanted to post a list of my favorite books that have been banned. For a list of frequently challenged books, visit the American Library Association’s website. There are a lot of familiar names on there, some more surprising than others. As a public school employee, I was interested to notice that Children’s and Young Adult literature are well-represented on the recent lists of challenged books. I’m glad to say I’ve had the chance to read many of these books, and as always, I’m grateful that the adults in my life encouraged me to read a wide variety of books.
- To Kill A Mockingbird
- This is my nomination for the great American novel and has been since the first time I read it. It is an amazing book.
- A Wrinkle in Time
- It makes me so sad to see this book on the list. Sixteen years after reading it, I still love it (and A Wind in the Door too)! It’s a great adventure story with some really strong, smart characters (both girls and boys.)
- The Harry Potter series
- A lot of my students are just discovering these books, and I’m excited to see more readers enjoying them! I think they are classics. (Also, I really need to stop judging other books by them. Sets the bar way too high…)
- Gone with the Wind
- I was surprised how much I enjoyed this book. Scarlett O’Hara is quite the antihero-I know I would hate her if I met her in real life, but I had to keep turning pages to see what she would do next!
Sorry for the short list, but I just noticed the promotional items on the Banned Books Week website, and it’s time to go shopping! Maybe I can find something to go with my Wrinkle in Time t-shirt.