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Banned Books Introduction

It’s the first day of Banned Books Week, and we thought we’d start with a little introduction about the banning of books and some links to great websites to get more information (and maybe even pick your next book to read!)

For more resources on banned books, censorship, and defending literature, we highly recommend the American Library Association (ALA) and the National Council of Teachers of English (NCTE), which Becca is a member of.

The ALA has devoted an entire section of their website to advocating for banned books.  Be sure to check out the list of frequently challenged books!  You can also see statistics about what books are challenged each year and why.  They also have some resources for banned books week, including activity ideas and free downloads of Clip Art for your blog or Facebook page!

The NCTE has issued several statements and guidelines regarding challenged literature in schools.  One of the most important is on the students’ right to read.  They have a copy of their 1984 resolution (Can we just say, what a great year to be talking about censorship!) to collect and develop defenses of challenged books and a 1981 resolution opposing censorship.  Their website also has an excellent anti-censorship center where you can find more information on Banned Books Week and more!

Please take advantage of these resources and show your support for these two wonderful organizations!  We are so lucky to have our librarians and English teachers taking such a strong stance against the censorship of books!  In fact, in the list that follows (of banned classics that we picked our books for this week from) had several selections that were covered in our high school English classes!

Frequently Banned/Challenged Classics (from the American Library Association)

The Great Gatsby, F. Scott Fitzgerald

The Catcher in the Rye, J.D. Salinger

The Grapes of Wrath, John Steinbeck

To Kill a Mockingbird, Harper Lee

The Color Purple, Alice Walker

Ulysses, James Joyce

Beloved, Toni Morrison

The Lord of the Flies, William Golding

1984, George Orwell

Lolita, Vladimir Nabokov

Of Mice and Men, John Steinbeck

Catch-22, Joseph Heller

Brave New World, Aldous Huxley

Animal Farm, George Orwell

The Sun Also Rises, Ernest Hemingway

As I Lay Dying, William Faulkner

A Farewell to Arms, Ernest Hemingway

Their Eyes Were Watching God, Zora Neale Hurston

Invisible Man, Ralph Ellison

Song of Solomon, Toni Morrison

Gone with the Wind, Margaret Mitchell

Native Son, Richard Wright

One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest, Ken Kesey

Slaughterhouse Five, Kurt Vonnegut

For Whom the Bell Tolls, Ernest Hemingway

The Call of the Wild, Jack London

Go Tell It On The Mountain, James Baldwin

All The King’s Men, Robert Penn Warren

The Lord of the Rings, J.R.R. Tolkein

The Jungle, Upton Sinclair

Lady Chatterley’s Lover, D.H. Lawrence

A Clockwork Orange, Anthony Burgess

The Awakening, Kate Chopin

In Cold Blood, Truman Capote

Satanic Voices, Salman Rushdie

Sophie’s Choice, William Styron

Sons and Lovers, D.H. Lawrence

Cat’s Cradle, Kurt Vonnegut

A Separate Piece, John Knowles

Naked Lunch, William S. Burroughs

Brideshead Revisited, Evelyn Waugh

Women In Love, D.H. Lawrence

The Naked and the Dead, Norman Mailer

Tropic of Cancer, Henry Miller

An American Tragedy, Theodore Dreiser

Rabbit, Run, John Updike

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Are You Ready for Banned Books Week?

from the American Library Association

September 30th marks the first day of Banned Books Week, put on by the American Library Association, and this year it is a big one!  This is the 30th anniversary of putting the word out about enjoying banned and challenged literature and supporting the rights for intellectual freedom.

from the American Library Association

Of Print and Prose will be joining the movement, so there are a lot of good things to stay tuned for every day of Banned Book Week!  We have a list of the most challenged books for you to choose your next book from and several reviews of banned classics that we’ve read in honor of Banned Book Week (one every day!)  We hope you’ll join us this Sunday and continue checking in for the rest of the week!

from the American Library Association