Today marks the beginning of Banned Books Week 2010. In our department we have two different displays for banned books: one in the children's area and one near the young adult area. They've only been out for a few days but we've gotten comments and surprised questions about some books that have been banned or challenged.
Those of us who truly love books understand how important it is to keep the freedom to read alive which is why we celebrate the freedom to read during banned books week. It's a reminder that, by speaking loudly our favorites are available for others to choose and to love or to hate and disagree with. But the fundamental element of freedom to read is the freedom to choose.
Below are a few of my favorites:
Speak - Laurie Halse Anderson
A Light in the Attic - Shel Silverstein
The Harry Potter Series - J.K. Rowling
The Earth, My Butt, and Other Big Round Things - Carolyn Mackler
Catcher in the Rye - J.D. Salinger
A Clockwork Orange - Anthony Burgess
James and the Giant Peach - Roald Dahl
To Kill a Mockingbird - Harper Lee
King and King - Linda da Haan
There are many more that I've read and/or enjoyed that I didn't add. But it's safe to say I read banned books. Do you?
Banned Books Week runs from September 25 - October 2, 2010.