Banned Books Week! Libraries across the country are brushing off tables and setting them at their entrances with signs that say “Read a Banned Book!”, book lovers are pinning ‘I read Banned Books’ pins to their bags, and tee shirts, flyers, bookmarks are all being printed and sold at indie bookstores. Most of all, some of the most banned books in the history of our country are being read out loud, discussed and discovered.
According to the American Library Association, some of the most classic banned books are:
The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald
The Catcher in the Rye by JD Salinger
The Grapes of Wrath by John Steinbeck
To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee
The Color Purple by Alice Walker
Ulysses by James Joyce
Beloved by Toni Morrison
The Lord of the Flies by William Golding
1984 by George Orwell
Lolita by Vladimir Nabokov
Of Mice and Men by John Steinbeck
Animal Farm by George Orwell
The Sun Also Rises by Ernest Hemingway
As I Lay Dying by William Faulkner
Invisible Man by Ralph Ellison
and countless others.
And here are some of the most challenged books of 2010:
And Tango Makes Three, by Peter Parnell and Justin Richardson
The Hunger Games (series), by Suzanne Collins
Lush, by Natasha Friend
Revolutionary Voices edited by Amy Sonnie
What My Mother Doesn’t Know, by Sonya Sones
Brave New World, by Aldous Huxley
For this giveaway you have choices, which in my opinion, is delightful. You can tell me what banned book you’d like to read and why. If you win, I’ll mail it to you. Or you can suggest a banned book that you’d like donated to a specific library or school near you (that may be in need of it) and I’ll mail it to them.
So go ahead, tell me what wonderful banned words you’d love to read this week!
*Winner is @Demibeans! Please send me your mailing address so I can send you your book!*