This year read a banned book week falls on:
Sunday 2016 September 25 – Saturday 2016 October 01
Every year for the past 34 years the American Library Association sponsors Banned Books Week: The Freedom To Read
Banned Books Week is an annual event celebrating the freedom to read. Typically held during the last week of September, it highlights the value of free and open access to information. Banned Books Week brings together the entire book community –- librarians, booksellers, publishers, journalists, teachers, and readers of all types –- in shared support of the freedom to seek and to express ideas, even those some consider unorthodox or unpopular.
By focusing on efforts across the country to remove or restrict access to books, Banned Books Week draws national attention to the harms of censorship. Check out the frequently challenged books section to explore the issues and controversies around book challenges and book banning. The books featured during Banned Books Week have all been targeted with removal or restrictions in libraries and schools. While books have been and continue to be banned, part of the Banned Books Week celebration is the fact that, in a majority of cases, the books have remained available. This happens only thanks to the efforts of librarians, teachers, students, and community members who stand up and speak out for the freedom to read.
The American Library Association maintains a list of The Top 100 Banned Novels Of The 20th Century for your reading pleasure.
There is even a web site and a domain dedicated to Banned Books Week called BannedBooksWeek.org
Lastly here is a list of the Top 10 Most Challenged Books Of 2015:
Please read or talk about a book from one of these lists during Banned Books Week 2016.
All freedom and all progress is ultimately rooted in the free flow of ideas.
The American Library Association maintains a list of the Top 100 Banned Or Challenged Novels Of The 20th Century. Below is a list of those books that have been confirmed as being banned or challenged. The ones in bold are currently on the Top 10 Challenged Books Of 2009. The books in blue are books I have read so far.
What banned books have you read?
- The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald
- The Catcher in the Rye by J.D. 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 Vladmir Nabokov
- Of Mice and Men by John Steinbeck
- Catch-22 by Joseph Heller
- Brave New World by Aldous Huxley
- Animal Farm by George Orwell
- The Sun Also Rises by Ernest Hemingway
- As I Lay Dying by William Faulkner
- A Farewell to Arms by Ernest Hemingway
- Their Eyes Were Watching God by Zora Neale Hurston
- Invisible Man by Ralph Ellison
- Song of Solomon by Toni Morrison
- Gone with the Wind by Margaret Mitchell
- Native Son by Richard Wright
- One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest by Ken Kesey
- Slaughterhouse-Five by Kurt Vonnegut
- For Whom the Bell Tolls by Ernest Hemingway
- The Call of the Wild by Jack London
- Go Tell it on the Mountain by James Baldwin
- All the King’s Men by Robert Penn Warren
- The Lord of the Rings by J. R. R. Tolkien
- The Jungle by Upton Sinclair
- Lady Chatterley’s Lover by D. H. Lawrence
- A Clockwork Orange by Anthony Burgess
- The Awakening by Kate Chopin
- In Cold Blood by Truman Capote
- The Satanic Verses by Salman Rushdie
- Sophie’s Choice by William Styron
- Sons and Lovers by D. H. Lawrence
- Cat’s Cradle by Kurt Vonnegut
- A Separate Peace by John Knowles
- Naked Lunch by William S. Burroughs
- Brideshead Revisited by Evelyn Waugh
- Women in Love by D. H. Lawrence
- The Naked and the Dead by Norman Mailer
- Tropic of Cancer by Henry Miller
- An American Tragedy by Theodore Dreiser
- Rabbit, Run by John Updike