Celebrating Banned Books Week

Banned Books Week, 2015 runs from September 27 through October 3, 2015. The American Library Association describes it like this:

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.

tango_makes_threeAttempting to ban books is nothing more than attempting to ban ideas. Here at Sleeping Hedgehog, we’d like to celebrate the freedom to read, write, and think challenging thoughts by sharing some of our favorite banned and/or frequently challenged book recommendations.

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J.K. Rowlings’ enduring Harry Potter series was the number one most challenged book between 2000 and 2009. I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings by renowned poet and writer Maya Angelou was the third most-challenged book, that same decade. Other books that just keep on challenging the hearts and minds of readers everywhere — and making lists of books some people find so objectionable they don’t want anyone to be able to read them — include Salinger’s The Catcher in the Rye, Jean Craighead George’s Julie of the Wolves, Twain’s The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn, To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee, and Morrison’s The Bluest Eye.

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If you’re looking for a few more dangerous ideas to explore, here’s a list of the ten books most frequently challenged in the USA in 2015. The ALA lists the 100 most frequently challenged books, by decade. You can also follow @BannedBooksWeek on Twitter.

Celebrate your freedom to read and support the exchange of new ideas: read a controversial book this week!

MacAllister Stone is Editor in Chief of AbsoluteWrite.com and CoyoteWildMag.com. She attended the Viable Paradise specfic writing workshop in October of 2006 and has been a member of the VP staff, since. She can often be found on the Absolute Write forums.

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