Banned Books Week 2008 (Sept 27th-Oct 4th) is the 27th annual celebration of the freedom to read. Each year efforts are made to pull questionable books from library shelves, and the American Library Association (ALA) keeps track of all those requests and compiles the top offenders in their 10 Most Frequently Challenged Books List.

Surprisingly (or not), Mark Twain’s The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn still makes this year’s list.  Other titles mentioned include The Golden Compass by Philip Pullman, The Color Purple by Alice Walker, and I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings by Maya Angelou.

So exercise your freedom to read what you want this week by checking out a banned book.  You can find a list of the 100 most challenged or banned titles on the ALA website.

Do you have a favorite banned or challenged book?  Mine is probably Toni Morrison’s The Bluest Eye or my childhood favorite The Bridge to Terabithia by Katherine Paterson.


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