This is the week that we celebrate books that have been banned or challenged. Usually, the books are banned from school libraries or from being taught in school. The reasons given seem valid–sexual content, dirty language, racism–but dig a little deeper and you’ll generally find that the true reason is that these books seem dangerous. Often the ideas they contain are challenging–to authority, to established institutions, to the status quo. Perhaps this is why so much effort is made to keep these books out of the hands of children. Yet, the very act of challenging these books brings them to our attention and creates a handy reading list full of dangerous ideas. Here is my recommended reading list of banned or challenged books, one for each month in the year. Share them with a child you know.
12 Books, Adventures of Huckleberry Finn, Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland, Animal Farm, Anne Frank, Banned books, Catcher in the Rye, Challenged books, Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, Diary of a Young Girl, Fahrenheit 451, George Orwell, Harper Lee, Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone, JD Salinger, JK Rowling, JRR Tolkien, Lewis Carroll, Lois Lowry, Mark Twain, Ray Bradbury, Reading list, Richard Adams, Roald Dahl, The Giver, The Hobbit, To Kill a Mockingbird, Watership Down