Here we are again. It feels like it was only yesterday.
It's Banned Books Week 2020, which started September 27 and ends on October 3. So I am getting in towards the end, which is usually what seems to happen.
Each year, the ALA's Office for Intellectual Freedom posts a list of the 10 most "challenged" books. Books can be challenged for many different reasons. The ALA, by the way, is the American Library Association.
(Just so you don't think this is a list of books that don't deserve to be read, please note that the Holy Bible weighs in at #52 most challenged in the past decade.)
You might be surprised at the lists of books that have been banned, at least once, somewhere, by a government, a school, or some other "authority". They include such classics as:
The Handmaid's Tale
Two Mark Twain classics: The Adventures of Tom Sawyer and The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn
To Kill a Mockingbird
Flowers for Algernon
In the Night Kitchen (I read that one to my son when he was young. He's a productive adult, hopefully not scarred for life).
Also, there's a series my son got into big time growing up: Harry Potter. (Sadly, the challenges to that series probably don't surprise you.)
Here are some of the scary facts.
Do you really want someone to be determining what you should be reading?
How many banned books have you read?