Sept. 24 through Sept. 30 is Banned Books Week. According to the Banned Books Week website, the week is a “commitment” that increases awareness of the “freedom to read.”
But, what makes a book a “banned” book? Typically, the ones that frequently show up on the list are books that are explicit in some way, shape or form. These books are challenged, and then removed from libraries. The Censorship page on the Banned Books website reports that 70 to 80 percent of those challenges are never reported.
However, as we move forward in celebrating these books, it’s a good time to read (or reread) some of our favorite banned books over the years. So, in honor of Banned Books Week, I am sharing some of my favorites that I’ve read over the years.