Saturday, September 25, 2010

Be Subversive: Read a Banned Book!

It's here again--that time of year when readers around the country celebrate the freedom to read: Banned Books Week. Held by the American Library Association every year in the last week of September, Banned Books Week will take place: September 25−October 2, 2010.  It's a time to show your support for authors whose books have been banned.

Here's a list of few books that have been banned:

The Bible
Huckleberry Finn by Mark Twain
To Kill a Mockingbird, by Harper Lee
The Chocolate War, by Robert Cormier
Harry Potter by J.K. Rowling
Twilight by Stephenie Meyer
ttyl; ttfn; l8r, g8r (series), by Lauren Myracle

There are plenty more at the ALA website. Even one of our own authors' books was challenged. Some teachers did not feel the cover of Island Sting with its bullet holes and blood was suitable for the classroom, even though Doerr's book is an eco-mystery about endangered animals. Here's her challenged cover below:

What's your favorite banned book? Anyone who answers this week will get 20% off any Leap Books title from now until the end of the year. Watch for some great upcoming releases, including Jacqueline Horsfall's For the Love of Strangers.

1 comment:

  1. It's hard to tell which is my favorite. I love the Harry Potter series, To Kill a Mockingbird, and Lord of the Rings, which I understand has been banned at times. What ignorance! These are all great books with something positive and meaningful to say.

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