It’s true: I read banned books.
And I’m proud of it.
I’m betting you do, too. Or maybe you read them as a kid.
Don’t think so? If you’ve ever picked up a copy of Shel Silverstein’s Where the Sidewalk Ends or A Light in the Attic, then you, my friend, have read a banned book.
Same with In the Night Kitchen by Maurice Sendak.
So many of the books that I remember checking out of my hometown library are among the most-challenged books of all time.
Pretty much any of the Judy Blume books, for instance. Take your pick. Blubber, Deenie, Tiger Eyes, DEFINITELY Are You There God? It’s Me, Margaret and Forever.
Summer of My German Soldier, by Bette Greene.
Bridge to Terabithia, by Kathryn Paterson.
Charlotte’s Web, by E.B. White
Several favorite books that started out as high school and college assignments have been challenged or outright banned.
The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald
The Catcher in the Rye by J.D. Salinger
To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee
The Color Purple by Alice Walker
Beloved by Toni Morrison
Their Eyes are Watching God by Zora Neale Hurston
Song of Solomon by Toni Morrison
Mrs. Dalloway by Virginia Woolf
Ethan Frome by Edith Wharton
A Good Man Is Hard to Find by Flannery O’Connor
Babbitt by Sinclair Lewis
The Handmaid’s Tale, by Margaret Atwood
This week is Banned Books Week and really, literature would be so empty without these (and so many, many other) books as part of our world, wouldn’t it?
Do you have a favorite banned book? Were you surprised to learn that a particular book was banned?