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This upcoming week, from September 24 to October 1, is Banned Books Week.

Banned Books Week is an annual event celebrating the freedom to read and the importance of the First Amendment. Held during the last week of September, Banned Books Week highlights the benefits of free and open access to information while drawing attention to the harms of censorship by spotlighting actual or attempted bannings of books across the United States.

The ALA has various lists and statistics for banned and challenged books. Here are the Top 100 from the past decade. And here are the frequently banned classics.

Here are some of my favorite banned and challenged books:
Go Ask Alice
The Handmaid’s Tale by Margaret Atwood
Are You There, God? It’s Me, Margaret by Judy Blume
The Awakening by Kate Chopin
The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins
The Chocolate War by Robert Cormier
The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald
The Lord of the Flies by William Golding
The Kite Runner by Khaled Hosseini
To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee
A Wrinkle in Time by Madeline L’Engle
The Giver by Lois Lowry
Gone with the Wind by Margaret Mitchell
Animal Farm by George Orwell
Harry Potter (series) by J.K. Rowling
Balzac and the Little Chinese Seamstress by Dai Sijie
The Joy Luck Club by Amy Tan
The Lord of the Rings by J.R.R. Tolkien
The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn by Mark Twain
Brideshead Revisited by Evelyn Waugh

What are some of your favorites?

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