It's Banned Books Week! Every year, the American Library Association (ALA) highlights censorship in our country and celebrates your freedom to read. Although outright book banning in the United States is rare, books are frequently challenged in schools. The ALA keeps track of challenged books, and reports them during Banned Books Week.
2019's Top Ten list has books that have appeared on the list for a number of years, such as George by Alex Gino, A Day in the Life of Marlon Bundo by Jill Twiss, and And Tango Makes Three by Peter Parnell & Justin Richardson. New to the Top Ten list (though not new to the top 100) is The Handmaid's Tale by Margaret Atwood. Children's book Prince & Knight by Daniel Haack is also new to the Top Ten list. The Harry Potter series has not appeared on the Top Ten list since 2003. What do you notice about the books that make the Top Ten this year? What does it make you wonder about the types of books that are being censored in schools? My favorite frequently challenged book is Slaughter House Five by Kurt Vonnegut, Jr. What is your favorite "banned book"? Did it make this year's list? Learn more about Banned Books Week here.