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Where would the curriculum be without banned books?


In honor of Banned Book week, I was looking over the list of previously banned, most challenged books. Turns out, I would have read about 1 book in high school if those bans stood. I also would have been deprived of some of my favorite books of all time.

Here's a list of my favorite banned books:
  • The Harry Potter series
  • A Separate Peace
  • Catch 22
  • To Kill a Mockingbird
  • A Farewell to Arms
  • Judy Blume's books
  • Ulysses (Ok, so I've never actually made it through Ulysses, but it's my Everest and no book-haters are taking that away from me).
What's your favorite banned book? Post in the comments section!

According to the ALA, there are the top ten, most challenged books of the 21st century:
1. Harry Potter series by J.K. Rowling
2. "The Chocolate War" by Robert Cormier
3. Alice series by Phyllis Reynolds Naylor
4. "Of Mice and Men" by John Steinbeck
5. "I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings" by Maya Angelou
6. "Fallen Angels" by Walter Dean Myers
7. "It's Perfectly Normal" by Robie Harris
8. Scary Stories series by Alvin Schwartz
9. Captain Underpants series by Dav Pilkey
10. "Forever" by Judy Blume

Links for more banned book lists:

http://www.ala.org/ala/aboutala/offices/oif/bannedbooksweek/bannedbooksweek.cfm
http://title.forbiddenlibrary.com/
http://www.freedomforum.org/templates/document.asp?documentID=3037

Teacher gets suspended for teaching Freedom Writer's Diary. Watch video:
http://www.cnn.com/video/#/video/us/2008/06/29/tuchman.in.banned.book.cnn

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