John Steinbeck’s The Grapes of Wrath, Toni Morrison’s Song of Solomon, Henry Miller’s Tropic of Cancer, Harper Lee’s To Kill a Mockingbird: these are just some of the great books that are frequently banned from schools and libraries. To raise awareness about the efforts of a few to keep the rest of us from enjoying these and many other great reads, the American Library Association created Banned Books Week.
Now in its 24th year, BBW is giving concerned readers the tips and tools they need to fight back, a chance to vote for their favorite banned book, as well as some fascinating facts like this one: The most challenged book of the 21st century is also one of its most popular, Harry Potter. BookSense, a coalition of independent booksellers is also getting into the act with its own Top Ten List of most challenged books. Google’s beta BookSearch program has created a special page in honor of the week that gives easy access to information about frequently banned books. Chances are your local library or bookseller is hosting an event as well.
Are you doing (or reading) anything special for BBW? Tell us about it.