Readers’ Corner: Banned Books

Did you know that this week is Banned Books Week? From September 24-30, we celebrate our freedom to read, write, and think however we like. Free and equal access to information of all types is the foundation of the public library, so we think it’s important to fight against censorship that would silence the great diversity of voices.

This week’s featured teen booklist is, of course, filled with banned books. So check out one of these titles and make up your own mind about whether it’s worth reading. Personally, some of my all-time favorite books are on this list, and I think the world would be worse off without them.

Sno-Isle Teens Booklist: Banned Books

If you’re curious, here are some of the reasons given for challenging books on this list:

Harry Potter series: occult, Satanism

Fallen Angels: violence (in a book about war)

Crank and Go Ask Alice: drugs (in books depicting the perils of drug use)

The Catcher in the Rye: offensive language

To Kill a Mockingbird: racism (in a book exposing and denouncing racism)

Twilight series and Hunger Games series: religious viewpoint

Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian: anti-family, sex education, gambling, cultural insensitivity, depictions of bullying

Thirteen Reasons Why: suicide

ttyl: unsuited to age group

The Perks of Being a Wallflower: homosexuality

Do you have a favorite banned book? You can find lists of the most challenged titles, with the challengers’ reasons, so see what you think of their assessments.

Happy reading!

Melleny @ Mukilteo Library

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