Banned Books Week this year is September 24-October 1. If you’re unfamiliar with Banned Books Week, check out the ALA’s website to catch up on what’s it all about. Here’s my list of books that I’ve enjoyed and urge you to read if you haven’t read them already.
- The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins [sexually explicit, unsuited to age group, and violence]
- Olive’s Ocean by Kevin Henkes [offensive language, sexually explicit]
- Harry Potter (series) by J.K. Rowling [occult/Satanism, violence, anti-family]
- Bridge to Terabithia by Katherine Paterson [occult/Satanism, offensive language]
- The Great Gilly Hopkins by Katherine Paterson [language, conduct of character]
- A Wrinkle in Time by Madeleine L’Engle
I have read more of the books on the banned list but these are the ones that jumped out at me as I went through the lists. I find the reasons from banning some of these books kind of odd. Just for reference, I got the reasons from the ALA’s website. Sorry there’s not reasons for everything.
Some of these books I read as a kid (HP, Bridge, Gilly Hopkins, Wrinkle in Time) and I don’t remember anything being “bad” about them. I do have to say I might have been somewhat oblivious as a kid though. When I read, I read to take me to a different place. I didn’t read to be influenced by characters. My parents made it very clear that books and reality aren’t the same thing. Just because Harry felt he was allowed to break rules whenever he wanted to does not mean I could break rules and not get punished. See parents/adults who want to ban books? Make these things clear and you shouldn’t have a problem.
Other books on the list I’ve read as an adult and once again don’t remember anything too bad about them. In this case I was reading as an adult for myself, not reading it to see if it was okay for my child. Obviously who is going to read the book changes everything. Would I let my 8 year old kid read the Hunger Games? Uh, not a chance. Would I let my 14 year old read the Hunger Games? I’d have no problem with that. Banning books is ridiculous. If anyone should be restricting access to books, it should be the parents and that only lasts until the kid is 18.
I didn’t really mean for that to turn into a rant about banning book. Ooops!
So what are some banned books that you enjoy?