Be a Rebel! It’s Banned Books Week
by Diane Dragan
The Grand Central Library window (left) says it best: This week, fight against censorship and enjoy your freedom to read what you want. If you think that banning books is something that happened only in the past—or in other countries—take a look.
•Top 100 Banned or Challenged Books from 1999-2000: includes many tween or teen titles like S.E. Hinton’s That Was Then, This Is Now (#97), To Kill a Mockingbird (#40), and A Wrinkle in Time (#23). But it also includes other popular works for more mature audiences.
•Banned and Challenged Classics: What’s on the list for canon literature that, at some point, was not on the shelves for all to read?
1. The Great Gatsby, by F. Scott Fitzgerald
2. The Catcher in the Rye, by J.D. Salinger
3. The Grapes of Wrath, by John Steinbeck
4. To Kill a Mockingbird, by Harper Lee
5. The Color Purple, by Alice Walker
6. Ulysses, by James Joyce
7. Beloved, by Toni Morrison
8. The Lord of the Flies, by William Golding
9. 1984, by George Orwell
11. Lolita, by Vladmir Nabokov
12. Of Mice and Men, by John Steinbeck
15. Catch-22, by Joseph Heller
16. Brave New World, by Aldous Huxley
17. Animal Farm, by George Orwell
18. The Sun Also Rises, by Ernest Hemingway
19. As I Lay Dying, by William Faulkner
20. A Farewell to Arms, by Ernest Hemingway
•From Aristophanes to Jackie Collins: Wikipedia’s list of books banned, at one point or another, by various governments.
Dig out your library card, charge up your eReader, and join in.