Banned Books Week is an annual event held the last week in September, coming up soon! Banned books are books that have been banned from society, most especially in the West from appearing in libraries or schools, though some more radical governments have banned them from being legally read in their countries at all. Some of these books have been controversial for their extreme politics, some for their sexual content, some for the use of language no longer socially acceptable.
But despite all of these hang-ups, you might be surprised to discover how many of your favorite classics have been banned at one time or another, somewhere in the world, like these:
The Great Gatsby, F. Scott Fitzgerald
The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn, Mark Twain
A Wrinkle in Time, Madeleine L’Engle
Julie of the Wolves, Jean Craighead George
A Light in the Attic, Shel Silverstein
James and the Giant Peach, Roald Dahl
The Kite Runner, Khaled Hosseini
Summer of My German Soldier, Bette Green
Bridge to Terabithia, Katherine Paterson
Roll of Thunder, Hear My Cry, Mildred Taylor
Junie B. Jones, Barbara Park
That’s just a tiny sampling of the books you probably read as a kid, or even recently, that have been banned in their published lifetime. But the most ironic of all? The banning of Fahrenheit 451 by Ray Bradbury, a book about a society afraid of books. For more information on banned books, visit the American Library Association. And stay tuned for a special Strawberry Moon announcement regarding the upcoming week of celebrations!