One of my favorite bloggers, Steph Su Reads is hosting a Banned Books Challenge.
Check out the main post about the challenge here!
Here are some resources for finding banned and challenged books (taken from Steph's blog)
- The University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign's Challenged Children's Book List.
- 10 Frequently Challenged Books Everyone Should Read at Paste Magazine
- Hit List for Young Adults 2 by Teri Lesesne and Rosemary Chance.
- The left-hand sidebar of the ALA Frequently Challenged Books site features many ways in which challenged books are broken down by year, decade, type of challenge, etc.
- The Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh has a great website dedicated to Banned Books Week, the freedom to read, and reviews of banned books.
- The Illinois Library Association issues a fantastic bibliography every year noting the books challenged that year.
- The American Civil Liberties Union of Texas has compiled a shocking list of challenges made in the state.
From September 1, 2010 to October 15, 2010, our goal is to read and review commonly challenged or banned books.
I am setting a goal of 7 books (I have lots of other things in my TBR list), but I'd like to get to more if I can. Some of the books will be re-reads and some will be new.
Here are the books I'm thinking of reading for the challenge:
Deenie by Judy Blume (re-read)
Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone by J. K. Rowling (re-read)
The Giver by Lois Lowry (re-read)
Living Dead Girl by Elizabeth Scott
Finding My Voice by Maria G. Lee
Speak by Laurie Halse Anderson
Staying Fat for Sarah Burnes by Chris Crutcher