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Banned Books Week

What do these books have in common?

  • The Adventures of Captain Underpants by Dav Pilkey
  • The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn by Mark Twain
  • The Adventures of Tom Sawyer by Mark Twain
  • Animal Farm and 1984 by George Orwell
  • Anne Frank: The Diary of a Young Girl by Anne Frank
  • The Autobiography of Miss Jane Pittman by Ernest Gaines
  • The Color Purple by Alice Walker
  • Deenie by Judy Blume
  • Fahrenheit 451 by Ray Bradbury
  • The Fault in Our Stars by John Green
  • Flowers for Algernon by Daniel Keyes
  • The Freedom Writers Diary: How a Teacher and 150 Teens Used Writing to Change Themselves and the World Around Them by the Freedom Writers
  • Goosebumps (series) by R.L. Stone
  • The Grapes of Wrath by John Steinbeck
  • The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald
  • The Handmaid’s Tale by Margaret Atwood
  • Harry Potter (series) by J.K. Rowling
  • Here's to You, Rachel Robinson by Judy Blume
  • I Am the Cheese by Robert Cormier
  • I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings by Maya Angelou
  • In the Night Kitchen by Maurice Sendak
  • The Lord of the Flies by William Golding
  • The Lord of the Rings by J.R.R. Tolkien
  • Of Mice and Men by John Steinbeck
  • The Miseducation of Cameron Post by Emily M. Danforth
  • Romeo and Juliet by William Shakespeare
  • Song of Solomon by Toni Morrison
  • The Stupids Step Out by Harry Allard
  • Tiger Eyes by Judy Blume
  • To Kill A Mockingbird by Harper Lee
  • Twilight (series) by Stephenie Meyer
  • Unwind (series) by Neal Shusterman

The answer is that they've all been on the American Library Association's list of Banned or Challenged Young Adult Books.

The Right to Read

Each year, on Banned Books Week (usually the last week in September), students in some Palms classes champion their right to read with discussions, signs, and posters promoting the reading of controversial books.

Banned Books Week 2019

September 22 - 28, 2019