The 2019 Reading Challenges are here!  Are you struggling with what to read in the Choose-Your-Own-Adventure Reading Challenge categories? We can help! Throughout the year, we will highlight several juvenile, YA, and adult fiction (or non-fiction) books in most of the categories.
These aren’t the only books we have available in each category but are ideas that can help you spark inspiration, help clarify the category, and (hopefully) make your decision easier.

 

We’re continuing our discussion of books with the category “Read a Banned Book.”

 

This year, Banned Books Week falls on September 22nd through the 28th. Created in 1982, Banned Books Week spotlights current and historical attempts to censor books in schools, libraries, and bookstores. Each year, the ALA Office for Intellectual Freedom (OIF) compiles lists of challenged books. This year’s theme is “Censorship leaves us in the dark.” Below are only a small selection of books banned or challenged each year in libraries and schools across the world.  We encourage you to read one or more of the below banned or challenged books:

 

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The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian by Sherman Alexie
Reasons the book was challenged: profanity, sexual innuendo, violence
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Harriet the Spy by Louise Fitzhugh
Reason the book was challenged: concerns that the 11-year-old protagonist could set a bad example for kids
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Harry Potter (series) by J.K. Rowling
Reasons the book was challenged: magical themes, anti-family, violence
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1984 by George Orwell
Reason the book was challenged: pro-Communism ideas
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To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee
Reasons the book was challenged: offensive language, racism
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The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time by Mark Haddon
Reasons the book was challenged: profanity, atheism
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The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks by Rebecca Skloot
Reasons the book was challenged: too much graphic and scientific information
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The Golden Compass by Philip Pullman
Reason the book was challenged: religious viewpoints
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Drama by Raina Tegemeier
Reason the book was challenged: LGBT Characters
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Eleanor & Park by Rainbow Rowell
Reason the book was challenged: offensive language
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The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins
Reasons the book was challenged: religious viewpoints, violence, anti-family
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Bone (series) by Jeff Smith
Reasons the book was challenged: political viewpoints, racism, violence
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A Wrinkle in Time by Madeleine L’Engle
Reason the book was challenged: religious viewpoints
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Frankenstein by Mary Shelley
Reasons the book was challenged: claims of witchcraft, claims of the work being obscene, references to God
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James and the Giant Peach by Roald Dahl
Reasons the book was challenged: the single-use of a swear word and references to tobacco and whiskey

 

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