Banned Books Week: September 25, 2010 to October 2, 2010
This Saturday marked the beginning of Banned Books Week, a week observed at the end of every September since 1982 to celebrate free access to information, while drawing attention to the harms of censorship. All across the country libraries and bookstores have scheduled events to highlight banned and challenged books and to celebrate our democratic right and freedom to read.
Some of the books that have been banned in schools and libraries even very recently may surprise you. Favorite children’s books such as Charlotte’s Web, Winnie-the-Pooh, Where’s Waldo, and In the Night Kitchen have all made the frequently banned book list.
I was even more surprised to see one of Eric Carle’s picture books at #61 on the Top 100 Banned and Challenged Books. Can you guess which book this could possibly be?