Fight censorship - Read a banned book today!
Around the world, even in the United States, people challenge and ban books. The ALA celebrates "Banned Books Week" each September, an event in which the literary community bands together to promote these challenged books.
Classics like Huck Finn and I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings are under attack in classrooms, libraries and schools. It may seem like a crazy story from a dystopian novel, or a historical oddity from the dark ages... but censorship is REAL.
Censorship has been a problem in the US since at least the 1600s, when Bostonians famously burned William Pynchon's Meritorious Price of Our Redemption. Over the years, hundreds of other titles have been challenged, from well-known novels like Gone with the Wind and 1984 to beloved children's titles like Are You There God? It's Me, Margaret and the Harry Potter series.
For more details check out the American Library Association's Challenged and Banned Books List, the List of Books Banned By Governments on Wikipedia, or the ALA's lists of most frequently challenged books of the 1990's and most frequently challenged books of the 2000's.
These books have been challenged for containing "offensive" language.
Catch-22: 50th Anniversary Edition
The Glass Castle: A Memoir
The Fighting Ground
Jack (Vintage Contemporaries)
My Brother Sam Is Dead (Scholastic Gold)
Mick Harte Was Here
Go the Fuck to Sleep
The Catcher in the Rye
Bad Kitty Cat-Nipped Edition
The Adventures of Super Diaper Baby: A Graphic Novel (Super Diaper Baby #1): From the Creator of Captain Underpants
Eleanor & Park: Exclusive Special Edition
Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close: A Novel
Crank (The Crank Trilogy)
Nickel and Dimed: On (Not) Getting By in America
Persepolis: The Story of a Childhood (Pantheon Graphic Library)