This week—September 25 to October 2—is officially “Banned Books Week.” This is an annual event that celebrates the freedom to read, highlights the importance of open access to information, and draws attention to the harms of censorship in the form of book banning across the United States.
What can you do to celebrate your freedom to read? Visit the library. Read a banned book.
To get you started, here are the top 10 most frequently banned or challenged books in the 20th Century:
The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald.
The Grapes of Wrath by John Steinbeck.
The Color Purple by Alice Walker.
Ulysses by James Joyce.
Beloved by Toni Morrison.
The Lord of the Flies by William Golding.
1984 by George Orwell.
Lolita by Vladimir Nabokov.
The American Library Association maintains a list of the 100 most frequently challenged books, along with a list of reasons why.