September 23-29 is Banned Books Week, a week that promotes the freedom to read. Every day this week, I’ll be sharing three banned books that you should add to your TBR lists.
Gone With the Wind by Margaret Mitchell
While many people remember the movie before the book, this classic novel has been challenged and banned due to its depiction of slavery and use of racial slurs. There are also references to rape.
Bridge to Terabithia by Katherine Paterson
This book is one of the most challenged books in the United States. Challengers death being part of the plot inappropriate, and they also take offense to Paterson’s use of the word “lord” and other improper words. They also say that the book promotes occultism, New Age religion, and secular humanism.
Goosebumps by R.L. Stine
This series was challenged for reasons that are probably pretty obvious – parents and libraries believing the stories to be too scary, as well as occultism. I grew up on these books (along with Animorphs), and you better believe that if I ever have children, they’ll be reading these books too.
The twenty-one books I’ve shared are just the tiniest sliver of the full list. What are your favorite banned books that I didn’t include in this series? Leave your thoughts below!
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