Happy September! Are you revived and rested from Summer Reading? As much as September makes me sad, because it means the end of beach trips, it also makes me really happy. For me, September means back-to-school cannoli and Banned Books Week (BBW).
This is my first year conducting BBW programming for all ages, 0-18! While I’m a little intimidated by the prospect, I’m also excited. I have projects and programs planned that are both active and passive, which I hope will appeal to all ages. For Tweens and Teens, I am hosting an “I Read Banned Books” tote bags, where they will use articles about challenged books, cover images, and other materials to decorate their own bag to take home. For the Kids (elementary aged) we’ll host a Banned Books Bingo and have coloring sheets inspired by challenged and banned titles. I’ll even be reading some of those titles to my classes that visit, and my story time groups!
For me, the programming and the planning are the easiest part of BBW. The hardest? Picking my favorite banned books. My parents were never ones to censor what we read, and even now, I’m fairly certain some people maybe surprised at what I read when I was young. My personal library is filled with challenged works, and a Where the Wild Things Are print hangs above my couch. So, in preparation, I thought I would share some of my favorite banned books with you all. Please don’t ask me to explain why, for some it’s too hard!
- Captain Underpants Series by Dav Pilkey
- Where’s Waldo ? Series by Martin Handford
- Where the Wild Things Are by Maurice Sendak
- Forever by Judy Blume
- Harry Potter Series by JK Rowling
- Where the Sidewalk Ends by Shel Silverstein
What are you doing for Banned Books Week? What are some of your favorite banned books? Have you ever faced push back for promoting Banned Books? Please sound off below!
More information about Banned Books Week and support for those facing materials challenges can be found on the Office of Intellectual Freedom site.