No, I didn’t choose the Bible or Harry Potter. Nor TKAM. Nor GWTW. I tried to pick ones we enjoyed that aren’t Banned Book cliches. Did you know Where’s Waldo makes the list? It isn’t always the books you expect, is it? Well, here are our ten for today. These are by no means ALL of the banned or challenged books we’ve loved and enjoyed over the years. Just a nice selection of books you may not have known about.
(These are not in any ranked order.)
I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings by Maya Angelou
Kaffir Boy by Mark Mathabane [I know of one library in Idaho where this book was kept locked up].
Friday Night Lights by H.G. Bissinger
Nickel and Dimed by Barbara Ehrenreich
The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald
The Egypt Game by Zilpha Keatly Snider [a favorite of my daughter]
Junie B Jones series [another favorite of my daughter]
The Freedom Writer’s Diary (both my son and daughter)
The Outsiders (my son)
A Child Called It by Dave Pelzer
The Lists I Used-all official American Library Association lists