Celebrate the First Amendment Read a Banned Book!
OK the book I am currently reading is not a banned book, and I plan on finishing it before I read anything new. But in light of this being Banned Book Week, I wanted to share some of my favorite banned books. Some of these I read in high school...because they were banned. Truly, if you want to get a kid to read tell them they can't!
Favorite Banned Books, in no order:
*The Color Purple -Yes it is a tragic tale, but it has a great ending. It is beautifully written.
* Freedom Writers Diary- This is just a really great book.
*The Good Earth- I pick this book out from a deck of cards! It was such a vivid book, I could not put it down. Then when I finished I started researching who Pearl Buck was. I'm not sure why they challenged this book.
*Grapes of Wrath- Epic.
*Harry Potter- Oh come on. This series is responsible for getting millions of kids to read.
*Of Mice and Men- I cried. Tragic tale. Rich storytelling at it's best.
*To Kill a Mockingbird- A southern classic. I fell in love with the family.
*A Wrinkle in Time- Talk about an imagination!
This is only a short list. Most banned books were banned because a small group of people had their feather's ruffled. To celebrate banned book week I think I will read good 'ole Shel Silverstein to my kids tonight!