Banned Books Week, organized by the American Library Association, is a celebration of intellectual freedom in the worlds of education and libraries. This year, the celebration will last from September 27-October 3, and libraries and schools across the country will use this time to foster conversations and lessons that deal with issues of censorship and community values. We here at Brain Hive are very excited about helping students and educators engage in these critical conversations, so we wanted to highlight some of the titles currently available on the platform that have been the subjects of past (and some current) book challenges across the country.
- The Color Purple – Alice Walker (Open Road)
- The Awakening, and Selected Short Stories – Kate Chopin (Lerner)
- The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian – Sherman Alexie (Little, Brown for Young Readers)
- Bury My Heart at Wounded Knee: An Indian History of the American West – Dee Brown (Open Road)
- Always Running (La Vida Loca: Gang Days in L.A.) – Luis Rodriguez (Open Road)
We hope these titles (along with many other classic and contemporary works of literature that have been the subject of challenges and bans available now on the platform), will help to supplement the work you are doing in your classrooms and libraries next week as you explore the complexities of censorship and intellectual freedom with your students.
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