Interestingly, the freedom to read has not always been seen as a freedom. Citing the freedom to read as a part of our Constitution’s First Amendment, the American Library Association hosts a Banned Books Week every year to celebrate the freedom to read. Here is a list from The American Library Association of the top 20 American novels that have been challenged. Why do you think they have been banned or challenged? How many have you read?
This day and age, the very notion of books being banned is an affront to freedom. This week, you can be a rebel and participate in local Banned Books Week events, both online and out in your community. Even if you don’t, you can check out resources that outline the problem that censorship plays in society today, and raise awareness as to how it stifles creativity and freedom.