In honor of banned books week, some of my favorite banned books to read:
- The Giver by Lois Lowry: One of my top 3 favorite books of all time, this is a dystopian novel following a young boy as he is chosen to become the next Receiver of Memories. As he learns more and more about his "perfect" world, we see that everyone being the same is not such a good thing, after all. I cannot possibly describe how amazing I felt this novel was as a child and I find it even more brilliant and relevant as an adult.
- The Harry Potter Series by J.K. Rowling: I doubt anyone has not heard of the story of a boy who goes to Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry. I consider any book that is hundreds of pages long and children still want to read a good one! (I think these are a fun read, too).
- The Diary of a Young Girl by Anne Frank: I find it difficult to understand how one can feel compelled to ban a book written by a girl the age of the people reading it. As a young teen, Anne wrote about her life in hiding in Nazi Germany. A true story of a time that should never be forgotten.
Want more information on Banned Books Week, check out the ALA website. Then go to your local library and pick up a banned book or two to read this week!