This fight happens on many fronts--at home the Kids’ Right to Read Project fights challenges made against books and promote kids’ freedom to read. The American Library Association keeps track of book challenges and has lists of frequently challenged books available. According to their calculations the most frequently challenged and banned book from the last decade is the Harry Potter series, which is often challenged by groups who are afraid it will promote witchcraft to children. Cases of book challenges are also mapped in an interactive map online, which you can view to see what books are being challenged where.
A common reaction we hear this week is “That book was banned...but I love that book!” So this week we ask you what is your favorite banned book? How might your life be different if you had never been able to read it?