September 26, 2009

Read a Banned Book

Today kicks off Banned Book Week so let's celebrate our freedom to read.  Pick up a book and if you're not sure which book to pick up, here is but a sampling of some classic books that have one thing in common - - they have all been banned at some time.

Of Mice and Men by John Steinbeck
To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee
Charlotte's Web by E. B. White
Winnie the Pooh by A. A. Milne
Gone with the Wind by Margaret Mitchell
The Call of the Wild by Jack London
Portrait of a Lady by Henry James
The Lord of the Rings by J. R. R. Tolkien
The Wonderful Wizard of Oz by L. Frank Baum
In Cold Blood by Truman Capote
Rebecca by Daphne DuMaurier
The Maltese Falcon by Dashiell Hammett
The War of the Worlds by H.G. Wells
The Bostonians by Henry James
Little House on the Prairie by Laura Ingalls Wilder
The Bible

Yes, even the Bible.  So if your eyes are rolling as hard as mine are, go to your bookstore or local library and honor the authors of these books (and others listed at the American Library Association's website) by reading the words they worked so diligently to bring us - - and deserve to have read!

A pin from Eastern Michigan University's Halle Library


Tales of Whimsy said...

The Bible? Wow.

Alyssa Kirk said...

Winnie the Pooh? Really? Don't tell me, it's because Piglet, Pooh and Eeyore are actually gay.

Hey Jake, Gregory and I recently read Sherman Alexie's Absolutely True Diary of a Part Time Indian. It has been banned and it is one of our all time favorites. Something to add to your list!

Lisa said...

Little House on The Prairie? What could be more innocuous? Winnie-The-Pooh--probably because he's not wearing any pants!