Banned Books Week is here again! From September 23rd through 29th, we celebrate the freedom to read, and draw attention to the harms of censorship. The 2018 theme is "Banning Books Silences Stories."
In the words of sometimes-banned author Jacqueline Woodson on book-banning, as published in The Washington Post:
"As a mom, as someone who wants to protect my children in any way that I can, I can kind of get inside the heads of people who are saying 'This is not okay,' only because they're fearful ... We, as adults, are the gatekeepers ... and we have to check our own fears at the door because we want our children to be smarter than we are. We want them to be more fully human than we are."
Here are some books that have made a CLSC Young Readers list, that have also made recent lists for frequently challenged/banned books: