Banned Books Week

Anacostia Library

Banned Books Week

Sept. 22-28, 2013

FREADOM - celebrate the freedom to read

Persepolis by Marjane Satrapi
Scary Stories
Prep by Curtis Sittenfeld
Captain Underpants
Banned Books Week, when libraries, bookstores, and schools all over the country celebrate controversial literature, is Sept. 22-28. I'm always surprised to see the annual list of books that are challenged because it often contains many books I love.

This year's list includes Prep by Curtis Sittenfeld, which I loved when I read in high school, and Persepolis by Marjane Satrapi, a particularly amusing book to ban, given that it details living in an oppressive Iranian regime that censors pretty much everything.

The Top Ten Most Challenged list surprises me too, because of the inclusion of books like Captain Underpants by Dav Pilkey, which I find harmless, if gross (so perfectly in line with the taste of elementary-school aged boys) and Scary Stories by Alvin Schwartz, which I didn't find scary even as a child.

Want to find out what the fuss is all about? Come to the library, check out a banned book, and celebrate the right to read!
-- Ms. Sho, Children's Librarian