I bought a sweatshirt for my husband some years ago that says, “Celebrate freedom. Read a banned book.” The shirt then goes on to list ten books that were currently banned somewhere in these United States. Here are a few examples: The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn by Mark Twain, The Catcher in the Rye by J. D. Salinger, The Grapes of Wrath by John Steinbeck, The Call of the Wild by Jack London, and Gone With the Wind by Margaret Mitchell. (For more information, see banned books online, and other sources.)

  1. Have you ever knowingly read a banned book? No
  2. Have you read any of the books I listed above? Catcher in the Rye is the only one! I have read books by those authors just not the banned ones. (In my defence they are all not really the sorts of books I like to read. I have read the authors just to fill out my knowledge of authors writing styles (handy for a librarian to know, you know!))
  3. Knowing that the above books have been banned, would you read them now? Why? Maybe Huck Finn – I know it’s a classic, the others just don’t appeal (especially gone with the wind – I hated the film – I spent most of the afternoon shouting at the TV over the stupidity of Scarlett – what a dopey dame!)