Today, I kicked off Banned Books Week in my classroom by unveiling a display of frequently banned classics and telling my students about them. True to the nature of teenage rebellion, they all wanted to read every single one of them. Students who I have to constantly remind to take notes during a lesson were furiously scribbling titles and authors in their notebooks. One student asked if I knew what the most banned books this year were and, not wanting to lose momentum — or an opportunity to inspire my students to read — I grabbed my computer and did a quick search. Luckily, the American Library Association keeps track of all of the reports of banned and challenged books. What follows is a list of the top ten banned and challenged books of 2011 (the information for 2012 won’t be in until the year is over) along with the reasons why they were challenged in the first place.
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