Check out ALA’s list of the top 100 Banned Books spanning 2000-2009; you might be surprised at what you find. Harry Potter tops the list, and there are some books by Judy Blume, and of course Speak by Laurie Halse Anderson, and some books with lesbian/gay content, such as Speak; The Perks of Being a Wallflower, and more. But–Bridge to Terabithia by Katherine Paterson? Really? A book that has so much depth and pain and is so beautifully written? The Great Gilly Hopkins by Katherine Paterson–one of my all-time favorite books as a child and teen? Blood and Chocolate by Annette Curtis Klause? Fat Kid Rules the World by K.L. Going? A Wrinkle in Time by Madeline L’Engle? I’m just shocked by these choices.
I don’t think any book should ever be banned–and especially not this list of YA and children’s books, all 100 of them! I don’t understand how anyone thinks that they can keep books that can offer such healing from others. Books that can open up worlds, encourage healing and safety, and help readers find their way in the world.