Hooray! It's Banned Books Week 2012!
I don't know about you all, but I usually look to the list of challenged books to populate my library queue. Here's a list of the top 10 most challenged books of 2011:
1. "ttyl"; "ttfn"; "l8r, g8r" (series), by Lauren Myracle
2. "The Color of Earth" (series), by Kim Dong Hwa
3. "The Hunger Games" (trilogy), by Suzanne Collins
4. "My Mom's Having A Baby! A Kid's Month-by-Month Guide to Pregnancy," by Dori Hillestad Butler
5. "The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian," by Sherman Alexie
6. "Alice" (series), by Phyllis Reynolds Naylor
7. "Brave New World," by Aldous Huxley
8. "What My Mother Doesn't Know," by Sonya Sones
9. "Gossip Girl" (series), by Cecily Von Ziegesar
10. "To Kill a Mockingbird," by Harper Lee
Banned Books Week is a time to celebrate the freedom to read. I'm celebrating by reading "To Kill a Mockingbird" for about the billionth time. I'm also going to keep up with New Adventures of Queen Victoria, which is doing a weeklong salute to Banned Books Week. Check out the BBW YouTube channel to watch people -- including lots of celebrities and authors -- reading banned books.