Every year during the last week in September, the American Library Association celebrates Banned Books Week. The point of this week is to raise awareness of attempts to remove books from shelves, and to celebrate the fact that enough people realize that even though they might be personally offended by the content of certain books, free speech demands that these books remain on the shelves for people to choose to read.
When people think about banned books, they usually think of adult classics like "To Kill a Mockingbird" and "Catcher in the Rye." There are lots of children's books on the list though. Here are ten of the most banned or challenged (attempted to be banned) children's books in the last decade. You'll likely find some of your kids' favorites on this list (or some that may become their favorites!). For the full list, check out the American Library Association's list.
1. "Harry Potter" by J.K. Rowling
2. "Captain Underpants" by Dav Pilkey
3. "The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn" by Mark Twain
4. "The Giver" by Lois Lowry
5. "Bridge to Terabithia" by Katherine Paterson
6. "Blubber" by Judy Blume
7. "The Adventures of Super Diaper Baby" by Dav Pilkey
8. "The Stupids" by Harry Allard
9. "Junie B. Jones" by Barbara Park
10. "A Wrinkle in Time" by Madeline L'Engle