But remember, freedom requires vigilance. There are those who would seek to limit what we can read, even here in the United States.
2. Alice series, by Phyllis Reynolds Naylor
3. The Chocolate War, by Robert Cormier
4. And Tango Makes Three, by Justin Richardson/Peter Parnell
5. Of Mice and Men, by John Steinbeck
6. I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings, by Maya Angelou
7. Scary Stories (series), by Alvin Schwartz
8. His Dark Materials (series), by Philip Pullman
9. ttyl; ttfn; l8r g8r (series), by Lauren Myracle
10. The Perks of Being a Wallflower, by Stephen Chbosky
11. Fallen Angels, by Walter Dean Myers
12. It’s Perfectly Normal, by Robie Harris
13. Captain Underpants (series), by Dav Pilkey
14. The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn, by Mark Twain
15. The Bluest Eye, by Toni Morrison
16. Forever, by Judy Blume
17. The Color Purple, by Alice Walker
18. Go Ask Alice, by Anonymous
19. Catcher in the Rye, by J.D. Salinger
20. King and King, by Linda de Haan
Our nation was founded on widespread literacy; printers up and down the Eastern Seaboard were able to share ideas and information quickly (for the era) - the 18th Century Internet, if you will. Which pieces of writing are truth, which are opinion, and which are out-and-out lies? Then and now, it's OUR responsibility as readers to decide.
- You thought 50 Shades of Grey was racy? Try Anne (Roquelaire) Rice's Sleeping Beauty trilogy, Anais Nin's Delta of Venus or Little Birds, or Marquis de Sade's Justine.
- Hitler's Mein Kampf or Mao's Little Red Book.
- You can read about the Ku Klux Klan or the Black Panthers.
- Books by Bill O'Reilly or Chris Matthews.
- Laura Ingalls Wilder or Judy Blume.
- Books that extoll or disparage organized religion of each and every denomination.
Celebrate your freedom this week, and every week.
Read a Banned Book.