The American Library Association (ALA) celebrates Banned Books Week with a week long event to celebrate our freedom to read! It’s actually the 30th anniversary of Banned Books Week, which is when the ALA releases a list of the top ten most challenged books of the previous year. The Hunger Games comes in at #3 on ALA’s list. The TTYL and The Color of Earth series takes the #1 and #2 positions.
Of course, making the challenged books list isn’t necessarily a good thing — although many authors today have embraced it as a badge of honor. Books on this list are those most frequently challenged by parents and adults around the country, who want the book banned from libraries and/or school reading lists.
Part of what Banned Books Week celebrates is the fact that, despite these challenges, we live in a country where these books do remain on the library shelves. (The fight gets murkier when it comes to schools, where parents generally have more sway, and teachers are often forced to change their reading list or offer alternatives to the children of disgruntled parents.)