This Sunday is the first day of Banned Books week, a national effort to celebrate the freedom to read.
Many books that were banned years ago have helped shape the country and its opinions on censorship. A handful of the famously banned books have made their way into many high school English classes.
Some of the most famous books that were banned at one time include: “The Jungle” by Upton Sinclair, “Bury My Heart at Wounded Knee” by Dee Brown, “The Catcher in the Rye” by J.D. Salinger and even “Where the Wild Things Are” by Maurice Sendak.
The Kirkendall Library in Ankeny is one of many across the country celebrating the week by encouraging readers to come by and check out one of the formerly banned books.
The Library of Congress in Washington D.C. created an exhibit called Books that Shaped America. The exhibit explores America’s history of banning books and how it changed us as a society.
The national Banned Books week starts September 22 and goes through the 28.
You can find a list of some of the more famous banned books here.