Since the 1980s, the National Library Association has been celebrating the freedom to read with Banned Books Week, highlighting current and historical attempts to censor books in libraries and schools.

Over the years, many books have been challenged or banned from libraries and schools for a variety of reasons, some as seemingly innocent as featuring talking animals, like Charlotte’s Web. Others, such as the Harry Potter series, Of Mice and Men and To Kill A Mockingbird, find themselves on the Top Ten Banned Books list year after year.

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