The following list is compiled partially from the Wikipedia entry on government-censored books, and partially from my own knowledge of challenges and bans that have happened here in Canada, usually in school libraries. This is not at all a comprehensive list! I just picked some of the more well-known, English-language titles. The Wikipedia list is well-worth investigating, as it includes several titles that are still banned in various places around the world, and the reasons those books have been censored. (Some of the reasons are really quite funny, if a little sad!)
What do you think? Can you see a situation where banning books might be appropriate? Who do you think should have that choice? Or do you think no one should ever ban any book anywhere? Is it important to read books that have been censored? Why? Let’s discuss! Leave us a comment after you’ve completed the poll.