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Banned Books That Are a Must-Read Today!

Banned books are essential reading as they address significant themes, defy traditional norms, and promote critical thinking. They offer young readers the chance to grapple with intricate issues, consider various viewpoints, and gain a more profound comprehension of their surroundings. Engaging with these books cultivates empathy, expands worldviews, and equips students for a reality filled with diverse ideas and convictions.

To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee

A gripping, heart-wrenching, and wholly remarkable tale of coming-of-age in a South poisoned by virulent prejudice, it views a world of great beauty and savage inequities through the eyes of a young girl, as her father—a crusading local lawyer—risks everything to defend a black man unjustly accused of a terrible crime. Buy Now:

Forever . . . by Judy Blume

Judy Blume’s groundbreaking novel about first relationships, first love, and... the first time—now with a stunning new look! Buy Now:

Lord of the Flies by William Golding, Jessica Hische (Artist

At the dawn of the next world war, a plane crashes on an uncharted island, stranding a group of schoolboys. At first, with no adult supervision, their freedom is something to celebrate; this far from civilization the boys can do anything they want. Anything. They attempt to forge their own society, failing, however, in the face of terror, sin and evil. Buy Now: Lord of the Flies by William Golding, Jessica Hische (Artist)

I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings by Maya Angelou

Here is a book as joyous and painful, as mysterious and memorable, as childhood itself. I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings captures the longing of lonely children, the brute insult of bigotry, and the wonder of words that can make the world right. Maya Angelou’s debut memoir is a modern American classic beloved worldwide. Buy Now:

A Day No Pigs Would Die by Robert Newton Peck, Jack Hess (Illustrator)

Robert Newton Peck weaves a story of a Vermont boyhood that is part fiction, part memoir. The result is a moving coming-of-age story that still resonates with teens today. Buy Now:

And Tango Makes Three by Justin Richardson, Peter Parnell, Henry Cole (Illustrator)

Roy and Silo were "a little bit different" from the other male penguins: instead of noticing females, they noticed each other. Thus, penguin chick Tango, hatched from a fertilized egg given to the pining, bewildered pair, came to be "the only penguin in the Central Park Zoo with two daddies." Buy Now:


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