During Banned Books Week (September 26th to October 2nd), we’re joining the rest of the literary community to celebrate freedom of speech and to stand up for the right to hear powerful stories. The titles below are the audio editions of the most frequently challenged or banned books, and also some of the most highly acclaimed. Proudly declare that you listen to banned books!
Harry Potter has no idea how famous he is. That’s because he’s being raised by his miserable aunt and uncle who are terrified Harry will learn that he’s really a wizard, just as his parents were. But everything changes when Harry is summoned to attend an infamous school for wizards in the iconic Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone.
Jazz Jennings is one of the youngest and most prominent voices in the national discussion about gender identity. At the age of five, Jazz transitioned to life as a girl, with the support of her parents. In her remarkable memoir Being Jazz, Jazz reflects on these very public experiences and how they have helped shape the mainstream attitude toward the transgender community.
In Of Mice & Men, George and his friend Lenny dream, as drifters will, of a place to call their own: a couple of acres and a few pigs, chickens, and rabbits back in Hill Country where land is cheap. But after they come to work on a ranch in the fertile Salinas Valley of California, their hopes begin to go awry.
Blubber is a good name for her, the note from Wendy says about Linda. Jill crumples it up and leaves it on the corner of her desk. But Robby grabs the note, and it makes its way around the classroom. There’s something about Linda that makes a lot of kids in her fifth-grade class want to see how far they can go — but nobody, least of all Jill, expects the fun to end where it does.
Melinda Sordino knows she’s an outcast. She retreats into her head. But it’s not so comfortable in her head, either; there’s something banging around in there that she doesn’t want to think about. Try as she might to avoid it, it won’t go away, until there is a painful confrontation. Once that happens, she can’t be silent â€” she must Speak.