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Banned or Challenged Books Kids Should Read

These top picks for children and teens for Banned Books Week – happening Sept. 30-Oct. 6, 2012 – carry lots of lessons in life and imagination

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The Harry Potter Series by J.K. Rowling

This magical seven-book children's series about the young wizard Harry Potter has made an appearance on the American Library Association's top banned and challenged books for nearly two decades, taking the No. 1 spot for 2000-2009.

Reasons it's been challenged: Anti-family, religious viewpoints, occult and violence.

Why kids should read it: The series sparks imagination, has positive messages about friendship and is about good versus evil. It also deals with everyday issues like homework, dating and bullying.

Suggested reader age group: 8-12+ years old, depending on the book. The books become more "mature" as they progress from book one (Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone) to book seven (Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows).

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