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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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To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee

This classic, Pulitzer Prize-winning novel is set in the 1930s and told by a child named Scout Finch, whose father is defending a black man in trial in the then-racist South. It's been listed on the ALA's top-100 banned or challenged book lists for two decades.

Reasons it's been challenged: Offensive language and racism.

Why kids should read it: This book shows the innocence of a young child who learns lessons about acceptance and tolerance. It's a good teaching tool, as kids can read it and learn about the wrongness of discrimination.

Suggested reader age group: 12+ years old. The trial in the book revolves around a rape, and offensive language is used throughout it.

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