Did you know that The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn is a banned book in many communities? Today, Highland Park High School students in Teresa Walton’s AP language and composition class read the book publically on the steps of the school as part of National Banned Book Week. Walton says the students heard about a Chicago school where each year, a different banned book is read aloud. “The kids thought it was a really cool way to bring attention to the fact that there are banned books, said Walton.
Other HPHS students sat on benches near the schools entrance as students took turns reading parts of the popular book. This year, Huckleberry Finn is required reading for all juniors in Topeka Public Schools. Walton hopes to do this again next year, but with a different banned book. She says the most popular banned books in America today are the Harry Potter books.