The Tale of the Banned Books

September 27, 2012

Banned Books Week has been observed since 1982. The purpose of this week is to celebrate the freedom to read any and all books. This year we will be observing the 30th Banned Books Week from September 30th-October 6th.

Reprinted by permission of the American Library Association.

Each year people challenge books because of their content. Sometimes they are justified, sometimes they are not. For instance, once Brown Bear, Brown Bear was banned in Texas because of the author's name.

The most challenged books of 2011 were...
10. To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee
9. Gossip Girl (Series) by Cecily Von Zieger
8. What My Mother Doesn't Know by Sonya Sones
7. Brave New World by Aldous Huxley
6. Alice (Series) by Phyllis Reynolds Naylor
5. The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian by Sherman Alexie
4. My Mom's Having A Baby! A Kid's Month-by-Month Guide to Pregnancy by Dori Hillestad Butler
3. The Hunger Games (Trilogy) by Suzanne Collins
2. The Color of Earth (Series) by Kim Dong Hwa
1. ttyl; ttfn, l8r; g8r (Series) by Lauren Myracle

Books are challenged for various reasons. Some of these books were challenged for drugs, offensive language, racism, insensitivity, and religious viewpoints.

To see a list of banned or challenged classics with reasons click here.

Sometimes even picture books get challenged, such as:
A Light in the Attic by Shel Silverstien
The Lorax by Dr. Seuss
The Giving Tree by Shel Silverstien
Where's Waldo by Martin Handford
Little Red Riding Hood
Sleepy Beauty

What's your favorite "banned" book?

In honor of Banned Books Week, we are hosting a Celebrating Literacy Giveaway! The giveaway will begin on September 30th and will run through October 6th. Check back with us next week to win some great literacy resources!

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  1. Omg, I love Brave New World and The Hunger Games!

    1. Both are awesome! There are so many great books that have been challenged over the years.


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