September 2014

Banned Books Week
September 21-27
Celebrate the Freedom to Read
"This year we spotlight graphic novels because, despite their serious literary merit and popularity as a genre, they are often subject to censorship," said Judith Platt, chair of the Banned Books Week National Committee.

Some of our favorite books have been banned . . . .


Carol 
Cathy S 
Cathy v 

Reason: religious viewpoint


Reason: talking animals are blasphemous and unnatural; passages about the spider dying were also criticized as being "inappropriate subject matter for a children's book."


Reasons: anti-family, occult/Satanism, religious viewpoint, violence
Mary Fran 
Tasha 
Lindsay 

Reasons: racial themes, sexual content, and passages about ghosts
Reasons: drugs/alcohol/smoking, homosexuality, sexually explicit, unsuited to age group


Reasons: Profanity, derogatory towards women and African Americans, violence, absence of traditional values
Lysbeth 
Sara 
Tildy 

Reasons: irreverent tone and purportedly obscene content



Reasons: offensive language,  undermines religious beliefs, and challenges ideas of God.

Reasons: sexual innuendo, drug references, LBGTQ content, and other adult topics 
Julien 
Rebecca
 

Reasons: Homosexuality, unsuited for age group 

Reasons: offensive language, racism
 

Want to see if your favorite book has been banned or challenged? Start by visiting the Frequently Challenged Books of the 21st Century list on the American Library Association website. 

Top 10 Banned Books in 2013


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* Out of 307 challenges as reported by the Office for Intellectual Freedom     
The Golden Compass Cover Image
$7.99
ISBN: 9780440238133
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Published: Laurel Leaf Library - September 9th, 2003

Charlotte's Web Cover Image
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Published: HarperTrophy - April 10th, 2012

Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone Cover Image
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Published: Arthur A. Levine Books - September 7th, 1999

Beloved Cover Image
$16.00
ISBN: 9781400033416
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Published: Vintage - June 8th, 2004

The Perks of Being a Wallflower Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780671027346
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Published: MTV Books - February 1999

Of Mice and Men Cover Image
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Published: Penguin Books - September 1993

Slaughterhouse-Five: Or the Children's Crusade, a Duty-Dance with Death Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780440180296
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Published: Dell Publishing Company - November 3rd, 1991

A Wrinkle in Time Cover Image
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Published: Square Fish - May 1st, 2007

The Bermudez Triangle Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781595141552
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Published: Razorbill - May 17th, 2007

And Tango Makes Three Cover Image
$17.99
ISBN: 9780689878459
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Published: Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers - June 2005

To Kill a Mockingbird Cover Image
$14.99
ISBN: 9780060935467
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Published: Harper Perennial - July 5th, 2005

The Adventures of Captain Underpants Cover Image
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Published: Little Apple - September 1997

The Bluest Eye Cover Image
$14.95
ISBN: 9780307278449
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Published: Vintage Books USA - May 8th, 2007

The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian Cover Image
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Published: Little, Brown Young Readers - April 1st, 2009

Fifty Shades of Grey Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780345803481
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Published: Vintage Books - April 3rd, 2012

The Hunger Games Cover Image
$18.99
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Published: Scholastic Press - October 2008

A Bad Boy Can Be Good for a Girl Cover Image
$8.99
ISBN: 9780553495096
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Published: Wendy Lamb Books - June 12th, 2007

Looking for Alaska Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780142402511
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Published: Speak - December 28th, 2006

The Perks of Being a Wallflower Cover Image
$14.99
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Published: MTV Books - February 1999

Bless Me, Ultima Cover Image
$8.00
ISBN: 9780446600255
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Published: Warner Books (NY) - April 1994

Out from Boneville Cover Image
By Jeff Smith, Jeff Smith (Illustrator)
$12.99
ISBN: 9780439706407
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Published: Graphix - February 2005