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Monday, September 26, 2011

Our Favorite Banned Books

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As stated by the American Library Association, "Banned Books Week (BBW) is an annual event celebrating the freedom to read and the importance of the First Amendment.  Held during the last week of September, Banned Books Week highlights the benefits of free and open access to information while drawing attention to the harms of censorship by spotlighting actual or attempted bannings of books across the United States."

Every year, the American Library Association compiles lists of books that have been challenged in schools and libraries around the country.  These days, very few are banned, but many are challenged.   In honor of Banned Book Week, we've gone through the list of 100 most commonly challenged/banned books between 2000-2010, and chosen a few of our favorites.  Needless to say, there are a lot of great books on the list!  The following titles are placed in order according to the number of challenges they've received:

Cary H.: #1  The Harry Potter series by J.K. Rowling
Pam O.: #4 And Tango Makes Three by Justin Richardson and Peter Parnell
Pam O.: #10 The Perks of Being a Wallflower by Stephen Chbosky
Judy T. and Dani G.: #14 The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn by Mark Twain
Cary H.: #17 The Color Purple by Alice Walker
Amanda E. and Evan E.: #18 Go Ask Alice by Anonymous
Mary M.: #19 Catcher in the Rye by J.D. Salinger
Katherine R., Lisa E., Judy T., Karen K., and Ike D.: #21 To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee
Joyce D. and Amanda E.: #23 The Giver by Lois Lowry
Zach H.: #36 Brave New World by Aldous Husley
Lisa E. and Sara S.: #46 Slaughterhouse-Five by Kurt Vonnegut
Katherine R., Karen K., and Zach H.: #69 Fahrenheit 451 by Ray Bradbury
Joyce D.: #71 Junie B. Jones series by Barbara Park
Alana T. : # 88 The Handmaid's Tale by Margaret Atwood
Sara S.: #90 A Wrinkle in Time by Madeline L'Engle

Visit the ALA for information about the 10 most commonly challenged books for 2010

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