Tuesday, April 20, 2010

The Most Banned

Every year the American Library Association announces the top ten titles that have had the most "formal, written complaint[s], filed with a library or school, requesting that materials be removed or restricted because of content or appropriateness.”

It should be no surprise, then, that most of these books were written for the teen audience.

The ALA’s Top Ten Most Frequently Challenged Books of 2009 reflect a range of themes, and consist of the following titles:

  1. ttyl, ttfn, l8r, g8r (series), by Lauren Myracle
    Reasons: Nudity, Sexually Explicit, Offensive Language, Unsuited to Age Group, Drugs


  2. And Tango Makes Three by Peter Parnell and Justin Richardson
    Reasons: Homosexuality


  3. The Perks of Being A Wallflower by Stephen Chbosky
    Reasons: Homosexuality, Sexually Explicit, Anti-Family, Offensive Language, Religious Viewpoint, Unsuited to Age Group, Drugs, Suicide


  4. To Kill A Mockingbird by Harper Lee
    Reasons: Racism, Offensive Language, Unsuited to Age Group


  5. Twilight (series) by Stephenie Meyer
    Reasons: Sexually Explicit, Religious Viewpoint, Unsuited to Age Group


  6. Catcher in the Rye by J.D. Salinger
    Reasons: Sexually Explicit, Offensive Language, Unsuited to Age Group


  7. My Sister's Keeper by Jodi Picoult
    Reasons: Sexism, Homosexuality, Sexually Explicit, Offensive Language, Religious Viewpoint, Unsuited to Age Group, Drugs, Suicide, Violence


  8. The Earth, My Butt, and Other Big, Round Things by Carolyn Mackler
    Reasons: Sexually Explicit, Offensive Language, Unsuited to Age Group


  9. The Color Purple by Alice Walker
    Reasons: Sexually Explicit, Offensive Language, Unsuited to Age Group


  10. The Chocolate War by Robert Cormier
    Reasons: Nudity, Sexually Explicit, Offensive Language, Unsuited to Age Group


I've read seven of these. How many have you read? What do you think?

To learn more, including the top 100 challenged books of the decade click here.

Banned Books week is September 25 - October 2, 2010. Talk to your librarian if you'd like to do something special to celebrate challenged books that week.

via Entertainment Weekly

2 comments:

Dawn said...

Wow...I just realized I've read all except the ttyl sequels!

Anne said...

I've got a bit of catching up to do...