Saturday, September 26, 2009

Banned Books Week-September 26-October 3, 2009


Banned Books Week


Celebrating the Freedom to Read

September 26–October 3, 2009

Banned Books Week: Celebrating the Freedom to Read is observed during the last week of September each year. Observed since 1982, this annual ALA event reminds Americans not to take this precious democratic freedom for granted. This year, 2009, marks BBW's 28th anniversary (September 26 through October 3).

BBW celebrates the freedom to choose or the freedom to express one's opinion even if that opinion might be considered unorthodox or unpopular and stresses the importance of ensuring the availability of those unorthodox or unpopular viewpoints to all who wish to read them. After all, intellectual freedom can exist only where these two essential conditions are met.

(All information was obtained from ala.org--If you would like further information, please visit their website)

Exercise your rights! Check out or re-read a favorite banned book. Encourage your book group to read and discuss one of the books. Give one of your favorite books as a gift.

Click here to see a book censorship map that shows documented cases of book challenges across the United States.  This map really shows that book banning is a big problem!

Here is a list of the top 100 banned/challenged books from 2000 to 2007:



Top 100 Banned/Challenged Books in 2000-2007

1 Harry Potter J.K. Rowling

2 Alice series Phyllis Reynolds Naylor

3 The Chocolate War Robert Cormier

4 Of Mice and Men John Steinbeck

5 I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings Maya Angelou

6 Scary Stories Alvin Schwartz

7 Fallen Angels Walter Dean Myers

8 It's Perfectly Normal Robie Harris

9 And Tango Makes Three Justin Richardson/Peter Parnell

10 Captain Underpants Dav Pilkey

11 The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn Mark Twain

12 The Bluest Eye Toni Morrison

13 Forever Judy Blume

14 The Color Purple Alice Walker

15 The Perks of Being A Wallflower Stephen Chbosky

16 Killing Mr. Griffin Lois Duncan

17 Go Ask Alice Anonymous

18 King and King Linda de Haan

19 Catcher in the Rye J.D. Salinger

20 Bridge to Terabithia Katherine Paterson

21 The Giver Lois Lowry

22 We All Fall Down Robert Cormier

23 To Kill A Mockingbird Harper Lee..

24 Beloved Toni Morrison

25 The Face on the Milk Carton Caroline Cooney

26 Snow Falling on Cedars David Guterson

27 My Brother Sam Is Dead James Lincoln Collier

28 In the Night Kitchen Maurice Sendak

29 His Dark Materials series Philip Pullman

30 Gossip Girl series Cecily von Ziegesar

31 What My Mother Doesn't Know Sonya Sones

32 Angus, Thongs, and Full Frontal Snogging Louise Rennison

33 It's So Amazing Robie Harris

34 Arming America Michael Bellasiles

35 Kaffir Boy Mark Mathabane

36 Blubber Judy Blume

37 Brave New World Aldous Huxley

38 Athletic Shorts Chris Crutcher

39 Bless Me, Ultima Rudolfo Anaya

40 Life is Funny E.R. Frank

41 Daughters of Eve Lois Duncan

42 Crazy Lady Jane Leslie Conly

43 The Great Gilly Hopkins Katherine Paterson

44 You Hear Me Betsy Franco

45 Slaughterhouse Five Kurt Vonnegut

46 Whale Talk Chris Crutcher

47 The Adventures of Super Diaper Baby Dav Pilkey

48 The Facts Speak for Themselves Brock Cole

49 The Terrorist Caroline Cooney

50 Mick Harte Was Here Barbara Park

51 Summer of My German Soldier Bette Green

52 The Upstairs Room Johanna Reiss

53 When Dad Killed Mom Julius Lester

54 Blood and Chocolate Annette Curtis Klause

55 The Fighting Ground Avi

56 The Things They Carried Tim O'Brien

57 Roll of Thunder, Hear My Cry Mildred Taylor

58 Fat Kid Rules the World K.L. Going

59 The Earth, My Butt, and Other Big, Round Things Carolyn Mackler

60 A Time To Kill John Grisham

61 Rainbow Boys Alex Sanchez

62 Olive's Ocean Kevin Henkes

63 One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest Ken Kesey

64 A Day No Pigs Would Die Robert Newton Peck

65 Speak Laurie Halse Anderson

66 Always Running Luis Rodriguez

67 Black Boy Richard Wright

68 Julie of the Wolves Jean Craighead George

69 Deal With It! Esther Drill

70 Detour for Emmy Marilyn Reynolds

71 Draw Me A Star Eric Carle

72 Fahrenheit 451 Ray Bradbury

73 Harris and Me Gary Paulsen

74 Junie B. Jones series Barbara Park

75 So Far From the Bamboo Grove Yoko Watkins

76 Song of Solomon Toni Morrison

77 Staying Fat for Sarah Byrnes Chris Crutcher

78 What's Happening to My Body Book Lynda Madaras

79 The Boy Who Lost His Face Louis Sachar

80 The Lovely Bones Alice Sebold

81 Anastasia Again! Lois Lowry

82 Are You There God? It's Me, Margaret Judy Blume

83 Bumps In the Night Harry Allard

84 Goosebumps series R.L. Stine

85 Shade's Children Garth Nix

86 Cut Patricia McCormick

87 Grendel John Gardner

88 The House of Spirits Isabel Allende

89 I Saw Esau Iona Opte

90 Ironman Chris Crutcher

91 The Stupids series Harry Allard

92 Taming the Star Runner S.E. Hinton

93 Then Again, Maybe I Won't Judy Blume

94 Tiger Eyes Judy Blume

95 Like Water for Chocolate Laura Esquivel

96 Nathan's Run John Gilstrap

97 Pinkerton, Behave! Steven Kellog

98 Freaky Friday Mary Rodgers

99 Halloween ABC Eve Merriam

100 Heather Has Two Mommies Leslea Newman

Out of 3,869 challenges reported to or recorded by the Office for Intellectual Freedom, as compiled by the Office for Intellectual Freedom, American Library Association. The ALA Office for Intellectual Freedom does not claim comprehensiveness in recording challenges. Research suggests that for each challenge reported there are as many as four or five which go unreported.

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Happy (banned) Reading!


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