Happy Banned Book Week!

Read a banned book!

Here’s a thingy I picked up from Amythyst’s Shiny Pebbles (she a fellow librivoxer and admin). It’s a list of the 100 most frequently challenged books in the US, 1990-2000, according to the American Library Association – that is, books that people have wanted to ban. Bold the ones you’ve read.

1. Scary Stories (Series) by Alvin Schwartz
2. Daddy’s Roommate by Michael Willhoite
3. I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings by Maya Angelou
4. The Chocolate War by Robert Cormier
5. The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn by Mark Twain
6. Of Mice and Men by John Steinbeck
7. Harry Potter (Series) by J.K. Rowling
8. Forever by Judy Blume
9. Bridge to Terabithia by Katherine Paterson
10. Alice (Series) by Phyllis Reynolds Naylor
11. Heather Has Two Mommies by Leslea Newman
12. My Brother Sam is Dead by James Lincoln Collier and Christopher Collier
13. The Catcher in the Rye by J.D. Salinger
14. The Giver by Lois Lowry
15. It’s Perfectly Normal by Robie Harris
16. Goosebumps (Series) by R.L. Stine (at least, some of them)
17. A Day No Pigs Would Die by Robert Newton Peck
18. The Color Purple by Alice Walker
19. Sex by Madonna
20. Earth’s Children (Series) by Jean M. Auel(I think… Was that Clan of the Cave Bear? Ghastly thing…)
21. The Great Gilly Hopkins by Katherine Paterson
22. A Wrinkle in Time by Madeleine L’Engle
23. Go Ask Alice by Anonymous
24. Fallen Angels by Walter Dean Myers
25. In the Night Kitchen by Maurice Sendak
26. The Stupids (Series) by Harry Allard
27. The Witches by Roald Dahl
28. The New Joy of Gay Sex by Charles Silverstein
29. Anastasia Krupnik (Series) by Lois Lowry
30. The Goats by Brock Cole
31. Kaffir Boy by Mark Mathabane
32. Blubber by Judy Blume
33. Killing Mr. Griffin by Lois Duncan
34. Halloween ABC by Eve Merriam
35. We All Fall Down by Robert Cormier
36. Final Exit by Derek Humphry
37. The Handmaid’s Tale by Margaret Atwood(didn’t finish, hated it, but still :)
38. Julie of the Wolves by Jean Craighead George
39. The Bluest Eye by Toni Morrison
40. What’s Happening to my Body? Book for Girls: A Growing-Up Guide for Parents & Daughters by Lynda Madaras
41. To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee
42. Beloved by Toni Morrison
43. The Outsiders by S.E. Hinton
44. The Pigman by Paul Zindel
45. Bumps in the Night by Harry Allard
46. Deenie by Judy Blume
47. Flowers for Algernon by Daniel Keyes
48. Annie on my Mind by Nancy Garden
49. The Boy Who Lost His Face by Louis Sachar
50. Cross Your Fingers, Spit in Your Hat by Alvin Schwartz
51. A Light in the Attic by Shel Silverstein
52. Brave New World by Aldous Huxley
53. Sleeping Beauty Trilogy by A.N. Roquelaure (Anne Rice)
54. Asking About Sex and Growing Up by Joanna Cole
55. Cujo by Stephen King
56. James and the Giant Peach by Roald Dahl
57. The Anarchist Cookbook by William Powell
58. Boys and Sex by Wardell Pomeroy
59. Ordinary People by Judith Guest
60. American Psycho by Bret Easton Ellis
61. What’s Happening to my Body? Book for Boys: A Growing-Up Guide for Parents & Sons by Lynda Madaras
62. Are You There, God? It’s Me, Margaret by Judy Blume
63. Crazy Lady by Jane Conly
64. Athletic Shorts by Chris Crutcher
65. Fade by Robert Cormier
66. Guess What? by Mem Fox
67. The House of Spirits by Isabel Allende
68. The Face on the Milk Carton by Caroline Cooney
69. Slaughterhouse-Five by Kurt Vonnegut
70. Lord of the Flies by William Golding
71. Native Son by Richard Wright
72. Women on Top: How Real Life Has Changed Women’s Fantasies by Nancy Friday
73. Curses, Hexes and Spells by Daniel Cohen
74. Jack by A.M. Homes
75. Bless Me, Ultima by Rudolfo A. Anaya
76. Where Did I Come From? by Peter Mayle
77. Carrie by Stephen King
78. Tiger Eyes by Judy Blume
79. On My Honor by Marion Dane Bauer
80. Arizona Kid by Ron Koertge
81. Family Secrets by Norma Klein
82. Mommy Laid An Egg by Babette Cole
83. The Dead Zone by Stephen King
84. The Adventures of Tom Sawyer by Mark Twain
85. Song of Solomon by Toni Morrison
86. Always Running by Luis Rodriguez
87. Private Parts by Howard Stern
88. Where’s Waldo? by Martin Hanford
89. Summer of My German Soldier by Bette Greene
90. Little Black Sambo by Helen Bannerman
91. Pillars of the Earth by Ken Follett
92. Running Loose by Chris Crutcher
93. Sex Education by Jenny Davis
94. The Drowning of Stephen Jones by Bette Greene
95. Girls and Sex by Wardell Pomeroy
96. How to Eat Fried Worms by Thomas Rockwell
97. View from the Cherry Tree by Willo Davis Roberts
98. The Headless Cupid by Zilpha Keatley Snyder
99. The Terrorist by Caroline Cooney
100. Jump Ship to Freedom by James Lincoln Collier and Christopher Collier

That’s 26 for me. Which ones have you read?

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7 Responses to “Happy Banned Book Week!”

  1. Chloe

    I’ve read 21, and several for school.

    4. The Chocolate War by Robert Cormier
    5. The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn by Mark Twain
    6. Of Mice and Men by John Steinbeck
    7. Harry Potter (Series) by J.K. Rowling (a couple)
    9. Bridge to Terabithia by Katherine Paterson
    13. The Catcher in the Rye by J.D. Salinger
    14. The Giver by Lois Lowry
    22. A Wrinkle in Time by Madeleine L’Engle
    25. In the Night Kitchen by Maurice Sendak
    26. The Stupids (Series) by Harry Allard
    27. The Witches by Roald Dahl
    32. Blubber by Judy Blume
    40. What’s Happening to my Body? Book for Girls: A Growing-Up Guide for Parents & Daughters by Lynda Madaras
    43. The Outsiders by S.E. Hinton
    47. Flowers for Algernon by Daniel Keyes
    51. A Light in the Attic by Shel Silverstein
    56. James and the Giant Peach by Roald Dahl
    68. The Face on the Milk Carton by Caroline Cooney
    70. Lord of the Flies by William Golding
    88. Where’s Waldo? by Martin Hanford
    96. How to Eat Fried Worms by Thomas Rockwell

  2. Chris Hughes

    5. The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn by Mark Twain
    6. Of Mice and Men by John Steinbeck
    13. The Catcher in the Rye by J.D. Salinger
    19. Sex by Madonna
    27. The Witches by Roald Dahl
    37. The Handmaid’s Tale by Margaret Atwood(didn’t finish, hated it, but still :)
    41. To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee
    43. The Outsiders by S.E. Hinton
    44. The Pigman by Paul Zindel
    47. Flowers for Algernon by Daniel Keyes
    52. Brave New World by Aldous Huxley
    56. James and the Giant Peach by Roald Dahl
    60. American Psycho by Bret Easton Ellis
    70. Lord of the Flies by William Golding
    72. Women on Top: How Real Life Has Changed Women’s Fantasies by Nancy Friday
    82. Mommy Laid An Egg by Babette Cole
    84. The Adventures of Tom Sawyer by Mark Twain
    88. Where’s Waldo? by Martin Hanford

    17 for me. Why Roald Dahl, but no De Sade?

  3. Kathy

    Little Black Sambo was one of my favorites as a child of 5 or so! [bag over head] Those tigers going in circles, turning to butter, fascinated me.

    I read several of those for school.

  4. kara

    Mom used to read Little Black Sambo to me out of one of her childhood books! I loved it so much and had no idea there was anything offensive about it. Hmm… I think that needs recording for LibriVox!

    Luckily, there’s a new version I bought for Henry, beautifully illustrated, with Indian characters who have Indian-sounding names (Little Babaji, Mamaji, Papaji) so modern kids can still hear about the tigers turning into butter :)

  5. Gina

    That was cool! I’ve read some of those, and will have to put it in my LJ. Email me or message me on AIM, at some point, Kara, we haven’t talked in ages. :)

  6. Sabrina Weissler

    Your readers might be interested in an audio interview we just did this last week with Jean Craighead George. (Julie of the Wolves). She is an excellent writer and we were fortunate to land the interview. It is at http://childrensbookradio.com

  7. shyeedaholland

    hmmm well ive read 17 and im on my 18th Kaffir Boy for my high school reading project, i especially liked the giver but my favorite was the outsiders….something about that book facinated me and mADE ME READ IT TIME AND TIME AGAIN I READ IT WHEN I WAS FIRST IN 5H GRADE AND IVE BEEN IN LOVE WITH I SCINCE :)


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