Monthly Archives: September 2012

Do You Read Banned Books? Banned Books Week – Sept. 30-Oct. 6, 2012


Celebrate your freedom to read by checking out books that have been “challenged” by library users across the country. Here’s a list of the banned or challenged books from the Top 100 Novels of the 20th Century. The list includes reasons why these classics have been deemed by some to be inappropriate.



The 10 most challenged books of 2011 are as follows:

  1. ttyl; ttfn; l8r, g8r (series), by Lauren Myracle 
    Reasons: offensive language; religious viewpoint; sexually explicit; unsuited to age group
  2. The Color of Earth (series), by Kim Dong Hwa
    Reasons: nudity; sex education; sexually explicit; unsuited to age group
  3. The Hunger Games trilogy, by Suzanne Collins
    Reasons: anti-ethnic; anti-family; insensitivity; offensive language; occult/satanic; violence
  4. My Mom’s Having A Baby! A Kid’s Month-by-Month Guide to Pregnancy, by Dori Hillestad Butler
    Reasons: nudity; sex education; sexually explicit; unsuited to age group
  5. The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian, by Sherman Alexie
    Reasons: offensive language; racism; religious viewpoint; sexually explicit; unsuited to age group
  6. Alice (series), by Phyllis Reynolds Naylor
    Reasons: nudity; offensive language; religious viewpoint
  7. Brave New World, by Aldous Huxley
    Reasons: insensitivity; nudity; racism; religious viewpoint; sexually explicit
  8. What My Mother Doesn’t Know, by Sonya Sones
    Reasons: nudity; offensive language; sexually explicit
  9. Gossip Girl (series), by Cecily Von Ziegesar
    Reasons: drugs; offensive language; sexually explicit
  10. To Kill a Mockingbird, by Harper Lee
    Reasons: offensive language; racism


Have you read any of these books? Do you think that some books should be removed from a public library?

Staff Picks!

Katie’s Picks:

Beverly Cleary’s books

Go Ask Alice by Anonymous

Gossip Girl by Cecily Von Ziegesar

The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins

Judy Blume’s books

Junie B. Jones by Barbara Park

The Outsiders by S. E. Hinton

The Perks of Being a Wallflower by Stephen Chbosky

Spiderwick Chronicles by Tony DiTerlizzi and Holly Black

Stargirl by Jerry Spinelli

Morgan’s Picks: 

Angel series by Lee Weatherly

Cassandra Clare books

Drake Chronicles by Alyxandra Harvey

The Healing Wars by Janice Hardy

House of Night by P.C. and Kristin Cast

L.J. Smith’s books

The Lost Years of Merlin by T.A. Barron

Princess Furball by Charlotte Huck

Rick Riordan’s books

Secrets of the Immortal Nicholas Flamel by Michael Scott

Liz’s Picks:

Coraline by Neil Gaiman

The Evolution of Calpurnia Tate by Jacqueline Kelly

Harry Potter by J.K. Rowling

The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins

Lord of the Flies by William Golding

Matilda by Roald Dahl

The Giver by Lois Lowry

The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy by Douglas Adams

A Series of Unfortunate Events by Lemony Snicket

Twilight by Stephenie Meyer

Amber’s Picks:

The Adventures of Cow by Lori Korchek

Amber Brown series by Paula Danziger

Avalon High by Meg Cabot

Captain Underpants by Dav Pilkey

The Crucible by Arthur Miller

Divergent by Veronica Roth

Everlost by Neal Shusterman

The Forest of Hands and Teeth by Carrie Ryan

The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins

The Importance of Being Earnest by Oscar Wilde