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Top 10: Challenged or Banned Books

Banned and Challenged Books for Kids

I am personally shocked to discover that To Kill a Mockingbird, The Color Purple and The Catcher in the Rye are still being challenged!  These are classics people!  This is Banned and Challenged Book week so be sure to make sure these and others are in your public library or ask why!  Thank you to BookFinder.com for her post.  There are also great summaries of each book by BookFinder if you click on the link.

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The American Library Association (ALA) has issued their annual list of the 10 most frequently challenged books from US libraries.  There’s a number of the usual suspects on the list, and while I’m still flabbergasted that there are people out there who are so concerned about the content in these books that they are requesting that they be removed from libraries (To Kill a Mockingbird? Really?) I do take some comfort in the fact that these books are still readily available for those who want them.

1. The TTYL series by Lauren Myracle for Nudity, sexually explicit, drugs, offensive language,and being unsuited to the age group.


2. And Tango Makes Three by Peter Parnell and Justin Richardson for homosexuality.


3. The Perks of Being A Wallflower by Stephen Chbosky for homosexuality, sexually explicit content, anti-family, offensive language, religious viewpoints, being unsuited to age group, drugs, suicide.


4. To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee for racism, offensive language, and being unsuited to age group.


5. Twilight (series) by Stephenie Meyer for sexually explicit scenes, religious viewpoints, and being unsuited to age group.


6. The Catcher in the Rye by JD Salinger for sexually explicit scenes, offensive language, and being unsuited to age group


7. My Sister’s Keeper by Jodi Picoult for sexism, homosexuality, being sexually explicit, having offensive language, religious viewpoints, drugs, suicide, violence, and being unsuited to age group.


8. The Earth, My Butt, and Other Big, Round Things by Carolyn Mackler for being Sexually explicit, having offensive language,and being unsuited to age group.


9. The Color Purple by Alice Walker for being Sexually explicit, having offensive language,and being unsuited to age group.


10. The Chocolate War by Robert Cormier for nudity, being Sexually explicit, having offensive language,and being unsuited to age group.

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By Mia Wenjen, PragmaticMom

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