In honor of Banned Book Week, let’s all read a book on the list! Thank you to Allison of No Time for Flashcards for this link!
Most Frequently Challenged Books of 2011-2012
Information on why the book is banned or challenged excerpted from The Daily Beast.
The first book in the series, “TTYL,” was banned from a town in Texas in 2008, after parents complained about the sex and profanity in the book. But author Lauren Myracle seems unfazed by the controversy. “My favorite comments come from girls who say, ‘I feel like you’ve given me a self-help book because my parents won’t talk about this.’ When I was a kid, I read Judy Blume to figure out what a hard-on was and what to do when you got your period, so when people say to me, ‘You’re this generation’s Judy Blume,’ I am wildly honored by that,” she says.
2. The Color Of Earth series by Kim dong Hwa
“The Color Trilogy” is a series of graphic novels about a girl growing up, and many people were troubled by the highly visual depictions of nudity and sex education.
3. The Hunger Games series by Suzanne Collins
Complaints about the book were harsh, including that it is anti-ethnic, anti-family, satanic, and violent.
4. My Mom’s Having A Baby! : A Kid’s Month-by-Month Guide to Pregnancy (Concept Book) by Dori Hillestad Butler
It’s designed for children whose mothers become pregnant again. But it seems some parents thought it was a bit too graphic.
5. The Absolutely True Diary Of A Part-Time Indian by Sherman Alexie
It is included on the list and made it again this year largely because of racism and offensive language. Alexie rebuts, “I have yet to receive a letter from a child somehow debilitated by the domestic violence, drug abuse, racism, poverty, sexuality, and murder contained in my book.”
6. The Alice series by Phyllis Reynolds Naylor
This makes the list for nudity and profanity.
7. Brave New World by Aldous Huxley
At one point it was outlawed for making promiscuous sex “look like fun.” Sex played a role this year as well, but complaints also included insensitivity, nudity, and racism.
9. What My Mother Doesn’t Know by Sonya Sones
One poem in the book, “Ice Capades,” seemed to draw ire and criticism from all around. It describes a young girl who holds her bare chest against a cold windowpane to see an “amazing trick.” One angry parent complained to Sones, “Our young people should not have to be exposed to your erotic thoughts and feelings.”
10. Gossip Girls series by Cecily Von Ziegesar
The complaint is its depiction of sex, drugs, and strong language. The author rebuts: “I always resented books that tried to teach a lesson, where the characters are too good: They don’t swear, they tell their mothers everything. I mean, of course I want to be the responsible mother who says, ‘Oh, there are terrible repercussions if you have sex, do drugs, and have an eating disorder!’ But the truth is, my friends and I dabbled in all of those things. And we all went to good colleges and grew up fine. And that’s the honest thing to say.”
11. To Kill A Mockingbird by Harper Lee
Harper Lee’s 1960 classic, To Kill a Mockingbird, is a frequent target for censors because of its strong language and racism. One ALA officialonce said of the book’s banning, “To say to young people, even to older people, that you can’t read these materials [is] a travesty because they’re missing out on some of the finest literature written in the U.S.”
Not to mention is it frequently assigned reading in high school!
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