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.
The American Library Association (ALA) has issued its 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.
Banned and Challenged Books for Kids
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
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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