I’m stealing this Meme from Linda Winfree. Feel free to play along!
From the LA Times: Today’s the start of Banned Books Week, an event founded by the American Library Assn. back in 1982 and observed — and argued about — ever since.
Banned Books Week, September 27 – October 4, 2008
From ala.org, here is the list of Top 100 Banned/Challenged Books in 2000-2007. How many have you read?
1 Harry Potter J.K. Rowling — No (but Kevin has)
2 Alice series Phyllis Reynolds Naylor — No
3 The Chocolate War Robert Cormier — No
4 Of Mice and Men John Steinbeck — Yes (in HS required reading. Definitely not a fave)
5 I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings Maya Angelou — Yes (In college and then I got to hear her speak!)
6 Scary Stories Alvin Schwartz — No
7 Fallen Angels Walter Dean Myers — No but Elvis has read some of his stuff and loves him.
8 Itâ€™s Perfectly Normal Robie Harris — No
9 And Tango Makes Three Justin Richardson/Peter Parnell — No
10 Captain Underpants Dav Pilkey — No and WTF?
11 The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn Mark Twain — Yes
12 The Bluest Eye Toni Morrison — Yes
13 Forever Judy Blume — No–wait, I can’t remember.
14 The Color Purple Alice Walker — No (shocked gasp–sorry Charli)
15 The Perks of Being A Wallflower Stephen Chbosky — No
16 Killing Mr. Griffin Lois Duncan — No
17 Go Ask Alice Anonymous — No
18 King and King Linda de Haan — No
19 Catcher in the Rye J.D. Salinger — No
20 Bridge to Terabithia Katherine Paterson — No but I saw the movie and hated it.
21 The Giver Lois Lowry — No
22 We All Fall Down Robert Cormier — No
23 To Kill A Mockingbird Harper Lee` — Yes. And I want to read it with the kid this fall.
24 Beloved Toni Morrison — Yes
25 The Face on the Milk Carton Caroline Cooney — No
26 Snow Falling on Cedars David Guterson — No
27 My Brother Sam Is Dead James Lincoln Collier — Yes
28 In the Night Kitchen Maurice Sendak — No
29 His Dark Materials series Philip Pullman — No
30 Gossip Girl series Cecily von Ziegesar — No
31 What My Mother Doesnâ€™t Know Sonya Sones — No
32 Angus, Thongs, and Full Frontal Snogging Louise Rennison — No (but I’m so picking it up, just because of the title–I’m with Linda on this one)
33 Itâ€™s So Amazing Robie Harris — No
34 Arming America Michael Bellasiles — No (but it sounds cool–again with Linda)
35 Kaffir Boy Mark Mathabane — Don’t think so but title is very familiar.
36 Blubber Judy Blume — Yes
37 Brave New World Aldous Huxley — No
38 Athletic Shorts Chris Crutcher — No
39 Bless Me, Ultima Rudolfo Anaya — No
40 Life is Funny E.R. Frank — No
41 Daughters of Eve Lois Duncan — No
42 Crazy Lady Jane Leslie Conly — No
43 The Great Gilly Hopkins Katherine Paterson — No
44 You Hear Me Betsy Franco — No
45 Slaughterhouse Five Kurt Vonnegut — Yes
46 Whale Talk Chris Crutcher — No
47 The Adventures of Super Diaper Baby Dav Pilkey — No (I have no clue what this is about but from teh title I’m going WTF?
48 The Facts Speak for Themselves Brock Cole — No
49 The Terrorist Caroline Cooney — No
50 Mick Harte Was Here Barbara Park — No
51 Summer of My German Soldier Bette Green — No
52 The Upstairs Room Johanna Reiss — No
53 When Dad Killed Mom Julius Lester — No
54 Blood and Chocolate Annette Curtis Klause — No but I want to
55 The Fighting Ground Avi — Yes
56 The Things They Carried Tim O’Brien — No
57 Roll of Thunder, Hear My Cry Mildred Taylor — Yes
58 Fat Kid Rules the World K.L. Going — No
59 The Earth, My Butt, and Other Big, Round Things Carolyn Mackler — No
60 A Time To Kill John Grisham — Yes
61 Rainbow Boys Alex Sanchez — No
62 Oliveâ€™s Ocean Kevin Henkes — No
63 One Flew Over the Cuckooâ€™s Nest Ken Kesey — No
64 A Day No Pigs Would Die Robert Newton Peck — Yes–I think. Hey I’m 39. I’ve read a lot of books1
65 Speak Laurie Halse Anderson — Yes
66 Always Running Luis Rodriguez — No
67 Black Boy Richard Wright — No
68 Julie of the Wolves Jean Craighead George — No
69 Deal With It! Esther Drill — No
70 Detour for Emmy Marilyn Reynolds — No
71 Draw Me A Star Eric Carle — No
72 Fahrenheit 451 Ray Bradbury — No but it’s sitting in my TBR pile to read with the boy
73 Harris and Me Gary Paulsen — No
74 Junie B. Jones series Barbara Park — Yes
75 So Far From the Bamboo Grove Yoko Watkins — No
76 Song of Solomon Toni Morrison — Yes! ForaÂ Ethnic American Women Writers class and I loved it
77 Staying Fat for Sarah Byrnes Chris Crutcher — No
78 Whatâ€™s Happening to My Body Book Lynda Madaras — No
79 The Boy Who Lost His Face Louis Sachar — No
80 The Lovely Bones Alice Sebold — No, but I bought it. Does that count?
81 Anastasia Again! Lois Lowry — No
82 Are You There God? Itâ€™s Me, Margaret Judy Blume — Yes (can you believe my mother read it before she’d allow me to? This from a woman who let me read VC Andrews!)
83 Bumps In the Night Harry Allard — No
84 Goosebumps series R.L. Stine — No but the kids have
85 Shadeâ€™s Children Garth Nix — No
86 Cut Patricia McCormick — No
87 Grendel John Gardner — Yes
88 The House of Spirits Isabel Allende — No
89 I Saw Esau Iona Opte — No
90 Ironman Chris Crutcher — No–but it sounds good!
91 The Stupids series Harry Allard — No
92 Taming the Star Runner S.E. Hinton — No
93 Then Again, Maybe I Wonâ€™t Judy Blume — No
94 Tiger Eyes Judy Blume — Yes
95 Like Water for Chocolate Laura Esquivel — No
96 Nathanâ€™s Run John Gilstrap — No
97 Pinkerton, Behave! Steven Kellog — No
98 Freaky Friday Mary Rodgers — Yes
99 Halloween ABC Eve Merriam — No
100 Heather Has Two Mommies Leslea Newman — No
I do not understand how, in this day and age, we can still be subjected to book censorship!