In Honor of Banned Book Week

Post navigation

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, here is the list of Top 100 Banned/Challenged Books in 2000-2007. How many have you read?

My results:
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 It’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 Doesn’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 It’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 Olive’s Ocean Kevin Henkes — No
63 One Flew Over the Cuckoo’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! Fora  Ethnic American Women Writers class and I loved it

77 Staying Fat for Sarah Byrnes Chris Crutcher — No
78 What’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? It’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 Shade’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 Won’t Judy Blume — No
94 Tiger Eyes Judy Blume — Yes
95 Like Water for Chocolate Laura Esquivel — No
96 Nathan’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!

4 thoughts on “In Honor of Banned Book Week

  1. I have read like 20 ish… I lost count. The Pilkey books (Captain Underpants and Diaper Baby) are comic bookesqe chapter books aimed at 2nd-5th graders–and yeah I have read several–but not because I wanted to.

    You never read Summer of My German Soldier? We read that in class in like 7th grade–watched the movie w/ Christy McNichol (that and Cather in the Rye and Outsiders–7th grade was busy!)

  2. I do not understand how, in this day and age, we can still be subjected to book censorship!

    Because we still have assholes with money/power/influence who insist on treating us like children, that they know what’s best for us, and they’re going to make us comply.

    I’ve read about 15.

  3. Actually, most challenges to books are initiated by parents, about 60% and most of those challenges occur in school libraries. I figured it was some crazy religious groups but really it is mom and dad. Also, if a book is challenged, it doesn’t mean it is banned.

    Some of these are head scratchers. Not sure why Dave Pilkey books are on there. And “The Lovely Bones?” Okay, besides being way too long and kinda boring, I don’t see it as a problem.

    I think my son has read more of these than I have. I skipped Judy Blume when I was in school. I went straight to Rosemary Rogers and Judith Krantz.

  4. The Junie B. Jones series is on here? Not that I’ve read them, but they seem innocuous enough. A lot of Newbery Winners here too. Most of these books are for kids/teens and were published after I was either. And with no kids, I haven’t read them. The Captain Underpants is very popular with boys. My opinion? If it gets them to read, put it out there. It’s hard to turn the average boy into a reader, so Captain Underpants would be a Godsend to most parents.

    I’m sorry to say, except for the Twain, I haven’t read any of these. I did see the movie with Kristy MacNichol of Summer of My German Soldier and loved it – see no reason why it should be challenged/banned.