Banned books in the US? There are always stories we can’t quite believe about books removed from school libraries and classrooms – and sometimes municipal libraries as well. In the past, they’ve ranged from Harry Potter to Of Mice and Men to 1984. Describe your own favorite banned or challenged book in the comments and tell us why that book matters to you. We’ll run some of these during Banned Books Week itself – from 9/24 to /10/01. Below you’ll find, first, the ten most banned or challenged classics, and then those from last year. There are more lists here. Do they include yours? Let’s get the conversation going.
|1. The Great Gatsby, by F. Scott Fitzgerald||2. The Catcher in the Rye, by J.D.|
|3. The Grapes of Wrath, by John Steinbeck||4. To Kill a Mockingbird, by Harper Lee|
|5. The Color Purple, by Alice Walker||6. Ulysses, by James Joyce|
|7. Beloved, by Toni Morrison||8. The Lord of the Flies, by William Golding|
|9. 1984, by George Orwell||10. Lolita, by Vladmir Nabokov (tied for 10)|
|11. Of Mice and Men, by John Steinbeck (tied for ten)|
Here are the Top Ten from 2010:
- And Tango Makes Three, by Peter Parnell and Justin Richardson. Reasons: homosexuality, religious viewpoint, and unsuited to age group.
- The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian, by Sherman Alexie. Reasons: offensive language, racism, sex education, sexually explicit, unsuited to age group, and violence.
- Brave New World, by Aldous Huxley. Reasons: insensitivity, offensive language, racism, and sexually explicit.
- Crank, by Ellen Hopkins. Reasons: drugs, offensive language, and sexually explicit.
- The Hunger Games, by Suzanne Collins. Reasons: sexually explicit, unsuited to age group, and violence.
- Lush, by Natasha Friend. Reasons: drugs, offensive language, sexually explicit, and unsuited to age group.
- What My Mother Doesn’t Know, by Sonya Sones. Reasons: sexism, sexually explicit, and unsuited to age group.
- Nickel and Dimed, by Barbara Ehrenreich. Reasons: drugs, inaccurate, offensive language, political viewpoint, and religious viewpoint.
- Revolutionary Voices, edited by Amy Sonnie. Reasons: homosexuality and sexually explicit.
- Twilight, by Stephenie Meyer. Reasons: religious viewpoint and violence.
Photo from the American Library Association.