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Top 10 Most Banned Books from Last Year

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6. “The Kite Runner,” by Khaled Hosseini.
Reasons: Homosexuality, offensive language, religious viewpoint, sexually explicit

Published only a few years after 9/11, Khaled Hosseini’s “The Kite Runner” is a story America needed to hear — a story of an Afghanistan that wasn’t always war torn and full of violence. Hosseini’s characters weave an epic tale of childhood, growth, home, and abuse. At times heartwarming, at others heartbreaking, this book became an instant classic and is taught in high schools all around the country.

5. “And Tango Makes Three,” by Peter Parnell and Justin Richardson.
Reasons: Homosexuality, unsuited for age group

“And Tango Makes Three” is no stranger to the Banned Books list. This illustrated children’s book depicts the fictionalized true story of two male penguins who bonded and were given an egg to care for. Once the egg hatched, they became a family with two dads. This is a true tale of love.

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10:11PM PDT on Oct 3, 2015

Teddy G. is so right. Ban a book to get the kids to read it. I don't Fifty Shades of Grey is appropriate for most kids under 18 but to make any decision like that, it depends on the the young person. When I worked in a book store and a twelve yr. old would ask for suggestions, I would ask what authors they liked, what subjects and go from there. Many were reading adult fiction and we would talk about the different books. I'm sure for every student I helped there was another clerk somewhere steering a student 'appropriate' children's stories vs what would have help them grow and think.

6:23PM PST on Feb 21, 2014

Im not surprised about 50 Shades of Gray, for children at least. But for adults? They can read it for all i care.
The other books seem like lovely sad...

6:30PM PST on Nov 11, 2013

censorship is never the sign of anything other than a hunger to control the lives and voices of others. banned books are often the most moving and heartfelt

8:58AM PDT on Oct 8, 2013

Margaret G. but that's just it, I don't see why a book of Mythology should get a pass just because some people believe it's true. I say it should be treated like every other book, categorized, perhaps restricted by Age, but allowing the Public to choose what they wish to read.

2:52PM PDT on Oct 7, 2013

Some comments have jokingly suggested that the Bible be banned. I recall reading that the Roman Catholic Church did in fact ban part of the Bible, and that only the Reformation and the invention of the printing press stopped the ban.

6:29AM PDT on Oct 3, 2013


8:46AM PDT on Oct 1, 2013

There are some books which are totally unsuitable for very young children - no doubt about that. But adults should be free to read whatever they choose - however disgusting it may be! I don't like foul language (brought up by Victorian grandparents) but accept that it is now, sadly, part of everyday life. Children hear it from their parents, and no one is shocked by it any more. But putting books on a 'banned' list instantly makes them 'must haves' for kids - so a little common sense would be a good idea here! Children should be prepared for the risks and pitfalls of life, and that's a job for parents and teachers - and I believe it can be done without the need for seedy, explicit, violent literature.

1:36AM PDT on Oct 1, 2013

So wrong. Thanks for posting!

3:09PM PDT on Sep 30, 2013

I never forbade either of my kids from listening to/reading/watching music, books or even TV. We talked about things, I made suggestions and offered advice, but never told them anything was forbidden (like that would do any good!). As a result, they both made it to adulthood without any trauma, and with a reasonable amount of curiosity about the world.

And yeah, banning anything makes it way more attractive. Want to get your kids to read good stuff? Put it on the "forbidden" list.

1:53PM PDT on Sep 30, 2013

banning any book for any reason is repugnant

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