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Top 10 Most Banned Books Last Year

Top 10 Most Banned Books Last Year
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Today, I kicked off Banned Books Week in my classroom by unveiling a display of frequently banned classics and telling my students about them. True to the nature of teenage rebellion, they all wanted to read every single one of them. Students who I have to constantly remind to take notes during a lesson were furiously scribbling titles and authors in their notebooks. One student asked if I knew what the most banned books this year were and, not wanting to lose momentum — or an opportunity to inspire my students to read — I grabbed my computer and did a quick search. Luckily, the American Library Association keeps track of all of the reports of banned and challenged books. What follows is a list of the top ten banned and challenged books of 2011 (the information for 2012 won’t be in until the year is over) along with the reasons why they were challenged in the first place.

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11:55PM PDT on Aug 7, 2013

I got to page 5---just too many pages-thanks

4:53AM PDT on Aug 7, 2013

We read several of these in high school as required reading back in the 60's. I cannot see how Brave New World or Mockingbird could possibly be offensive or banned? Good Lord.

I was also given a book (not this one) about my female body and how babies grow. It didn't include the sex required, but I understood what happened inside "us" (women). This was in rural Georgia and in Austin, Tx. in the 50's and 60's.

3:36AM PDT on Aug 5, 2013

I think teachers as well as librarians can be amongst the first defenders of freedom to read. I say can be because in China it seems teachers will toe the line, & we have an historic example in living memory (I have just bought a copy of Brecht's Sins & Miseriea of the Third Reich - or whatever it is called in English - so it came to mind).
Some teachers are brilliant at this. My son had the run of my library of some 30000 books but he disdained them; when a teacher gave the class a pound each and told them to buy a book and bring it into class to read he turned up with Trainspotting, it caused a mild frisson in class. Sometimes things are different; when I was a teenager I hid my copy of Zola's Nana because it would upset my father to read it.

5:59AM PDT on Jun 10, 2013

ew .___.

6:43PM PDT on Apr 22, 2013

It's a sad day when people ban books. Books of all sort have helped me keep going on. I have Chronic Depression and find that books have given me an escape. People should read the books and make their own decision. I mean if you start reading a book and don't like it - then stop reading the book. Not everyone is going to like the same books, but we should have the right to make our own decisions.

4:40PM PDT on Apr 21, 2013

Banned books? Which century are we living in?

1:55AM PDT on Apr 12, 2013


4:23PM PDT on Mar 24, 2013

I read the Hunger Games last year and enjoyed it very much. Find it incredible there still are people out there that think censorship is the way to go. I've read about half the books on the list and it have taught me a lot. Literature can be good, educational, bad, destructive, historic, and all sorts of things. As long as they are around we can discuss them and interpret them. But if they are hidden in some unreachable vault, we can't grow and we can't learn.

9:35AM PDT on Mar 24, 2013

If a book is banned in a school you can usually find that book at the local library. Usually the librarians of the country stand against banning. I like the slogan, Celebrate freedom, read a banned book. If you love your children give them a list of banned books and a library card. Teach them to use the library and it will serve them all their lives.

1:44PM PDT on Mar 21, 2013


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