Banned Books Week 2012

It’s that time of year again, the week where the American Library Association hosts Banned Books Week in order to bring awareness to challenges to books and attempted, or successful, bannings in schools, libraries or communities. This year is the 30th anniversary of the ALA defending our right to read and Banned Books Week. While I don’t have as much prepared this year as in the past few years, I will have a few posts focusing on the subject, starting with today’s:

2011’s Top Ten Challenged Books
1. ttyl; ttfn; l8r, g8r (series) by Lauren Myracle
Reasons: offensive language; religious viewpoint; sexually explicit; unsuited to age group

2. The Color of Earth (series) by Kim Dong Hwa
Reasons: nudity; sex education; sexually explicit; unsuited to age group

3. The Hunger Games trilogy by Suzanne Collins
Reasons: anti-ethnic; anti-family; insensitivity; offensive language; occult/satanic; violence

4. My Mom’s Having A Baby! A Kid’s Month-by-Month Guide to Pregnancy by Dori Hillestad Butler
Reasons: nudity; sex education; sexually explicit; unsuited to age group

5. The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian by Sherman Alexie
Reasons: offensive language; racism; religious viewpoint; sexually explicit; unsuited to age group

6. Alice (series) by Phyllis Reynolds Naylor
Reasons: nudity; offensive language; religious viewpoint

7. Brave New World by Aldous Huxley
Reasons: insensitivity; nudity; racism; religious viewpoint; sexually explicit

8. What My Mother Doesn’t Know by Sonya Sones
Reasons: nudity; offensive language; sexually explicit

9. Gossip Girl (series) by Cecily Von Ziegesar
Reasons: drugs; offensive language; sexually explicit

10. To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee
Reasons: offensive language; racism

(from Frequently Challenged Books of the 21st Century)

I’ve read numbers 3, 7, 9 and 10. How many of these top ten books have you read?

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