If you thought America didn’t ban books, you were wrong.
From 2000-2009 alone, over 5000 challenged books were reported to the Office of Intellectual Freedom in America. Several of the top reasons were: sexually explicit material, offensive language, deemed unsuited to age group, violence, and homosexuality.
The top ten challenged from 2001-2013 are as follows:
- Captain Underpants by Dav Pilkey- two boys, George and Harold, fight against their evil gym teacher, Mr. Meaner, who tries to make them perfect and obedient students.
Reasons: Offensive language, unsuited for age group, violence
- The Bluest Eye by Toni Morrison- an African American girl desires to have blue eyes and blonde hair.
Reasons: Offensive language, sexually explicit, unsuited to age group, violence
- The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian by Sherman Alexie- Junior leaves his high school on the indian reservation to attend an all white school.
Reasons: Drugs/alcohol/smoking, offensive language, racism, sexually explicit, unsuited to age group
- Fifty Shades of Grey by E.L. James-College student Ana goes to interview entrepreneur Christian Grey and they both are desperate to get close to one another.
Reasons: Nudity, offensive language, religious viewpoint, sexually explicit, unsuited to age group
- The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins- In Panem, 16 year old Katniss Everdeen volunteers for a deadly game consisting of 24 kids on live television.
Reasons: Religious viewpoint, unsuited to age group
- A Bad Boy Can Be Good for A Girl by Tanya Lee Stone- 3 friends get caught up in an older “bad boy” at their high school.
Reasons: Drugs/alcohol/smoking, nudity, offensive language, sexually explicit
- Looking for Alaska by John Green- Miles is fed up with his boring life and goes to a boarding school where he meets a girl named Alaska and his world is changed.
Reasons: Drugs/alcohol/smoking, sexually explicit, unsuited to age group
- The Perks of Being a Wallflower by Stephen Chbosky- this book follows a boy named Charlie figuring who he is between adolescence and adulthood, experiencing love, loss, drugs and more along the way.
Reasons: drugs/alcohol/smoking, homosexuality, sexually explicit, unsuited to age group
- Bless Me Ultima by Rudolfo Anaya- Ultima is a pagan that comes into Antonio’s life at a young age.
Reasons: Occult/Satanism, offensive language, religious viewpoint, sexually explicit
- Bone by Jeff Smith-3 cousins are lost in the woods and separated in the woods and one by one adventure their way through the forest filled with wonderful creatures.
Reasons: Political viewpoint, racism, violence
Have you read any of these challenged books? Would you consider banning any of them? Comment below!
Here is where I got the information in this post.