“The books that the world calls immoral are the books that show the world its own shame.”

Yes friends, you guessed it. According to the American Library Association next week (September 26th-October 6th, 2007) is officially Banned Books Week. Every year in cities all around the world literary works are being challenged or even banned from being accessed by the public. So support these authors by reading a banned or challenged book next week. Here’s one of the many lists of banned/challenged books I found searching online. I think I’ll continue my journey through the Harry Potter series. I’m beginning Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire. I know, I’m way behind. :o ) I started late in the game. And did I mention I’m totally into witchcraft now? Expecto patronum!
Banned Books

100 Most Frequently Challenged Books from 1990-2000
1. Scary Stories (Series) by Alvin Schwartz
2. Daddy’s Roommate by Michael Willhoite
3. I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings by Maya Angelou
4. The Chocolate War by Robert Cormier
5. The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn by Mark Twain
6. Of Mice and Men by John Steinbeck
7. Harry Potter (Series) by J.K. Rowling
8. Forever by Judy Blume
9. Bridge to Terabithia by Katherine Paterson
10. Alice (Series) by Phyllis Reynolds Naylor
11. Heather Has Two Mommies by Leslea Newman
12. My Brother Sam is Dead by James Lincoln Collier and Christopher Collier
13. The Catcher in the Rye by J.D. Salinger
14. The Giver by Lois Lowry
15. It’s Perfectly Normal by Robie Harris
16. Goosebumps (Series) by R.L. Stine
17. A Day No Pigs Would Die by Robert Newton Peck
18. The Color Purple by Alice Walker
19. Sex by Madonna
20. Earth’s Children (Series) by Jean M. Auel
21. The Great Gilly Hopkins by Katherine Paterson
22. A Wrinkle in Time by Madeleine L’Engle
23. Go Ask Alice by Anonymous
24. Fallen Angels by Walter Dean Myers
25. In the Night Kitchen by Maurice Sendak
26. The Stupids (Series) by Harry Allard
27. The Witches by Roald Dahl
28. The New Joy of Gay Sex by Charles Silverstein
29. Anastasia Krupnik (Series) by Lois Lowry
30. The Goats by Brock Cole
31. Kaffir Boy by Mark Mathabane
32. Blubber by Judy Blume
33. Killing Mr. Griffin by Lois Duncan
34. Halloween ABC by Eve Merriam
35. We All Fall Down by Robert Cormier
36. Final Exit by Derek Humphry
37. The Handmaid’s Tale by Margaret Atwood
38. Julie of the Wolves by Jean Craighead George
39. The Bluest Eye by Toni Morrison
40. What’s Happening to my Body? Book for Girls: A Growing-Up Guide for Parents & Daughters by
Lynda Madaras
41. To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee
42. Beloved by Toni Morrison
43. The Outsiders by S.E. Hinton
44. The Pigman by Paul Zindel
45. Bumps in the Night by Harry Allard
46. Deenie by Judy Blume
47. Flowers for Algernon by Daniel Keyes
48. Annie on my Mind by Nancy Garden
49. The Boy Who Lost His Face by Louis Sachar
50. Cross Your Fingers, Spit in Your Hat by Alvin Schwartz
51. A Light in the Attic by Shel Silverstein
52. Brave New World by Aldous Huxley
53. Sleeping Beauty Trilogy by A.N. Roquelaure (Anne Rice)
54. Asking About Sex and Growing Up by Joanna Cole
55. Cujo by Stephen King
56. James and the Giant Peach by Roald Dahl
57. The Anarchist Cookbook by William Powell
58. Boys and Sex by Wardell Pomeroy
59. Ordinary People by Judith Guest
60. American Psycho by Bret Easton Ellis
61. What’s Happening to my Body? Book for Boys: A Growing-Up Guide for Parents & Sons by
Lynda Madaras
62. Are You There, God? It’s Me, Margaret by Judy Blume
63. Crazy Lady by Jane Conly
64. Athletic Sho rts by Chris Crutcher
65. Fade by Robert Cormier
66. Guess What? by Mem Fox
67. The House of Spirits by Isabel Allende
68. The Face on the Milk Carton by Caroline Cooney
69. Slaughterhouse-Five by Kurt Vonnegut
70. Lord of the Flies by William Golding
71. Native Son by Richard Wright
72. Women on Top: How Real Life Has Changed Women’s Fantasies by Nancy Friday
73. Curses, Hexes and Spells by Daniel Cohen
74. Jack by A.M. Homes
75. Bless Me, Ultima by Rudolfo A. Anaya
76. Where Did I Come From? by Peter Mayle
77. Carrie by Stephen King
78. Tiger Eyes by Judy Blume
79. On My Honor by Marion Dane Bauer
80. Arizona Kid by Ron Koertge
81. Family Secrets by Norma Klein
82. Mommy Laid An Egg by Babette Cole
83. The Dead Zone by Stephen King
84. The Adventures of Tom Sawyer by Mark Twain
85. Song of Solomon by Toni Morrison
86. Always Running by Luis Rodriguez
87. Private Parts by Howard Stern
88. Where’s Waldo? by Martin Hanford
Where’s Boob-do?
89. Summer of My German Soldier by Bette Greene
90. Little Black Sambo by Helen Bannerman
91. Pillars of the Earth by Ken Follett
92. Running Loose by Chris Crutcher
93. Sex Education by Jenny Davis
94. The Drowning of Stephen Jones by Bette Greene
95. Girls and Sex by Wardell Pomeroy
96. How to Eat Fried Worms by Thomas Rockwell
97. View from the Cherry Tree by Willo Davis Roberts
98. The Headless Cupid by Zilpha Keatley Snyder
99. The Terrorist by Caroline Cooney
100. Jump Ship to Freedom by James Lincoln Collier and Christopher Collier

Here are some links to more lists of books that were banned at one time, or may still be banned in some parts of the world:
http://www.highlands.edu/academics/library/banned/books.htm
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_banned_books

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6 Comments

  1. Marissa
    Posted September 27, 2007 at 6:48 pm | Permalink

    So many good books on that list.

    Where’s Waldo? Come on! Does his weird outfit really offend people that much?

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  2. Posted September 27, 2007 at 6:57 pm | Permalink

    i know! that’s what i was thinking, but then i found out that it was banned from a lot of schools because the woman in the middle of the page was flashing a boob. look closely…

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  3. Posted October 21, 2007 at 3:03 am | Permalink

    Wow. That list should be called “A list of cool books, almost all of which Jaime has considered a favorite at one time or another.” Seriously, I think the only books I love that aren’t on it probably aren’t there because they were published post 2007. I mean, come on, Anastasia Krupnik?!?!

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  4. Posted October 24, 2007 at 12:07 am | Permalink

    hi jaime!
    Dude. I looked Anastasia Krupnik up on wikipedia, as i have never read the series and have no clue why it could have made the list and alas, found this:

    “The series was also criticized because one novel of the series featured Anastasia replying to a personal ad and lying about her age and her life to an older man; however, the two never have any romantic experiences and when they meet, the man has no idea Anastasia is the woman he had been writing to.”

    …. and now I totally want to read it.

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  5. Posted November 26, 2007 at 5:15 pm | Permalink

    Tatiana! Your website is so cool! I’m jealous. I might have to cheat on Tony temporarily and force you to come over. Take that as you will.
    P.S. I’m gonna print this list out, I loved the books on it that i’ve read so i feel i’ll love the ones I haven’t.
    P.S.S. There’s a teeny teeny smiley face at the bottom of this comment page and i was hoping it was like a special easter egg, where I would click on it and it would take me to some secret page.
    P.S.S.T. Do you know how to make those little easter egg things? If so can you show me?
    Keh bye!

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  6. Posted November 26, 2007 at 7:23 pm | Permalink

    haha hi aleece! i don’t see the easter egg. how scary! i’m scared. and i love your website! tony did a great job with the color i think. it goes with your eyes and your hair. yeow yeow hot mama! but yeah if you want me to try to make something for you let me know lady.

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