ALA's Banned Books Week poster for 2010
Each year, the last week of September is designated Banned Books Week. During this time, we celebrate our democratic freedom to read whatever we want to read. This year September 25 to October 2 marks BBW’s 29th anniversary.
According to the ALA’s Banned Books Week web site: “BBW celebrates the freedom to choose or the freedom to express one’s opinion even if that opinion might be considered unorthodox or unpopular and stresses the importance of ensuring the availability of those unorthodox or unpopular viewpoints to all who wish to read them.”
What is the difference between a challenged book and a banned book?
According to the American Library Association, a challenge is “an attempt to remove or restrict materials, based upon the objections of a person or group. A banning is the removal of those materials. Challenges do not simply involve a person expressing a point of view; rather, they are an attempt to remove material from the curriculum or library, thereby restricting the access of others.”
Below is a list of frequently challenged books. While all of the books and other media on this list were challenged by various organizations and individuals, people concerned with intellectual freedom were able to uphold and maintain public access to most of them.
Banned and Challenged Books
A wrinkle in time / Madeleine L’Engle
Absolutely true diary of a part-time Indian / by Sherman Alexie.
Adventures of Huckleberry Finn / Mark Twain.
Adventures of Tom Sawyer / Twain, Mark
Always running : la vida loca, gang days in L.A. / by Luis J. Rodriguez.
The bell jar / Sylvia Plath.
Beloved : a novel / Toni Morrison.
Black boy; a record of childhood and youth. Illustrated by Ashley Bryan.
Black Hawk down : a story of modern war / Mark Bowden.
Bless me, Ultima / Rudolfo A. Anaya.
Bluest eye / Toni Morrison.
Brave new world / Aldous Huxley.
Candide; or, Optimism: a new translation, backgrounds, criticism.
Canterbury Tales / Chaucer, Geoffrey
La Casa de los espíritus / Isabel Allende.
Catch-22, a novel. / Heller, Joseph.
Catcher in the rye / J.D. Salinger.
Cat’s Cradle by Kurt Vonnegut
Chocolate war / Robert Cormier.
Color purple / Alice Walker.
The diary of a young girl / Anne Frank.
Fahrenheit 451 / Ray Bradbury.
Grapes of wrath / John Steinbeck.
Great Gatsby, by F. Scott Fitzgerald.
Grendel [by] John Gardner.
The handmaid’s tale / Margaret Atwood
Harry Potter & the Chamber of Secrets / Rowling, J.K.
Harry Potter & the Goblet of Fire / Rowling, J.K.
Harry Potter & the Order of the Phoenix / Rowling, J.K.
Harry Potter & the Prisoner of Azkaban / Rowling, J.K.
Harry Potter & the Sorcerer’s Stone / Rowling, J.K.
I know why the caged bird sings / Maya Angelou.
James and the giant peach : a children’s story / Roald Dahl
Kite runner / Khaled Hosseini.
Lolita / Vladimir Nabokov.
Lovely bones : a novel / Alice Sebold.
Lord of the flies / William Golding.
Lord of the rings / J.R.R. Tolkien.
Lysistrata / Aristophanes
My brother Sam is dead / James Lincoln Collier & Christopher Collier.
Native Son / Wright, Richard
Nineteen eighty-four / George Orwell.
Of mice and men / John Steinbeck.
One flew over the cuckoo’s nest / Ken Kesey
A prayer for Owen Meany : a novel / John Irving
Roll of thunder, hear my cry / Mildred D. Taylor
Satanic verses / Salman Rushdie.
The scarlet letter
Slaughterhouse-Five / Vonnegut, Kurt
Snow Falling on Cedars / David Guterson
Song of Solomon / Toni Morrison
Sons and lovers by D. H. Lawrence.
Sun also rises / Ernest Hemingway.
A time to kill / John Grisham
Tropic of Cancer by Henry Miller
Ulysses / James Joyce
The upstairs room / Johanna Reiss.
Reference Books: Reference Collection, Plaza East
Banned books : 1994 resource guide / Robert P. Doyle.
Literature suppressed on religious grounds / Margaret Bald;
Literature suppressed on sexual grounds / Dawn B. Sova
Literature suppressed on social grounds / Dawn B. Sova
Electronic Books: access from a computer
The awakening, and selected stories [electronic resource] / by Kate Chopin
Candide, or, Optimism [electronic resource] / Voltaire ; translated by Burton Raffel
Fanny Hill : memoirs of a woman of pleasure [electronic resource] / John Cleland
Lady Chatterley’s Lover [electronic resource] / D.H. Lawrence.
Lysistrata [electronic resource] / Aristophanes
Outspoken [electronic resource]: free speech stories / Nan Levinson.
Scarlet letter [electronic resource] / Nathaniel Hawthorne.
Ulysses [electronic resource] / James Joyce
Banned in the U.S.A. [electronic resource]: a reference guide to book censorship in schools and public libraries/Herbert N. Foerstel.
Video/DVD – Banned Books Turned Into Movies: Media Collection
Clockwork orange [videorecording].
Color purple [videorecording] /.
Fahrenheit 451 / Ray Bradbury.
Gone with the wind [videorecording].
Naked lunch [videorecording].
One flew over the cuckoo’s nest [videorecording].
Snow Falling on Cedars [videorecording]
To kill a mockingbird [videorecording].
Banned and/or Challenged Books: Top 100 Novels of the 20th Century
American Library Association Banned Books Week
The Online Books Page: Banned Books Online
Beacon for Freedom of Expression
Banned Classic Literature