Banned Books Week: Blog Party

Yes! I have been very challenged by one of the reasons many of the books have been Challenged or Banned being “unsuited for age group.” I read “Little Woman” when I was in elementary school, it had a lasting impact on me and helped solidify my love of reading. What if someone had decided that this book shouldn’t be in a K-6 library? Or the librarian had told little 3rd or 4th grade me that I was too young to read it? What is someone had thought that Beth’s death (so sad…oh so sad), or the references to war, or talk of religion, were not appropriate for me to read? That’s just one of many books I read that were, perhaps “unsuited for my age group,” but were NOT unsuited for me. As is said in this excellent post, “Blanket bans are not the answer.”

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It’s Banned Books Week!  Sponsored by the ALA and other groups, this annual event celebrates the “freedom to read.”  Come join in with the Banned Books Blog Party hosted by hannahgivens at Things Matter.


The most frequently challenged books of the past year (2013) were:

  1. Captain Underpants (series), by Dav Pilkey
    Reasons: Offensive language, unsuited for age group, violence
  2. The Bluest Eye, by Toni Morrison
    Reasons: Offensive language, sexually explicit, unsuited to age group, violence
  3. The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian, by Sherman Alexie
    Reasons: Drugs/alcohol/smoking, offensive language, racism, sexually explicit, unsuited to age group
  4. Fifty Shades of Grey, by E.L. James
    Reasons: Nudity, offensive language, religious viewpoint, sexually explicit, unsuited to age group
  5. The Hunger Games, by Suzanne Collins
    Reasons: Religious viewpoint, unsuited to age group
  6. A Bad Boy Can Be Good for A Girl, by Tanya Lee Stone
    Reasons: Drugs/alcohol/smoking…

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