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message 1: by Tana (last edited Aug 31, 2013 08:07PM) (new)

Tana (tana_t) Banned Books Week is an annual awareness campaign that celebrates the freedom to read,

[1] draws attention to banned and challenged books,

[2] and highlights persecuted individuals.

[3] The United States campaign "stresses the importance of ensuring the availability of those unorthodox or unpopular viewpoints to all who wish to read them"

[4] and the requirement to keep material publicly available so that people can develop their own conclusions and opinions.

This month the reading challenge is to read as many banned or challenged books you can.

Here are some links to see lists of banned books.

Goodreads lists: http://www.goodreads.com/list/tag/banned

TITLES CHALLENGED 2004-2011 go here: http://www.ncte.org/library/NCTEFiles...

Here is a list of the top 50 banned books from 2000-2009 according to the American Library Association:

Top 50 Banned/Challenged Books: 2000-2009

1. Harry Potter (series), by J.K. Rowling
2. Alice series, by Phyllis Reynolds Naylor
3. The Chocolate War, by Robert Cormier
4. And Tango Makes Three, by Justin Richardson/Peter Parnell
5. Of Mice and Men, by John Steinbeck
6. I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings, by Maya Angelou
7. Scary Stories (series), by Alvin Schwartz
8. His Dark Materials (series), by Philip Pullman
9. ttyl; ttfn; l8r g8r (series), by Myracle, Lauren
10. The Perks of Being a Wallflower, by Stephen Chbosky
11. Fallen Angels, by Walter Dean Myers
12. It’s Perfectly Normal, by Robie Harris
13. Captain Underpants (series), by Dav Pilkey
14. The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn, by Mark Twain
15. The Bluest Eye, by Toni Morrison
16. Forever, by Judy Blume
17. The Color Purple, by Alice Walker
18. Go Ask Alice, by Anonymous
19. Catcher in the Rye, by J.D. Salinger
20. King and King, by Linda de Haan
21. To Kill A Mockingbird, by Harper Lee
22. Gossip Girl (series), by Cecily von Ziegesar
23. The Giver, by Lois Lowry
24. In the Night Kitchen, by Maurice Sendak
25. Killing Mr. Griffen, by Lois Duncan
26. Beloved, by Toni Morrison
27. My Brother Sam Is Dead, by James Lincoln Collier
28. Bridge To Terabithia, by Katherine Paterson
29. The Face on the Milk Carton, by Caroline B. Cooney
30. We All Fall Down, by Robert Cormier
31. What My Mother Doesn’t Know, by Sonya Sones
32. Bless Me, Ultima, by Rudolfo Anaya
33. Snow Falling on Cedars, by David Guterson
34. The Earth, My Butt, and Other Big, Round Things, by Carolyn Mackler
35. Angus, Thongs, and Full Frontal Snogging, by Louise Rennison
36. Brave New World, by Aldous Huxley
37. It’s So Amazing, by Robie Harris
38. Arming America, by Michael Bellasiles
39. Kaffir Boy, by Mark Mathabane
40. Life is Funny, by E.R. Frank
41. Whale Talk, by Chris Crutcher
42. The Fighting Ground, by Avi
43. Blubber, by Judy Blume
44. Athletic Shorts, by Chris Crutcher
45. Crazy Lady, by Jane Leslie Conly
46. Slaughterhouse-Five, by Kurt Vonnegut
47. The Adventures of Super Diaper Baby, by George Beard
48. Rainbow Boys, by Alex Sanchez
49. One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest, by Ken Kesey
50. The Kite Runner, by Khaled Hosseini


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message 2: by Tana (new)

Tana (tana_t) And Remember

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message 3: by David, Mr. Blue Eyes; He's the Best--Ain't no lie!! ;) (new)

David Estes (davidestesbooks) | 10713 comments Mod
Wow, I've read so many of these books! I'm shocked at many of the titles on the list!


message 4: by Rose (new)

Rose It's funny and sad that Harry Potter is on that list. You wouldn't want kids to think being different is OK and you surely don't want them to believe that you should stand up for what's right and fight against evil. These were two of the main messages I took from the series. I know the Catholic church was really against it - so much for the separation of church and state.


message 5: by Raevyn (new)

Raevyn "Lucia" [I'm in it for the books] (raevynstar) | 13 comments It's funny to think that the ones I've read on this list (The Giver, Harry Potter, Captain Underpants) are about--what else?--fighting censorship in one way or another (the Community, Ministry, or Mr. Krupp, depending on which book)...


message 6: by Raevyn (new)

Raevyn "Lucia" [I'm in it for the books] (raevynstar) | 13 comments And Bridge to Terabithia? What the $^%&^*&(%$ is bannable about that?


message 7: by Jenny, Always smiling! :-D (new)

Jenny (juliababyjen) | 12932 comments Mod
I've been participating in an ongoing banned book challenge, in fact I think I have a bookshelf on here devoted to it...I think every book I've ever read for school is on the list! Just crazy!

Here's a really interesting article I found awhile ago that talks about schools and banning books

http://www.worldandi.com/newhome/publ...


message 8: by Skaistė (new)

Skaistė | 57 comments It's hard to believe there is still such thing as banned books. Wonderful idea for a challenge. I'm in. I'll try to read at least one.


message 9: by Skaistė (new)

Skaistė | 57 comments I've read at least one banned book this month :D

The Perks of Being a Wallflower by Stephen Chbosky 9/26

The Perks of Being a Wallflower by Stephen Chbosky


message 10: by Jenny, Always smiling! :-D (new)

Jenny (juliababyjen) | 12932 comments Mod
I've only read one book that I'm aware of being banned

The Giver (The Giver Quartet, #1) by Lois Lowry


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