Banned Book Week

I’m feisty enough that somebody wants to ban a book from the library because it might have “evil language” or an alternative viewpoint.. that’s the book I’m going to read.

This week is Banned Book Week. I’m copying the ALA list of the ten most challenged (requested to be banned) books of the 21st Century. I’d love to find a list of the top 100 banned books, but haven’t been successful at that so far.

Most Challenged Books of 21st Century (2000-2005)

In anticipation of the 25th anniversary of Banned Books Week (September 23-30, 2006), the American Library Association (ALA) compiled the top 10 most challenged books from 2000-2005, with the Harry Potter series of books leading the pack. The 10 most challenged books of the 21st Century (2000-2005) are:

1. Harry Potter series by J.K. Rowling

2. “The Chocolate War” by Robert Cormier

3. Alice series by Phyllis Reynolds Naylor

4. “Of Mice and Men” by John Steinbeck

5. “I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings” by Maya Angelou

6. “Fallen Angels” by Walter Dean Myers

7. “It’s Perfectly Normal” by Robie Harris

8. Scary Stories series by Alvin Schwartz

9. Captain Underpants series by Dav Pilkey

10. “Forever” by Judy Blume

You can explore about banned books at the Google Book Search. How many of these books have you already read? I’ve read 25 of the books on this list. Which one will you read this week? All The Kings Men is moving up my list…

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6 responses to “Banned Book Week

  1. Patricia Roshaven

    Thanks for the reminder, Debra. I’m going to post this list too. It worries me that in the year 2006 there are so many people who can’t see the depth and value of these books, and this list is just the tip of the iceberg.

  2. Patricia Roshaven

    Debra — Thank you again for reminding me about Banned Books week. I’m a former librarian, and get really steamed on this issue. This is the post made today on my blog, Be An Artist at

    Thank you to Debry Roby for reminding me that this is Banned Books week. The list of banned books includes Diary of Anne Frank, Harry Potter, Of Mice and Men , I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings, and Huckleberry Finn. This list is a testament to the many, many closed-minded people who do not understand creativity and who feel that listening to rulemakers has more value than listening to their own inner voice. There is too much fear of our differences and too little trust in our own strengths.

    Even worse, writers around the world are imprisoned and tortured for publishing their views. See the Amnesty International website for a list of names.

    I believe that accepting our human need to be creative means more than the ability to write a poem or paint a picture. It has to do with accepting a deeper part of our human nature — and allowing same in our fellow humans. How else are we ever going to stop killing each other for our differences?

    I am interested in contacts from other bloggers who have similar thoughts about creativity and human nature.

  3. Patricia Roshaven

    Debra — Please excuse the typo of your first name. I corrected the spelling on my blog. Patricia

  4. Sarah, Goon Squad Sarah

    I’ve read 19 of them, but I have “Lolita” on deck, then it will be 20.

  5. I think most of what I read would be on the banned list if they were ever bestsellers, minor bestsellers, whiff of bestsellerness, or a teacher tried to use them for reading material. My reading is definitely not mainstream and/or classics so they mostly are under the banning radar. Well, except for Lovecraft, I’m sure he’s been banned once or twice.

  6. I find this more and more distressing. Are we in “1984”?

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