Banned Books Week celebrates the freedom to read! For the last thirty years, the American Library Association has drawn attention to efforts across the country to restrict access to books. Some of these might be classics you’ve read in school, or written by your favorite teen authors.
The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian by Sherman Alexie
Banned in a Missouri school district in 2010 because of violence, language, and some sexual content.
Anne Frank: The Diary of a Young Girl by Anne Frank
School officials in a Virginia county (2010) stopped assigning a version of the diary due to a complaint that the book includes sexual material and homosexual themes.
Out From Boneville (Bone v.1) by Jeff Smith
Retained in the elementary school libraries of a Minnesota city (2010) despite a parent’s concern that the series includes smoking, drinking, and gambling. The series is rated for fourth grade up, and has won several awards.
Forever in Blue, the Fourth Summer of the Sisterhood by Ann Brashares
Challenged at a middle school in Wisconsin (2010) by a parent who believed that the subject matter was inappropriate.
Harry Potter and the Half–Blood Prince by J.K. Rowling
Removed by school district trustees in an elementary school library in California along with 23 other books .
Looking for Alaska by John Green
Challenged but retained for English classes in a New York town (2008) despite concerns about graphic language and sexual content.
Snakehead by Anthony Horowitz
Challenged at an elementary school in Florida (2011) because of drug and weapons smuggling, and gang violence.
To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee
Challenged at a Tennessee Middle School (2006) because the book contains profanity and adult themes.
Here’s a list of the top 100 novels of the 20th century that have been banned or challenged.
And, check out the 2012 Read-Out Videos on YouTube