Tag Archives: Banned Books

Buzzfeed Quiz: How Well Do You Know Banned Books?

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I’m With the Banned. Are You?

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Banned Books Week: Lectures & Articles About the Banned


Visit this great blog to view the links to the articles and lectures about banned books:


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Parent Called Cops On Teen For Giving Away Free Books At A Book Giveaway

Parent Called Cops On Teen For Giving Away Free Books At A Book Giveaway

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So, this happened: Someone called the cops on a teenager for giving away free books.

At—wait for it—a book giveaway event.

Just last week, we wrote about the difficulties Sherman Alexie’s acclaimed Young Adult novel, The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian, had faced during its four-year-run as one of the most banned books in the U.S.

Two weeks ago, parents in the Idaho school district of Meridian successfully campaigned to remove Alexie’s novel from its 10th-grade reading curriculum and additional reading lists.

Wednesday night, irate parents literally called the cops to the scene where Meridian teens were passing out free copies of Alexie’s novel. Boise news station KBOI reported that even the cops were baffled about why they’d been asked to police a book giveaway.

A National Book Award-winner, The Absolutely True Diary is a searing coming-of-age story about a Native American teenager who decides to attend an all-white high school outside of his reservation. It’s a powerful narrative about modern race relations in the U.S. But the Meridian school board sided with parents who objected to its alleged sexual and anti-Christian content, along with, as noted by the Seattle Post-Intelligencer, other stuff:

[A]n adult named Lonnie Stiles complained that the Alexie novel contains language “we do not speak in our home.”
Apparently the adults who objected to the book weren’t thinking about the teens living on Idaho’s four Native American reservations.

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Banned In the U.S.A.

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Banned Books Week is upon us! Visit www.pen.org over the next seven days to check out articles, essays, Google+ Hangouts On Air, timelines, and much much more!

Throughout the week we’re asking you to tell us about your favorite banned books. To get the creative juices flowing, here is the American Library Association’s 2012 list of the country’s most challenged books:

  1. Captain Underpants (series), by Dav Pilkey.
    Reasons: Offensive language, unsuited for age group
  2. The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian, by Sherman Alexie.
    Reasons: Offensive language, racism, sexually explicit, unsuited for age group
  3. Thirteen Reasons Why, by Jay Asher.
    Reasons: Drugs/alcohol/smoking, sexually explicit, suicide, unsuited for age group
  4. Fifty Shades of Grey, by E. L. James.
    Reasons: Offensive language, sexually explicit
  5. And Tango Makes Three, by Peter Parnell and Justin Richardson.
    Reasons: Homosexuality, unsuited for age group
  6. The Kite Runner, by Khaled Hosseini.
    Reasons: Homosexuality, offensive language, religious viewpoint, sexually explicit
  7. Looking for Alaska, by John Green.
    Reasons: Offensive language, sexually explicit, unsuited for age group
  8. Scary Stories (series), by Alvin Schwartz
    Reasons: Unsuited for age group, violence
  9. The Glass Castle, by Jeanette Walls
    Reasons: Offensive language, sexually explicit
  10. Beloved, by Toni Morrison
    Reasons: Sexually explicit, religious viewpoint, violence
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Banned Bags To Tote Around

Banned Bags To Tote Around


This banned books tote—which features fifty banned titles—is a striking reminder that goes beyond Banned Books Week.

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Banned Book Mugshots

Banned Book Mugshots

These banned book mugshots are absolutely wonderful – a fine addition to these art and design projects inspired by literature.

(↬ The Paris Review)

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Top 100 Banned/Challenged Books: 2000-2009

Top 100 Banned/Challenged Books: 2000-2009

~ The American Library Association breaking down the 100 most banned books (2000-2009). 

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