Do You Read Banned Books?

It’s Banned Books Week!  From Sept. 30th to Oct. 6th, 2012, libraries around the U.S. are speaking out against censorship with displays, events, and other activities supporting books that have been banned.
banner image stating "i read banned books" for banned books week

Have you read any banned books?  The answer might surprise you.  Check out this list of books on the 100 Greatest Classics list that have been banned or challenged in American libraries and schools. Twentieth century classics that have been banned or challenged in American libraries include among others: Slaughterhouse Five,  The Great Gatsby, Catch-22, The Color Purple,  To Kill a Mockingbird, Lord of the Flies, Brave New World, and 1984.

Think censorship is a thing of the past?  Check out this list of bestsellers challenged in the 2011/2012 academic year!  The list includes popular Sci Fi/Fantasy series like  The Hunger Games, Twilight, The Golden Compass and Harry Potter which were banned in various school libraries across the U.S. for sexually explicit language, “themes unsuited to age group,” themes related to witchcraft and the occult, and for being “anti-Christian.”  Critically acclaimed teen novels by Sherman Alexie and Judy Blume are also among the most frequently challenged books.

How can you participate in Banned Books Week?

  • Do a Virtual Read Out:  In honor of the 30th Anniversary of Banned Books Week, the American Library Association is sponsoring a Virtual Read Out in cities across the country.  Listen to students, librarians, and celebrities read excerpts from banned books on this dedicated YouTube Channel for Banned Books Week.  You can add your own Read Out or share your favs with your friends on Twitter and Facebook.
  • Watch out for a book display at the Library coming later in the week featuring banned books from the Purchase College Library’s collections.
image and list of top 10 books banned in 2011. See this website for the list in HTML

Top Ten Frequently Challenged Books 2011: For more lists of banned books from 2000 to 2011, see



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