Banned Books Week Starts September 25th

Yes, it is still months away, but being aware of the date will allow you to make plans to procure these books! Here’s how/where to start:

Below is a lit of the most frequently banned/challenged books of the 21st century (2000 – 2007; I haven’t found a more updated list yet.) In bold are the ones that I have read. In italics are the ones that I want to read. Got it? Then let’s go!

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1. Harry Potter (series) – J. K. Rowling
2. Alice (series) – Phyllis Reynolds Naylor
3. The Chocolate War – Robert Cormier
4. Of Mice and Men – John Steinbeck
5. I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings – Maya Angelou
6. Scary Stories – Alvin Schwartz
7. Fallen Angels – Walter Dean Meyers
8. It’s Perfectly Normal – Robie Harris
9. And Tango Makes Three – Justin Richardson/Peter Parnell
10. Captain Underpants – Dave Pilkey
11. The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn – Mark Twain
12. The Bluest Eye – Toni Morrison
13. Forever – Judy Blume
14. The Color Purple – Alice Walker

15. The Perks of Being a Wallflower – Stephen Chbosky
16. Killing Mr. Griffin – Lois Duncan
17. Go Ask Alice – Anonymous
18. King and King – Linda de Haan
19. Catcher in the Rye – J. D. Salinger
20. Bridge to Terabithia – Catherine Patterson
21. The Giver – Lois Lowry
22. We All Fall Down – Robert Cormier
23. To Kill a Mockingbird – Harper Lee
24. Beloved – Toni Morrison
25. The Face on the Milk Carton – Caroline Cooney
26. Snow Falling on Cedars – David Guterson
27. My Brother Sam is Dead – James Lincoln Collier
28. In the Night Kitchen – Maurice Sendak
29. His Dark Materials (series) – Philip Pullman
30. Gossip Girl (series) – Cecily von Ziegesar
31. What My Mother Doesn’t Know – Sonya Sones
32. Angus, Thongs, and Full-Frontal Snogging – Louise Rennison
33. It’s So Amazing – Robie Harris
34. Arming America – Martin Bellasiles
35. Kaffir Boy – Mark Mathabane
36. Blubber – Judy Blume
37. Brave New World – Aldous Huxley
38. Athletic Shorts – Chris Crutcher
39. Bless Me, Ultima – Rudolfo Anaya
40. Life is Funny – E. R. Frank
41. Daughters of Eve – Lois Duncan
42. Crazy Lady – Jane Leslie Conley
43. The Great Gilly Hopkins – Katherine Patterson
44. You Hear Me – Betsy Franco
45. Slaughterhouse-Five – Kurt Vonnegut
46. Whale Talk – Chris Crutcher
47. The Adventures of Super Diaper Baby – Dav Pilkey
48. The Facts Speak for Themselves – Brock Cole
49. The Terrorist – Caroline Cooney
50. Mick Harte Was Here – Barbara Park
51. Summer of My German Soldier – Bette Green
52. The Upstairs Room – Joanna Reiss
53. When Dad Killed Mom – Julius Lester
54. Blood and Chocolate – Annette Curtis Klause
55. The Fighting Ground – Avi
56. The Things They Carried – Tim O’Brien
57. Roll of Thunder, Hear My Cry – Mildred Taylor
58. Fat Kid Rules the World – K. L. Going
59. The Earth, My Butt, And Other Big Round Things – Carolyn Mackler
60. A Time to Kill – John Grisham
61. Rainbow Boys – Alex Sanchez
62. Olive’s Ocean – Kevin Henkes
63. One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest – Ken Kesey
64. A Day No Pigs Would Die – Robert Newton Peck
65. Speak – Laurie Halse Anderson
66. Always Running – Louis Rodriguez
67. Black Boy – Richard Wright
68. Julie of the Wolves – Jean Craighead George
69. Deal With It! – Esther Drill
70. Detour for Emmy – Marilyn Reynolds
71. Draw Me A Star – Eric Carle
72. Fahrenheit 451 – Ray Bradbury
73. Harris and Me – Gary Paulson
74. Junie B. Jones (series) – Barbara Park
75. So Far From the Bamboo Grove – Yoko Watkins
76. Song of Solomon – Toni Morrison
77. Staying Fat for Sarah Burns – Chris Crutcher
78. The What’s Happening To My Body? Book – Lynda Madaras
79. The Boy Who Lost His Face – Louis Sachar
80. The Lovely Bones – Alice Sebold
81. Anastasia Again! – Lois Lowry
82. Are You There, God? It’s Me, Margaret – Judy Blume
83. Bumps in the Night – Harry Allard
84. Goosebumps (series) – R. L. Stine
85. Shade’s Children – Garth Nix
86. Cut – Patricia McCormick
87. Grendel – John Garner
88. The House of Spirits – Isabel Allende
89. I Saw Esau – Iona Opte
90. Ironman – Chris Crutcher
91. The Stupids (series) – Harry Allard
92. Taming the Star Runner – S. E. Hinton
93. Then Again, Maybe I Won’t – Judy Blume
94. Tiger Eyes – Judy Blume
95. Like Water for Chocolate – Laura Esquivel
96. Nathan’s Run – John Gilstrap
97. Pinkerton, Behave! – Steven Kellog
98. Freaky Friday – Mary Rodgers
99. Halloween ABC – Eve Merriam
100. Heather Has Two Mommies – Leslea Newman

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