One More Word Out Of You, Big Booty!   3 comments

A tangent from the Great Books post, here’s the American Library Association’s list of the top 100 Banned/Challenged books from 2000-2007.  Copy the list, strike through the ones that you’ve read.

How subversive are you?

Top 100 Banned/Challenged Books in 2000-2007

  1. Harry Potter, 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 Myers
  8. It’s Perfectly Normal, Robie Harris
  9. And Tango Makes Three, Justin Richardson/Peter Parnell
  10. Captain Underpants, Dav 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, Katherine Paterson
  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, Michael 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 Conly
  43. The Great Gilly Hopkins, Katherine Paterson
  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, Johanna 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, Luis 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 Paulsen
  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 Byrnes, Chris Crutcher
  78. 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 Gardner
  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

Out of 3,869 challenges reported to or recorded by the Office for Intellectual Freedom, as compiled by the Office for Intellectual Freedom, American Library Association. The ALA Office for Intellectual Freedom does not claim comprehensiveness in recording challenges. Research suggests that for each challenge reported there are as many as four or five which go unreported.


Posted October 11, 2008 by padraic2112 in books, memes, Uncategorized

3 responses to “One More Word Out Of You, Big Booty!

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  1. Then, for an alternative view on BBW, see For example, no books have been banned in the USA for many decades.

  2. What’s with all the Judy Blume? That’s insane!

    And the fact that Fahrenheit is on there made me laugh a little…

  3. @ Safelibraries

    Most of these are art-related, rather than literature, but the fact that books haven’t been successfully banned doesn’t mean that people aren’t actively trying to get them banned.

    I don’t usually find Sowell to be a credible source, as he rarely backs up his claims with references or evidence.

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