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by reading at least one book from the list below.  It is a compilation of the 100 most challenged books during the years 1990 – 2009, as compiled by the American Librarian’s Association.

Some of these books have adult themes, and parents are well within their rights and responsibilities to guide their children to wait to read them “until they are older.”  Others are standard entries on middle and high school reading lists.  Still others can serve as jumping off points for discussions within families of values, stereotypes, and aspects of our history. But the act of banning them from libraries, especially public libraries, removes them from access by adults as well as children.  And many of these books are considered classics, required reading for educated people.

The irony is that the very act of banning them actually increases their appeal.  How many times did you or your kids sneak into a movie theater to see an “R” rated movie before you or they were old enough?  How many times did you or they read a book that your clergy person said you shouldn’t?  The mere act of banning a book makes it seem like forbidden fruit, and therefore all the more tantalizing.  A friend of mine has remarked that having a Kindle or other e-reader makes it possible to read those books anywhere without anyone knowing.  She recently downloaded Lady Chatterly’s Lover, simply to see what all the fuss was about.  Isn’t there something of that sort of rebel in all of us?

So, be a rebel.  Celebrate banned books week.  Read a banned book.

A Clockwork Orange, by Anthony Burgess

A Day No Pigs Would Die, by Robert Newton Peck

A Farewell to Arms, by Ernest Hemingway.

A Light in the Attic, by Shel Silverstein.

A Prayer for Owen Meany, by John Irving

A Separate Peace, by John Knowles.

A Time to Kill, by John Grisham

A Wrinkle in Time, by Madeline L’Engle

Adventures of Huckleberry Finn, by Mark Twain

Alice series, by Phyllis Reynolds Naylor

All the King’s Men, by Robert Penn Warren.

Always Running, by Luis Rodriguez

America: A Novel, by Frank, E.R.

American Psycho, by Bret Easton Ellis.

An American Tragedy, by Theodore Dreiser.

Anastasia (series), by Lois Lowry

And Tango Makes Three, by Justin Richardson/Peter Parnell

Angus, Thongs, and Full Frontal Snogging, by Louise Rennison

Annie on My Mind, by Nancy Garden.

Are You There, God?  It’s Me, Margaret, by Judy Blume

Arizona Kid, by Ron Koertge.

Arming America, by Michael Bellasiles

As I Lay Dying, by William Faulkner.

Asking About Sex and Growing Up, by Joanna Cole.

Athletic Shorts, by Chris Crutcher

Beloved, by Toni Morrison

Black Boy, by Richard Wright

Bless Me, Ultima, by Rudolfo Anaya

Blood and Chocolate, by Annette Curtis Klause

Blubber, by Judy Blume

Boys and Sex, by Wardell Pomeroy.

Brave New World, by Aldous Huxley

Bridge To Terabithia, by Katherine Paterson

Bumps in the Night, by Harry Allard

Captain Underpants (series), by Dav Pilkey

Carrie, by Stephen King.

Catch-22, by Joseph Heller.

Catcher in the Rye, by J.D. Salinger

Cat’s Cradle, by Kurt Vonnegut.

Christine, by Stephen King.

Crazy Lady, by Jane Leslie Conly

Crazy:  A Novel, by Benjamin Lebert

Cross Your Fingers, Spit in Your Hat, by Alvin Schwartz.

Cujo, by Stephen King.

Curses, Hexes and Spells, by Daniel Cohen.

Cut, by Patricia McCormick

Daddy’s Roommate, by Michael Willhoite.

Daughters of Eve, by Lois Duncan

Deal With It!, by Esther Drill

Deenie, by Judy Blume.

Detour for Emmy, by Marilyn Reynolds

Draw Me A Star, by Eric Carle

Earth’s Children (series), by Jean M. Auel.

Fade, by Robert Cormier.

Fahrenheit 451, by Ray Bradbury

Fallen Angels, by Walter Dean Myers

Family Secrets, by Norma Klein.

Fat Kid Rules the World, by K.L. Going

Final Exit, by Derek Humphry.

Flowers for Algernon, by Daniel Keyes.

For Whom the Bell Tolls, by Ernest Hemingway.

Forever, by Judy Blume

Friday Night Lights, by H.G. Bissenger

Girls and Sex, by Wardell Pomeroy.

Go Ask Alice, by Anonymous

Go Tell It on the Mountain, byJ ames Baldwin.

Gone with the Wind, by Margaret Mitchell.

Goosebumps (series), by R.L. Stine

Gossip Girl (series), by Cecily von Ziegesar

Grendel, by John Gardner

Guess What?, by Mem Fox.

Halloween ABC, by Eve Merriam.

Harris and Me, by Gary Paulsen

Harry Potter (series), by J.K. Rowling

Heart of Darkness, by Joseph Conrad.

Heather Has Two Mommies, by Lesléa Newman.

His Dark Materials (series), by Philip Pullman

How to Eat Fried Worms, by Thomas Rockwell.

I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings, by Maya Angelou

I Saw Esau, by Iona Opte

In Cold Blood, by Truman Capote.

In the Night Kitchen, by Maurice Sendak

Invisible Man, by Ralph Ellison.

It’s Perfectly Normal, by Robie Harris

It’s So Amazing, by Robie Harris

Jack, by A. M. Homes.

James and the Giant Peach, by Roald Dahl.

Jay’s Journal, by Anonymous.

Julie of the Wolves, by Jean Graighead George

Jump Ship to Freedom, by James Lincoln Collier and Christopher Collier.

Jumper, by Steven Gould.

Junie B. Jones (series), by Barbara Park

Kaffir Boy, by Mark Mathabane

Killing Mr. Griffen, by Lois Duncan

King and King, by Linda de Haan

Lady Chatterley’s Lover, by D. H. Lawrence.

Life is Funny, by E.R. Frank

Little Black Sambo, byHelen Bannerman.

Lolita, by Vladimir Nabokov.

Lord of the Flies, by William Golding

Mick Harte Was Here, by Barbara Park

Mommy Laid An Egg, by Babette Cole.

My Brother Sam Is Dead, by James Lincoln Collier

Naked Lunch, by William S. Burroughs.

Native Son, by Richard Wright.

Nineteen Eighty-four (1984), by George Orwell

Of Mice and Men, by John Steinbeck

Olive’s Ocean, by Kevin Henkes

On My Honor, by Marion Dane Bauer.

One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest, by Ken Kesey

Ordinary People, by Judith Guest.

Private Parts, by Howard Stern.

Rabbit, Run, by John Updike.

Rainbow Boys, by Alex Sanchez

Roll of Thunder, Hear My Cry, by Mildred Taylor

Running Loose, by Chris Crutcher.

Scary Stories (series), by Alvin Schwartz

Sex, by Madonna.

Sex Education, by Jenny Davis.

Shade’s Children, by Garth Nix

Slaughterhouse-Five, by Kurt Vonnegut

Sleeping Beauty Trilogy, by A. N. Roquelaure (Anne Rice).

Snow Falling on Cedars, by David Guterson

So Far From the Bamboo Grove, by Yoko Watkins

Song of Solomon, by Toni Morrison

Sons and Lovers, by D. H. Lawrence.

Speak, by Laurie Halse Anderson

Staying Fat for Sarah Byrnes, by Chris Crutcher

Summer of My German Soldier, by Bette Green

That Was Then, This Is Now, by S. E. Hinton.

The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn, by Mark Twain

The Adventures of Tom Sawyer, byMark Twain.

The Adventures of Super Diaper Baby, by George Beard

The Anarchist Cookbook, by William Powell.

The Bluest Eye, by Toni Morrison

The Boy Who Lost His Face, by Louis Sachar

The Call of the Wild, by J ack London.

The Catcher in the Rye, by J. D. Salinger

The Chocolate War, by Robert Cormier

The Color Purple, by Alice Walker

The Dead Zone, by Stephen King.

The Drowning of Stephan Jones, by Bette Greene.

The Earth, My Butt, and Other Big, Round Things, by Carolyn Mackler

The Exorcist, by William Peter Blatty.

The Face on the Milk Carton, by Caroline B. Cooney

The Facts Speak for Themselves, by Brock Cole

The Fighting Ground, by Avi

The Giver, by Lois Lowry

The Goats, by Brock Cole.

The Grapes of Wrath, by John Steinbeck.

The Great Gatsby, by F. Scott Fitzgerald.

The Great Gilly Hopkins, by Katherine Paterson

The Handmaid’s Tale, by Margaret Atwood

The House of the Spirits, by Isabel Allende

The Joy of Gay Sex, by Dr. Charles Silverstein

The Jungle, by Upton Sinclair.

The Kite Runner, by Khaled Hosseini

The Lovely Bones, by Alice Sebold

The Naked and the Dead, by Norman Mailer.

The New Joy of Gay Sex, by Charles Silverstein and Felice Picano.

The Outsiders, by S. E. Hinton.

The Perks of Being a Wallflower, by Stephen Chbosky

The Pigman, by Paul Zindel.

The Pillars of the Earth, by Ken Follett.

The Rabbit’s Wedding, by Garth Williams.

The Satanic Verses, by Salman Rushdie.

The Sledding Hill, by Chris Crutcher.

The Stupids (series), by Harry Allard

The Sun Also Rises, by Ernest Hemingway.

The Terrorist, by Caroline B. Cooney

The Things They Carried, by Tim O’Brien

The Upstairs Room, by Johanna Reiss

The Wish Giver, by Bill Brittain.

The Witches, by Roald Dahl.

Their Eyes Were Watching God, by Zora Neale Hurston.

Tiger Eyes, by Judy Blume

To Kill A Mockingbird, by Harper Lee

Tropic of Cancer, by Henry Miller.

TTYL; TTFN; L8R, G8R (series), by Myracle, Lauren

Ulysses, by James Joyce.

View from the Cherry Tree, by Willo Davis Roberts.

We All Fall Down, by Robert Cormier

Whale Talk, by Chris Crutcher

What My Mother Doesn’t Know, by Sonya Sones

What’s Happening to My Body? Book for Boys: A Growing-Up Guide for Parents & Sons, by Lynda Madaras.

What’s Happening to My Body? Book for Girls: A Growing-Up Guide for Parents & Daughters, by Lynda Madaras.

When Dad Killed Mom, by Julius Lester

Where Did I Come From?, by Peter Mayle.

Women in Love, by D. H. Lawrence.

Women on Top: How Real Life Has Changed Women’s Fantasies, by Nancy Friday.

You Hear Me?, by Betsy Franco


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