Tuesday, September 27, 2005

Read a Banned Book

I did about three hundred eyerolls reading this list - a lot of them are on my favorites list!  In honor of Read a Banned Book week...READ!

The 100 Most Frequently Challenged Books of 1990–2000

1 Scary Stories (Series) by Alvin Schwartz
2 Daddy's Roommate by Michael Willhoite
3 I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings by Maya Angelou
4 The Chocolate War by Robert Cormier
5 The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn by Mark Twain
6 Of Mice and Men by John Steinbeck
7 Harry Potter (Series) by J.K. Rowling
8 Forever by Judy Blume
9 Bridge to Terabithia by Katherine Paterson
10 Alice (Series) by Phyllis Reynolds Naylor

Heather Has Two Mommies by Leslea Newman
My Brother Sam is Dead by James Lincoln Collier & Christopher Collier
The Catcher in the Rye by J.D. Salinger
The Giver by Lois Lowry
It's Perfectly Normal by Robie Harris
Goosebumps (Series) by R.L. Stine
A Day No Pigs Would Die by Robert Newton Peck
The Color Purple by Alice Walker
Sex by Madonna
20 Earth's Children (Series) by Jean M. Auel

The Great Gilly Hopkins by Katherine Paterson
A Wrinkle in Time by Madeleine L'Engle
Go Ask Alice by Anonymous
Fallen Angels by Walter Dean Myers
In the Night Kitchen by Maurice Sendak
The Stupids (Series) by Harry Allard
The Witches by Roald Dahl
The New Joy of Gay Sex by Charles Silverstein
Anastasia Krupnik (Series) by Lois Lowry
30 The Goats by Brock Cole

Kaffir Boy by Mark Mathabane
Blubber by Judy Blume
Killing Mr. Griffin by Lois Duncan
Halloween ABC by Eve Merriam
We All Fall Down by Robert Cormier
Final Exit by Derek Humphry
The Handmaid's Tale by Margaret Atwood
Julie of the Wolves by Jean Craighead George
The Bluest Eye by Toni Morrison
40 What's Happening to my Body? Book for Girls: A Growing-Up
Guide for Parents & Daughters by Lynda Madaras

To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee
Beloved by Toni Morrison
The Outsiders by S.E. Hinton
The Pigman by Paul Zindel
Bumps in the Night by Harry Allard
Deenie by Judy Blume
Flowers for Algernon by Daniel Keyes
Annie on my Mind by Nancy Garden
The Boy Who Lost His Face by Louis Sachar
50 Cross Your Fingers, Spit in Your Hat by Alvin Schwartz

A Light in the Attic by Shel Silverstein
Brave New World by Aldous Huxley
Sleeping Beauty Trilogy by A.N. Roquelaure (Anne Rice)
Asking About Sex and Growing Up by Joanna Cole
Cujo by Stephen King
James and the Giant Peach by Roald Dahl
The Anarchist Cookbook by William Powell
Boys and Sex by Wardell Pomeroy
Ordinary People by Judith Guest
60 American Psycho by Bret Easton Ellis

What's Happening to my Body? Book for Boys: A Growing-Up Guide for Parents & Sons by Lynda Madaras
Are You There, God? It's Me, Margaret by Judy Blume
Crazy Lady by Jane Conly
Athletic Shorts by Chris Crutcher
Fade by Robert Cormier
Guess What? by Mem Fox
The House of Spirits by Isabel Allende
The Face on the Milk Carton by Caroline Cooney
70 Slaughterhouse-Five by Kurt Vonnegut

Lord of the Flies by William Golding
Native Son by Richard Wright
Women on Top: How Real Life Has Changed Women's Fantasies by
Nancy Friday
Curses, Hexes and Spells by Daniel Cohen
Jack by A.M. Homes
Bless Me, Ultima by Rudolfo A. Anaya
Where Did I Come From? by Peter Mayle
Carrie by Stephen King
Tiger Eyes by Judy Blume
80 On My Honor by Marion Dane Bauer

Arizona Kid by Ron Koertge
Family Secrets by Norma Klein
Mommy Laid An Egg by Babette Cole
The Dead Zone by Stephen King
The Adventures of Tom Sawyer by Mark Twain
Song of Solomon by Toni Morrison
Always Running by Luis Rodriguez
Private Parts by Howard Stern
Where's Waldo? by Martin Hanford
90 Summer of My German Soldier by Bette Greene

Little Black Sambo by Helen Bannerman
Pillars of the Earth by Ken Follett
Running Loose by Chris Crutcher
Sex Education by Jenny Davis
The Drowning of Stephen Jones by Bette Greene
Girls and Sex by Wardell Pomeroy
How to Eat Fried Worms by Thomas Rockwell
View from the Cherry Tree by Willo Davis Roberts
The Headless Cupid by Zilpha Keatley Snyder
The Terrorist by Caroline Cooney
100 Jump Ship to Freedom by James Lincoln Collier and Christopher Collier

Most challenged books of 2004

1. "The Chocolate War" for sexual content, offensive language,
religious viewpoint, being unsuited to age group and violence

2. "Fallen Angels" by Walter Dean Myers, for racism, offensive
language and violence

3. "Arming America: The Origins of a National Gun Culture" by Michael A. Bellesiles, for inaccuracy and political viewpoint

4. Captain Underpants series by Dav Pilkey, for offensive language and modeling bad behavior  (LOLOL!!)

5. "The Perks of Being a Wallflower" by Stephen Chbosky, for
homosexuality, sexual content and offensive language

6. "What My Mother Doesn't Know" by Sonya Sones, for sexual content and offensive language

7. "In the Night Kitchen" by Maurice Sendak, for nudity and offensive language

8. "King & King" by Linda de Haan and Stern Nijland, for homosexuality

9. "I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings" by Maya Angelou, for racism, homosexuality, sexual content, offensive language and unsuited to age group

10. "Of Mice and Men" by John Steinbeck, for racism, offensive
language and violence

Top Ten Challenged Authors 1990 to 2004
1. Alvin Schwartz
2. Judy Blume
3. Robert Cormier
4. J.K. Rowling
5. Michael Willhoite
6. Katherine Paterson
7. Stephen King
8. Maya Angelou
9. R.L. Stine
10. John Steinbeck

2004 Most Challenged Authors
1 Phyllis Reynolds Naylor, author of the Alice series
2 Robert Cormier, author of The Chocolate War and We All Fall Down
3 Judy Blume, author of Blubber, Forever, and Deenie
4 Toni Morrison, author of The Bluest Eye, Beloved and Song of Solomon
5 Chris Lynch, author of Extreme Elvin and Iceman
6 Barbara Park, author of the Junie B. Jones series (LOL)
7 Gary Paulsen, author of Nightjohn and The Beet Fields: Memories of a Sixteenth Summer
8 Dav Pilkey, author of The Captain Underpants series
9 Maurice Sendak, author of In the Night Kitchen
10 Sonya Sones, author of What My Mother Doesn't Know


lurkynat said...

interesting blog you go girl!

jmorancoyle said...

    That list is incredible. Some of my absolute favorite books are on here, and so are some of the best authors in the country. My daughter just read a few of these books as an assignment in middle school. I'm glad she did. She just finished Of Mice and Men. This is incredibly sad. Just the idea that someone should tell me that I can't read about nudity, racism, offensive behavior, sexual content, or even what is modeling bad behavior to my child is wrong. I thought this was America.

gabreaelinfo said...

You know there are several authors out there that have bounties on their heads from radical Islamics. I don't see any of them on your list.