One of the most unbelievable things I found were some of the reasons behind the rationals to ban a book. Go look at this list of Banned Books. You’ll see that Alice in Wonderland has been banned in China because of the portrayal of Anthropomorphized animals acting on the same level as humans. Black Beauty, Catcher in the Rye, Catch 22, Uncle Tom’s Cabin, The very Hungry Caterpillar… are just some of the well known and familiar books on these lists with equally baffling rationals for being banned. The lists go on and on. I’m sure each person or entity had a very ‘valid’ reason to see a book banned, at least in their mind, but I’m of a mind to allow others to make up their own minds. Not to mention that I believe if you tell someone they are FORBIDDEN to do something that’s all the more reason they want to do it.
The Online Books Page, ALA the American Library Association, Explore Banned Books, The Forbidden Library are just some of the places where you can read and learn more.
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
11. Heather Has Two Mommies by Leslea Newman
12. My Brother Sam is Dead by James Lincoln Collier and Christopher Collier
13. The Catcher in the Rye by J.D. Salinger
14. The Giver by Lois Lowry
15. It’s Perfectly Normal by Robie Harris
16. Goosebumps (Series) by R.L. Stine
17. A Day No Pigs Would Die by Robert Newton Peck
18. The Color Purple by Alice Walker
19. Sex by Madonna – don’t judge me, one of my friends used to love Madonna so I checked it out at her house one day. Said friend stopped loving Madonna once she read the book.
20. Earth’s Children (Series) by Jean M. Auel
21. The Great Gilly Hopkins by Katherine Paterson
22. A Wrinkle in Time by Madeleine L’Engle
23. Go Ask Alice by Anonymous
24. Fallen Angels by Walter Dean Myers
25. In the Night Kitchen by Maurice Sendak
26. The Stupids (Series) by Harry Allard
27. The Witches by Roald Dahl
28. The New Joy of Gay Sex by Charles Silverstein
29. Anastasia Krupnik (Series) by Lois Lowry
30. The Goats by Brock Cole
31. Kaffir Boy by Mark Mathabane
32. Blubber by Judy Blume
33. Killing Mr. Griffin by Lois Duncan
34. Halloween ABC by Eve Merriam
35. We All Fall Down by Robert Cormier
36. Final Exit by Derek Humphry
37. The Handmaid’s Tale by Margaret Atwood
38. Julie of the Wolves by Jean Craighead George
39. 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
41. To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee
42. Beloved by Toni Morrison
43. The Outsiders by S.E. Hinton
44. The Pigman by Paul Zindel
45. Bumps in the Night by Harry Allard
46. Deenie by Judy Blume
47. Flowers for Algernon by Daniel Keyes
48. Annie on my Mind by Nancy Garden
49. The Boy Who Lost His Face by Louis Sachar
50. Cross Your Fingers, Spit in Your Hat by Alvin Schwartz
51. A Light in the Attic by Shel Silverstein
52. Brave New World by Aldous Huxley
53. Sleeping Beauty Trilogy by A.N. Roquelaure (Anne Rice)
54. Asking About Sex and Growing Up by Joanna Cole
55. Cujo by Stephen King
56. James and the Giant Peach by Roald Dahl
57. The Anarchist Cookbook by William Powell
58. Boys and Sex by Wardell Pomeroy
59. Ordinary People by Judith Guest
60. American Psycho by Bret Easton Ellis
61. What’s Happening to my Body? Book for Boys: A Growing-Up Guide for Parents & Sons by Lynda Madaras
62. Are You There, God? It’s Me, Margaret by Judy Blume
63. Crazy Lady by Jane Conly
64. Athletic Shorts by Chris Crutcher
65. Fade by Robert Cormier
66. Guess What? by Mem Fox
67. The House of Spirits by Isabel Allende
68. The Face on the Milk Carton by Caroline Cooney
69. Slaughterhouse-Five by Kurt Vonnegut
70. Lord of the Flies by William Golding
71. Native Son by Richard Wright
72. Women on Top: How Real Life Has Changed Women’s Fantasies by Nancy Friday
73. Curses, Hexes and Spells by Daniel Cohen
74. Jack by A.M. Homes
75. Bless Me, Ultima by Rudolfo A. Anaya
76. Where Did I Come From? by Peter Mayle
77. Carrie by Stephen King
78. Tiger Eyes by Judy Blume
79. On My Honor by Marion Dane Bauer
80. Arizona Kid by Ron Koertge
81. Family Secrets by Norma Klein
82. Mommy Laid An Egg by Babette Cole
83. The Dead Zone by Stephen King
84. The Adventures of Tom Sawyer by Mark Twain
85. Song of Solomon by Toni Morrison
86. Always Running by Luis Rodriguez
87. Private Parts by Howard Stern
88. Where’s Waldo? by Martin Hanford
89. Summer of My German Soldier by Bette Greene
90. Little Black Sambo by Helen Bannerman
91. Pillars of the Earth by Ken Follett – just starting to read
92. Running Loose by Chris Crutcher
93. Sex Education by Jenny Davis
94. The Drowning of Stephen Jones by Bette Greene
95. Girls and Sex by Wardell Pomeroy
96. How to Eat Fried Worms by Thomas Rockwell
97. View from the Cherry Tree by Willo Davis Roberts
98. The Headless Cupid by Zilpha Keatley Snyder
99. The Terrorist by Caroline Cooney
100. Jump Ship to Freedom by James Lincoln Collier and Christopher Collier
Thanks for posting the banned book list; it really drives the point home. Most of my favorites are on the list, scary.
I’ve seen a few references to Maya Angelou, and ‘I know why the caged bird sings’ – check out Branford Marsalis – Buckshot Lefonque, (music album) – words put to music beautifully.
I’m glad you posted the links about bans, I’m off to check some of them out now.
Are these books all still challenged or just once was at some point in our history? If still happening, VERY scary! Actually, it’s scary that any book would be challenged…
“Flowers for Algernon”? I’ve read and I love dozens of books on the list, but this one is the least understandable to me. What on earth could anyone object to in it except for a tragic ending? Of course none of them nor any others should be banned. Only by freedom to learn many points of view can a democracy flourish.
I did read somewhere that Nancy Garden books were banned..never knew why
This list is unbelievable! And stupid!
Good post, though!
I love this list–and I use many of these where I teach in the public schools!
Wow that is amazing. I can’t believe some of them were banned. I know lots of these books. Some of these were studied by me in high school.
A lot of books I’ve read on that list. Never realized I was so controversial. There’s some great children’s books there that even our son has read.
I took a children’s literature course and we learned all about the banned books, and why. It still amazes me to see how many of those I have read as a child.
Seeing the list brought back facts I had forgotten, so thank you.
I love to look at that list and think just how many of those we’ve read in my family just this year alone!
There are some really GREAT children’s books on that list! I can’t believe it!