Harry Potter tops list of decade's most banned/challenged books
This week the association released its last of the most challenged books of 2009, and then the decade. Yesterday I wrote about how the books in the “Twilight Saga” had joined the annual list of challenged books.
The most challenged books for 2009 were the four books in the “ttyl” series written by Lauren Myracle: "ttyl," "ttfn," "l8r," and "g8r." Reasons cited by those making the challenge were Nudity, Sexually Explicit, Offensive Language, Unsuited to Age Group, Drugs.
What’s a challenge? It is a formal, written complaint, filed with a library or school, requesting that materials be removed or restricted because of content or appropriateness.
For nearly 20 years, the library association’s Office for Intellectual Freedom has collected reports on book challenges. But the office believes that a majority of challenges go unreported and that its statistics reflect only 20-25 percent of the ones that are actually filed.
Topping the list for the years 2000-2009, on the list of the 100 Most Frequently Challenged Books of the Decade, is the Harry Potter series by J.K. Rowling, frequently challenged for various issues including occult/Satanism and anti-family themes.
For the previous decade, from 1990-1999, the most challenged books were the "Scary Stories" series by Alvin Schwartz. Reasons cited for challenges were Occult/Satanism, Religious Viewpoint, Violence. But in the year 2009, these books dropped off the top 10 most challenged books.
Here are the top 50 books of the last decade, and you can find the rest at http://tinyurl.com/top100fcb.
Top 50 Banned/Challenged Books: 2000-2009
1 Harry Potter (series), by J.K. Rowling
2 Alice series, by Phyllis Reynolds Naylor
3 The Chocolate War, by Robert Cormier
4 And Tango Makes Three, by Justin Richardson/Peter Parnell
5 Of Mice and Men, by John Steinbeck
6 I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings, by Maya Angelou
7 Scary Stories (series), by Alvin Schwartz
8 His Dark Materials (series), by Philip Pullman
9 TTYL; TTFN; L8R, G8R (series), by Myracle, Lauren
10 The Perks of Being a Wallflower, by Stephen Chbosky
11 Fallen Angels, by Walter Dean Meyers
12 It’s Perfectly Normal, by Robie Harris
13 Captain Underpants (series), by Dav Pilkey
14 The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn, by Mark Twain
15 The Bluest Eye, by Toni Morrison
16 Forever, by Judy Blume
17 The Color Purple, by Alice Walker
18 Go Ask Alice, by Anonymous
19 Catcher in the Rye, by J.D. Salinger
20 King and King, by Linda de Haan
21 To Kill A Mockingbird, by Harper Lee
22 Gossip Girl (series), by Cecily von Ziegesar
23 The Giver, by Lois Lowry
24 In the Night Kitchen, by Maurice Sendak
25 Killing Mr. Griffen, by Lois Duncan
26 Beloved, by Toni Morrison
27 My Brother Sam Is Dead, by James Lincoln Collier
28 Bridge To Terabithia, by Katherine Paterson
29 The Face on the Milk Carton, by Caroline B. Cooney
30 We All Fall Down, by Robert Cormier
31 What My Mother Doesn’t Know, by Sonya Sones
32 Bless Me, Ultima, by Rudolfo Anaya
33 Snow Falling on Cedars, by David Guterson
34 The Earth, My Butt, and Other Big, Round Things, by Carolyn Mackler
35 Angus, Thongs, and Full Frontal Snogging, by Louise Rennison
36 Brave New World, by Aldous Huxley
37 It’s So Amazing, by Robie Harris
38 Arming America, by Michael Bellasiles
39 Kaffir Boy, by Mark Mathabane
40 Life is Funny, by E.R. Frank
41 Whale Talk, by Chris Crutcher
42 The Fighting Ground, by Avi
43 Blubber, by Judy Blume
44 Athletic Shorts, by Chris Crutcher
45 Crazy Lady, by Jane Leslie Conly
46 Slaughterhouse-Five, by Kurt Vonnegut
47 The Adventures of Super Diaper Baby, by George Beard
48 Rainbow Boys, by Alex Sanchez
49 One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest, by Ken Kesey
50 The Kite Runner, by Khaled Hosseini
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| April 17, 2010; 10:57 AM ET
Categories: Literature, Reading | Tags: American Library Association, Harry Pottery, Harry Pottery and banned books, Twilight and banned books, Twilight books banned, Twilight joins banned list, banned books, censored books, censorship, challenged books, literature, reading
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