Posts Tagged ‘Banned books’

Top Ten Most Challenged Books of 2016

Banned Books Week – Take the Challenge

diversity-banner-website-780x300-v1Did you read the Harry Potter books? Thank a librarian.

Did you enjoy Tom Sawyer and Huckleberry Finn? Thank a librarian.

What about books by Ray Bradbury, Judy Blume, Stephen King, J. D. Salinger, and Toni Morrison? Their books can be found on library shelves because librarians support your right to read what you choose.

The Challenge

Browse the stacks of the BSC Library to find books whose spines have been covered with a BANNED BOOK label. You may be surprised to find that some of your favorite books have been challenged.

For more information, visit


Read Whatever You Want!

BBW bannerBanned Books Week – September 27 – October 3, 2015 

An annual celebration of the freedom to read

According to ALA (American Library Association), “more than 11,300 books have been challenged since 1982 … 311 challenges [were] reported to the Office for Intellectual Freedom in 2014, and many more go unreported.”

10 Most Challenged Titles of 2014 

  1. The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-time Indian by Sherman Alexie (2008 BSC Campus Read selection)
  2. Persepolis by Marjane Satrapi (2009 BSC Campus Read selection)
  3. And Tango Makes Three by Justin Richardson and Peter Parnell
  4. The Bluest Eye by Toni Morrison
  5. It’s Perfectly Normal by Robie Harris
  6. Saga by Brian Vaughan and Fiona Staples
  7. The Kite Runner by Khaled Hosseini
  8. The Perks of Being a Wallflower by Stephen Chbosky
  9. A Stolen Life by Jaycee Dugard
  10. Drama by Raina Telgemeier

For more info, visit ALA’s frequently challenged books, including its top ten most frequently challenged books lists since 2001.

Artwork courtesy of the American Library Association

Read Out! Today

Celebrate Your Freedom to Read

Banned Books Week 2011

Read Out! Today

Wednesday, September 28

Noon to 1 p.m.

BSC Library

Join us for readings from books that have been banned or challenged

P.S.  There will be cookies

Banned Books Read Out – September 28

“You don’t have to burn books to destroy a culture. Just get people to stop reading them.” — Ray Bradbury 

Celebrate Your Freedom to Read
Banned Books Week 2011
Read Out!

Wednesday, September 28, 2011
Noon to 1 p.m.
BSC Library

Join us for readings by Dan Rogers’ Oral Interpretation class and other guest readers from books that have been banned or challenged.

Banned Books Week
September 24 – October 1, 2011

Banned Books Read Out – September 28

The BSC Library will observe Banned Books Week with a Read Out at the BSC Library on September 28.   We’ll post more details as we get closer to the date.

In the meantime, consider reading a banned book or two … you’ll find books of all kinds on the lists of frequently challenged books maintained by ALA (American Library Association).  In fact, you may be very surprised by what has been banned over the years and the reasons why.

Book banning happens often.   In fact, here’s a story posted just last week:  two books were removed from the high school library in Republic, Missouri.

Top Ten Most Frequently Challenged Books of 2010

ALA’s Office of Intellectual Freedom has issued its annual list of Top Ten  Most Frequently Challenged Books for 2010.  The list includes the following titles and the reasons given for challenging the book. 

1.  And Tango Makes Three by Peter Parnell and Justin Richardson 

  • Reasons: Homosexuality, Religious viewpoint, Unsuited to age group

2.  The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian by Sherman Alexie [Note: BSC’s 2008 Campus Read selection]

  • Reasons: Offensive language, Racism, Sex education, Sexually explicit, Unsuited to age group, Violence 

3.  Brave New World by Aldous Huxley

  • Reasons: Insensitivity, Offensive language, Racism, Sexually explicit

4.  Crank by Ellen Hopkins 

  • Reasons: Drugs, Offensive language, Sexually explicit

5.  The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins

  • Reasons: Sexually explicit, Unsuited to age group, Violence

6.  Lush by Natasha Friend

  • Reasons: Drugs, Offensive language, Sexually explicit, Unsuited to age group

7.  What My Mother Doesn’t Know by Sonya Sones

  • Reasons: Sexism, Sexually explicit, Unsuited to age group

8.  Nickel and Dimed: On (Not) Getting By In America by Barbara Ehrenreich  [Note: BSC’s 2006 Campus Read selection]

  • Reasons: Drugs, Inaccurate, Offensive language, Political viewpoint, Religious viewpoint 

9.  Revolutionary Voices edited by Amy Sonnie 

  • Reasons: Homosexuality, Sexually explicit

10.  Twilight by Stephenie Meyer

  • Reasons: Religious viewpoint, Violence

For more information on book challenges and censorship, visit the OIF Banned Books Week Web site at