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Banned Books Week 2010

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September 29, 2010

This week is Banned Books Week; time to celebrate the freedom to read. The theme this year is Think for Yourself and Let Others Do the Same. See the list of books that were challenged the most often in 2009, and read a banned or challenged book today!.

Top 10 Most Frequently Challenged Books of 2009
(Out of 460 challenges as reported to the Office for Intellectual Freedom, American Library Association)

  1. ttyl; ttfn; l8r, g8r (series), by Lauren Myracle -- Reasons: drugs, nudity, offensive language, sexually explicit, unsuited to age group
  2. And Tango Makes Three by Peter Parnell and Justin Richardson -- Reasons: homosexuality
  3. The Perks of Being A Wallflower by Stephen Chbosky -- Reasons: anti-family, drugs, homosexuality, offensive language, religious viewpoint, sexually explicit, suicide, unsuited to age group
  4. To Kill A Mockingbird by Harper Lee -- Reasons: offensive language, racism, unsuited to age group
  5. Twilight (series) by Stephenie Meyer -- Reasons: religious viewpoint, sexually explicit, unsuited to age group​​​
  6. Catcher in the Rye by J.D. Salinger -- Reasons: offensive language, sexually explicit, unsuited to age group
  7. My Sister’s Keeper by Jodi Picoult -- Reasons: homosexuality, offensive language, religious viewpoint, sexism, sexually explicit,  unsuited to age group, violence
  8. The Earth, My Butt, and Other Big, Round Things by Carolyn Mackler -- Reasons: offensive language, sexually explicit, unsuited to age group
  9. The Color Purple by Alice Walker -- Reasons: offensive language, sexually explicit, unsuited to age group
  10. The Chocolate War by Robert Cormier -- Reasons: nudity, offensive language, sexually explicit, unsuited to age group

The complete list of Books Challenged or Banned in 2009-2010 is here.



Challenged Books Top 10