Librarians like to joke that if we moved all the banned and challenged books to the “restricted section”, it would be the most popular room in the library. In the spirit of this idea, I have created a list of my favorite banned books and the reasons they were challenged. Please comment below, with your favorites!
And Tango Makes Three by Justin Richardson - Anti-family, homosexuality, political viewpoint, religious viewpoint, unsuited for age group.
Brave New World by Aldous Huxley - Insensitivity, offensive language, racism, sexually explicit
The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time by Mark Haddon - Offensive language, religious viewpoint, unsuited for age group
The Handmaid’s Tale by Margaret Atwood - Profanity, sexually explicit, religious view point
Harry Potter by J.K. Rowling - Occult/Satanism
His Dark Materials trilogy by Philip Pullman - Political viewpoint, religious viewpoint, violence
The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins - Anti-ethnic, anti-family, insensitivity, offensive language, occult/satanic, violence
The Kite Runner by Khaled Hosseini - Offensive language, unsuited to age group, violence
Looking for Alaska by John Green - Offensive language, sexually explicit, and unsuited for age group
The Lovely Bones by Alice Sebold - Violence, religious view point, dubious morals
Skippyjon Jones by Judy Schachner - Challenged for depicting stereotypes of Mexican culture
Snow Falling on Cedars by David Guterson - Sexual content and offensive language
Speak by Laurie Halse Anderson - Glorification of drinking, cursing, and premarital sex
To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee - Offensive language, racism
Let's Collaborate! What is your favorite banned book? Comment below: