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Did you know that “over this recent past decade, 5099* challenges were reported to the Office for Intellectual Freedom” (“Frequently challenged books,” para. 3)?

Did you also know that in 2012 alone there were “464 challenges as reported by the Office for Intellectual Freedom” (“Frequently challenged books,” para. 9)?

Here are the Top Ten Challenged Books for 2012:

  • Captain Underpants (series), by Dav Pilkey.
    Reasons: Offensive language, unsuited for age group
  • The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian, by Sherman Alexie.
    Reasons: Offensive language, racism, sexually explicit, unsuited for age group
  • Thirteen Reasons Why, by Jay Asher.
    Reasons: Drugs/alcohol/smoking, sexually explicit, suicide, unsuited for age group
  • Fifty Shades of Grey, by E. L. James.
    Reasons: Offensive language, sexually explicit
  • And Tango Makes Three, by Peter Parnell and Justin Richardson.
    Reasons: Homosexuality, unsuited for age group
  • The Kite Runner, by Khaled Hosseini.
    Reasons: Homosexuality, offensive language, religious viewpoint, sexually explicit
  • Looking for Alaska, by John Green.
    Reasons: Offensive language, sexually explicit, unsuited for age group
  • Scary Stories (series), by Alvin Schwartz
    Reasons: Unsuited for age group, violence
  • The Glass Castle, by Jeanette Walls
    Reasons: Offensive language, sexually explicit
  • Beloved, by Toni Morrison
    Reasons: Sexually explicit, religious viewpoint, violence

 (“Frequently challenged books,” para. 10).

For more information on Banned Books Week, or learn more about banned/challenged books visit:  

http://bannedbooksweek.org/

http://www.ala.org/bbooks/bannedbooksweek

Also, take a look the American Psychological Association’s timeline of popular banned and challenged books entitled:

Timeline: 30 Years of Liberating Literature

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