If you look on the Internet for a top ten list of banned books you’ll find about a thousand different lists with all different books on them. So here’s another one.
In no particular order, here is a list of ten of the most common books to be banned.
All the books on this list appear on more than one list of most commonly banned books and have been censored or banned in more than one year.
1) The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian, Sherman Alexie
Several schools in various states in the U.S. have either tried to ban or successfully banned this book from school libraries due to the racism, alcohol/drug use, vulgar language, and sexually explicit content depicted in the book.
2) Brave New World, Aldous Huxley
I talk about this book a bit yesterday, but my research for this post found that there is a multitude of reasons this has been banned or censored. From sexually explicit language to offensive stereotypes to simply lacking literary merit, Huxley’s novel gets no free passes.
3) And Tango Makes Three, Justin Richardson and Peter Parrell
I talked about this book a lot last Banned Books Week and you can read that post here. This one gets challenged and censored often due to it’s depiction of homosexuality.
4) The Perks of Being a Wallflower, Stephen Chbosky
Underage drinking/drug use, cursing, being sexually explicit, and homosexuality are the main reasons this book has been pulled from so many school libraries.
5) The Catcher in the Rye, J.D. Salinger
This book is the perfect example of what I said a few days ago. You ban a book and tell people they can’t read it and they’ll want to read it even more. With it’s constant challenge of authority and obscene language, The Catcher in the Rye has been called countless names and has even been accused of being the reason behind a few murders. It is constantly being removed from schools and yet it is still the second most taught book in schools. Ironic, isn’t it?
6) Slaughterhouse Five, Kurt Vonnegut
Seeing this book on so many banned books lists just makes me so much happier that I read it. Challenged and banned due to it’s crude language, sexuality, and violence, this book is often removed from school after parental and teacher complaints.
7) The Hunger Games, Suzanne Collins
Showing up on many lists for years, The Hunger Games has been banned due to being sexually explicit and for containing violence.
8) What My Mother Doesn’t Know, Sonya Sores
I’d never heard of this book before, but it kept showing up on the yearly censored books lists. It has been challenged in the U.S. due to sexually explicit content (what a shock) and sexism.
9) Scary Stories Series, Alvin Schwartz
Banned due to it’s violent content as well as insensitivity and Satanism. They know the stories are fake, right?
10) Captain Underpants, Dav Pilkey
Banned and censored because it’s sexually explicit (apparently) and contains offensive language (apparently).
You know what reasons showed up on almost every book? Not just these ten, but every book I saw on the websites I looked at. You know what the reasons are? ‘Sexually Explicit” and “Not suitable for age group”.
Can someone please explain to me what sexually explicit it? Cause I’ve read The Hunger Games, The Perks of Being a Wallflower, and Captain Underpants and I’m so confused as to how they fall into the same category.
Now, 50 Shades of Grey? That’s sexually explicit. Captain Underpants? Unless you’re read ’50 Shades of Underpants’ you’re going to have to tell me just how that’s sexually explicit.
And ‘unsuited to age group’? Come on people! The publisher obviously thought it was suited to the age group otherwise they wouldn’t have published it as such. And all the people who buy it and have no issue clearly think it’s suitable for the age group the books are aimed at.
If you think it’s unsuitable for your child, don’t read it to your child or don’t let your child read it. It’s 2015, stop banning books.
Have you read any of the books on this list?