Sunday, September 26, 2010

100 most frequently challenged books: 1990–1999

100 most frequently challenged books: 1990–1999

I'm doing the last decade instead of this decade as that's when I was in school, so this list is a little more in sync with what I've read. Books I've read appear in blue. I've read 29 which seems low. Of course with all the lists out there of banned and challenged books, I've actually read more than that. And without exception, every single banned book I've read was excellent. Funny, I doubt you could put together a better list of recommended reading!

1.Scary Stories (Series), by Alvin Schwartz
2.Daddy’s Roommate, by Michael Willhoite
3.I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings, by Maya Angelou
4.The Chocolate War, by Robert Cormier
5.The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn, by Mark Twain
6.Of Mice and Men, by John Steinbeck
7.Forever, by Judy Blume
8.Bridge to Terabithia, by Katherine Paterson
9.Heather Has Two Mommies, by Leslea Newman
10.The Catcher in the Rye, by J.D. Salinger
11.The Giver, by Lois Lowry
12.My Brother Sam is Dead, by James Lincoln Collier and Christopher Collier
13.It’s Perfectly Normal, by Robie Harris
14.Alice (Series), by Phyllis Reynolds Naylor
15.Goosebumps (Series), by R.L. Stine
16.A Day No Pigs Would Die, by Robert Newton Peck
17.The Color Purple, by Alice Walker
18.Sex, by Madonna
19.Earth’s Children (Series), by Jean M. Auel
20.The Great Gilly Hopkins, by Katherine Paterson
21.In the Night Kitchen, by Maurice Sendak
22.The Witches, by Roald Dahl
23.A Wrinkle in Time, by Madeleine L’Engle
24.The New Joy of Gay Sex, by Charles Silverstein
25.Go Ask Alice, by Anonymous
26.The Goats, by Brock Cole
27.The Stupids (Series), by Harry Allard
28.Anastasia Krupnik (Series), by Lois Lowry
29.Final Exit, by Derek Humphry
30.Blubber, by Judy Blume
31.Halloween ABC, by Eve Merriam
32.Julie of the Wolves, by Jean Craighead George
33.Kaffir Boy, by Mark Mathabane
34.The Bluest Eye, by Toni Morrison
35.What’s Happening to my Body? Book for Girls: A Growing-Up Guide for Parents & Daughters, by Lynda Madaras
36.Fallen Angels, by Walter Dean Myers
37.The Handmaid’s Tale, by Margaret Atwood
38.The Outsiders, by S.E. Hinton
39.The Pigman, by Paul Zindel
40.To Kill a Mockingbird, by Harper Lee
41.We All Fall Down, by Robert Cormier
42.Deenie, by Judy Blume
43.Flowers for Algernon, by Daniel Keyes
44.Annie on my Mind, by Nancy Garden
45.Beloved, by Toni Morrison
46.The Boy Who Lost His Face, by Louis Sachar
47.Cross Your Fingers, Spit in Your Hat, by Alvin Schwartz
48.Harry Potter (Series), by J.K. Rowling
49.Cujo, by Stephen King
50.James and the Giant Peach, by Roald Dahl
51.A Light in the Attic, by Shel Silverstein

52.Ordinary People, by Judith Guest
53.American Psycho, by Bret Easton Ellis
54.Brave New World, by Aldous Huxley

55.Sleeping Beauty Trilogy, by A.N. Roquelaure (Anne Rice)
56.Bumps in the Night, by Harry Allard
57.Asking About Sex and Growing Up, by Joanna Cole
58.What’s Happening to my Body? Book for Boys: A Growing-Up Guide for Parents & Sons, by Lynda Madaras
59.The Anarchist Cookbook, by William Powell
60.Are You There, God? It’s Me, Margaret, by Judy Blume
61.Boys and Sex, by Wardell Pomeroy
62.Crazy Lady, by Jane Conly
63.Athletic Shorts, by Chris Crutcher
64.Killing Mr. Griffin, by Lois Duncan
65.Fade, by Robert Cormier
66.Guess What?, by Mem Fox
67.Slaughterhouse-Five, by Kurt Vonnegut
68.Lord of the Flies, by William Golding
69.Native Son by Richard Wright
70.Women on Top: How Real Life Has Changed Women’s Fantasies, by Nancy Friday
71.Curses, Hexes and Spells, by Daniel Cohen
72.On My Honor, by Marion Dane Bauer
73.The House of Spirits, by Isabel Allende
74.Jack, by A.M. Homes
75.Arizona Kid, by Ron Koertge
76.Family Secrets, by Norma Klein
77.Mommy Laid An Egg, by Babette Cole
78.Bless Me, Ultima, by Rudolfo A. Anaya
79.Where Did I Come From?, by Peter Mayle
80.The Face on the Milk Carton, by Caroline Cooney
81.Carrie, by Stephen King
82.The Dead Zone, by Stephen King
83.The Adventures of Tom Sawyer, by Mark Twain
84.Song of Solomon, by Toni Morrison
85.Always Running, by Luis Rodriguez
86.Private Parts, by Howard Stern
87.Where’s Waldo?, by Martin Hanford
88.Summer of My German Soldier, by Bette Greene
89.Tiger Eyes, by Judy Blume
90.Little Black Sambo, by Helen Bannerman
91.Pillars of the Earth, by Ken Follett

92.Running Loose, by Chris Crutcher
93.Sex Education, by Jenny Davis
94.Jumper, by Steven Gould
95.Christine, by Stephen King
96.The Drowning of Stephen Jones, by Bette Greene
97.That Was Then, This is Now, by S.E. Hinton
98.Girls and Sex, by Wardell Pomeroy
99.The Wish Giver, by Bill Brittain
100.Jump Ship to Freedom, by James Lincoln Collier and Christopher Collier


Teacher/Learner said...

James & the Giant Peach? WHERE'S WALDO?! Seriously?!? Wow, if that isn't a sign of censorship overkill, I don't know what is! I totally agree--this is a great reading list :oD

Jennifer Perry said...

When I lived in a suburb of Atlanta GA, it was embarrasing to see the protests against Harry Potter and the like. I wondered if these were the same parents who would camp outside the local shopping mall to be first in line when stores opened to get the newest Beanie Babies or X-boxes.
Just wondered, that's all. Well, not all, but I'll stop before I go into a full on rant.

Madame Perry's Salon at blogspot

Lesa said...

It is astounding the books people want to ban. I've read 18 off this list but many more from other lists.

Mrs. BG now has a facebook group and on our profile for political views we wrote: Read Banned Books!
Guess that could go in the religious views spot too.

JP: the rural county paper here has published editorials from locals urging a banning of Potter -- I felt embarrassed too. One parent of a 3rd grader at school told me 'No Potter'--- but the child listened to music by Eminem.???????

Carin Siegfried said...

@Teacher, James is a book I hope to reread next year! I think they don't like that he disobeys his aunts. And Waldo I don't understand either. The dictionary actually appears on a lot of these lists too, hah!

@JP and Lesa,
the only thing I can see about HP is that the later books in the series can have topics (death especially) that's a little past the maturity level of a lot of 3rd graders, but banning isn't the solution - parenting is! Wow, a 3rd grader listening to Eminem? That's child neglect, sounds like to me! I'm not sure most adults are mature enough to listen to his music! :)

Kate said...

"The Witches"?! What's wrong with these people??? I'm always amazed at how any book that educates about sex or sexuality is challenged. I find it so infuriating!

Great post - a very important topic. I linked this as part of my Friday Five!

Christopher said...

I've read 16 on the list, and I'm baffled by the inclusion of any of them. I worry about the world around us, I truly do. Great posting, and important too. Have a wonderful weekend! Cheers! Chris