Banned Books Week: Top Ten Most Challenged Books of 2006

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Banned Books Week 2007 is now underway! To start things off, here is the list of top ten most frequently challenged books of 2006, as compiled by the American Library Association:

  1. And Tango Makes Three by Justic Richardson and Peter Parnell. Challenged for homosexuality, “anti-family” content, and being unsuitable for age group.
  2. Gossip Girls series by Cecily Von Ziegesar. Challenged for homosexualiy, sexual content, drup guse, being unsuited to age group, and offensive language.
  3. Alice series by Phyllis Reynolds Naylor. Challenged for sexual content and offensive language.
  4. The Earth, My Butt, and Other Big Round Things by Carolyn Mackler. Challenged for sexual content, “anti-family” content, offensive language, and being unsuited to age group.
  5. The Bluest Eye by Toni Morrison. Challenged for sexual content, offensive language, and being unsuited to age group.
  6. Scary Stories series by Alvin Schwartz. Challenged for occult themes, being unsuitable for age group, violence, and insensitivity.
  7. Athletic Shorts by Chris Crutcher. Challenged for homosexuality and offensive language.
  8. The Perks of Being a Wallflower by Stephen Chbosky. Challenged for homosexuality, sexually explicit content, offensve language, and being unsuited to age group.
  9. Beloved by Toni Morrison. Challenged for offensive language, sexual content, and being unsuited for age group.
  10. The Chocolate War by Robert Cormier. Challenged for sexual content and offensive language.


And remember, as the ALA reminds us in the press release linked above, this is only based on the number of challenges reported. They say that for every one incident reported, four or five probably go unreported, so the number and variety of books challenged in communities every day may be even scarier still.

So if you’re looking to exercise your freedom by reading a banned book, this list is probably as good a place as any to start. Personally, I recommend The Perks of Being a Wallflower, but your mileage may vary. Happy Banned Reading!

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