ALA Banned Books Week

It’s that time again. The American Library Association’s Banned Books Week is once more upon us. You can check out the list of 100 most challenged books for some ideas, but a few good selections would include:

  1. The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn by Mark Twain
  2. Harry Potter (Series) by J.K. Rowling
  3. The Adventures of Tom Sawyer by Mark Twain
  4. Of Mice and Men by John Steinbeck
  5. To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee

Those are just a few from the list of top 100, but there are scores more books that have been challenged over the years and some that have been outright banned at times. Pick one that looks interesting and celebrate your freedom by reading a banned book today.

11 thoughts on “ALA Banned Books Week

  1. They can’t ban ‘Of Mice And Men’ It was the only book my school actually owned. Their library collection will then be down to a few dozen mismatched version of romeo and fucking juliet (No that’s not some sort of pornographic version, just emphasising how much i ended up detesting that story by the time i finished my GCSE’s)

    It’s a shame to see ‘catcher in the rye’ so low, im sure it was in the top 10, but since that lists from 1999 im quite obviously wrong.

    Im going by the theory that the more a book gets banned, the better it is. Hope this theory proves to be right otherwise im going to have read ‘The New Joy of Gay Sex by Charles Silverstein’ for nothing.

  2. Of Mice And Men was required reading for my advanced english class in middle school.  It always amazes me that people have nothing better to do than try and block free speach in a country that was built on it.

  3. Where’s Waldo? is frequently challenged?  Seriously, why in the world would anyone challenge a children’s picture book???  I mean, I guess I can understand parents getting irritated if their high school children were forced to read as juvenile as Where’s Waldo?, but judging by the numbing of great literary pieces of work on the list, I seriously doubt that’s the case.

  4. Where’s Waldo is British in origin (released there under the name Where’s Wally?) so some of the pictures contain things that would easily offend overly prudish Americans. The reason cited for the challenging of Where’s Waldo is the topless woman that appears in the beach scene in one of the books.

  5. America will never fulfill its promise of democracy until idiots give up the game playing and recognize that we all have a right to read whatever we want.  Without that right, America is just Afghanistan with better weather.  But it’s really not about democracy here, it’s just about setting the agenda for everyone else and getting your group’s name in the paper.

  6. To Quote SEB- What the Fuck is wrong with you people? James and the Giant Peach? Part of Kids life in Britain. We have a Roald Dahl Kids centre in my town.

    Does any one not see the irony of ‘Brave New World being on the list?

    As for the comment on Wheres Waldo… Scott Adams once had to redraw Dilbert as Wally was bent over a desk for branding (like cattle) by his boss.  All the complaints related to the fact he had drawn the top of the ‘bum cleavage’, none thought branding by your boss inhumane.  God… sorry Darwin only knows what you lot would make of our tabloids that feature a topless woman on page 3 every day.

  7. What hyper-sensitive nutjob runs that madhouse? “Of Mice and Men” was an excellent book, and Mark Twain was a smart man!  It’s probably cause he uses profanity and hes not a CC (Catholic conservative).  Profanity provides emphasis, and I’m convinced that few people left in the world grasp that fast.  They should ban “She said yes” for the fact that the book was general garbage, essentially entailing that wow a girl hates her life and parents, then she embraces jesus, gets killed by clasmates who had dealt with people’s shit long enough, hers most luikely included, and goes to heaven, wow-wee.

    I weep for literature and art.  Bring me more anime and vampire novels!

  8. And let it be known that I will curse these people’s souls till hell come if they ban “The Catcher in the Rye” Best fuckin book ever made!

  9. this is retarted, seriously
    someone banned the bible!
    because they thought it was “perverted”
    well whoever banned that is wayy to sick in the head. man, you need medicine.

  10. sammy- no, the Bible isn’t perverted! No way!

    Happy shall he be, that taketh and dasheth thy little ones against the stones [killing the babies of God’s enemies comes up over and over, but this is the only place where the joy of killing babies is mentioned, as far as I know].
    -Psalms 137:9

    And they laid the ark of the LORD upon the cart, and the coffer with the mice of gold and the images of their emerods [hemmorhoids of gold God commanded them to make].
    -I Samuel 6:11

    Want more perversion from the Bible? There’s loads where that came from.

  11. The ALA are sooo damb stupid those are really good books that school teachers talk about every day, “To kill a Mocking bird” was banned because it was racist! A LOT of shit in the whole world is WAY more racist than that!!!!!!!!!!!! I am just so pissed right now I just found out about the shitty ALA right now. Proves that NOBODY CARES!!!!!

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