Banning books is so hard to do these days that the new phrase we use is “challenged.” Which makes sense. I mean, really does a list of books banned in North Korea or Iran have any purpose other than pointing out the obvious? What is more interested is seeing which books get challenged by self righteous citizens or groups in the context of a “free” society.
So let’s have a look.
Here is a list of the most frequently challenged books according to the American Library Association.
A challenge is defined as a formal, written complaint, filed with a library or school requesting that materials be removed because of content or appropriateness. The number of challenges reflects only incidents reported. We estimate that for every reported challenge, four or five remain unreported.
Of those listed for the last ten years, I’ve read:
Brave New World by Aldous Huxley
Twilight by Stephanie Meyer (only saw the movie! … I have a teenage daughter)
To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee
The Catcher in the Rye by J.D. Salinger
The Kite Runner by Khaled Hosseini
The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn by Mark Twain
The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn by J.K. Rowling (the series)
Of Mice and Men by John Steinbeck
Yeah, I know, I don’t get out much. But of course, perhaps the same could be said of you! Have you read any banned books lately?