Behold, The Most Frequently Challenged Library Books In 2011

Most Frequently Challenged Books In 2011

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The American Library Association (ALA) has just put out its yearly list of most frequently challenged library books. During the past year, they received 326 reports of “attempts to remove or restrict materials from school curricula and library bookshelves.”

The reasons cited are, as is par for the course with this kind of thing, stupefying. 

For example, did you know there are Satanic/occultist themes in The Hunger Games? Or that To Kill A Mockingbird is inappropriate because it's about racism

Here's the full list: 

  • ttyl; ttfn; l8r, g8r (series) by Lauren Myracle
  • The Color of Earth (series) by Kim Dong Hwa
  • The Hunger Games trilogy by Suzanne Collins
  • My Mom’s Having A Baby! A Kid’s Month-by-Month Guide to Pregnancy by Dori Hillestad Butler
  • The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian by Sherman Alexie
  • Alice (series) by Phyllis Reynolds Naylor
  • Brave New World by Aldous Huxley
  • What My Mother Doesn’t Know by Sonya Sones
  • Gossip Girl (series) by Cecily Von Ziegesar
  • To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee

My question is: Why isn't Twilight on this list? Sparkly vampires get a pass and Harper Lee gets dinged? C'mon, America. 

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Miranda Moth's picture
Miranda Moth from Guelph, Ontario, Canada is reading The Maze Runner by James Dashner April 9, 2012 - 1:02pm

You should list the reasons with the books, now I want to know...

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misskokamon from San Francisco is reading The Moonlit Mind April 9, 2012 - 3:57pm

I honestly think The Hunger Games ought to be taught in schools, alongside books like Lord of the Flies and All's Quiet on the Western Front. These books, like all books, teach us and shape us and prepare us to use our brains for thinking -- not as storage dumps for the trash they force feed us on TV or in some magazines. 

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MD Cain April 9, 2012 - 11:24pm

Have to agree, the reasons are sort of important here.

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PandaMask from Los Angeles is reading More Than Human April 10, 2012 - 1:54pm

What shocks me is that I payed 10 dollars for the paperback of the Hunger Games. When it's five dollars on amazon, excluding shipping.

My two Lincolns on this is: (Whether or not people read this.)

1. Teach your kids about certain subject matter before they delve into it.

2. I hate when people gloss over racism and pretend it doesn't exist. Not only that but when people get angry because the n-word is written in certain books. Times were different back then, which should be understood. I saw the Roots series in the 7th grade, and it changed my life. It's subject matter that should be shown, but explained as well.

3. Times change, and you can't protect a kid forever. You just have to teach them and raise them the best you can and hope they make the best decisions.

4. I'd rather have a kid read a book, then get hammered with (as Misskokamon metioned) the trash on TV.

5. If anything becomes popular, famous, or successful it automatically gets questioned. People find all kinds of reasons to destroy it.

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eirikodin from Auburn, NY is reading Mediterranean Caper by Clive Cussler April 10, 2012 - 6:14pm

I find the bible racist because it says we can have and beat our slaves.  Maybe we should ban that too.  Plus there's a ton satanic and occultist themes found throughout.

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Chris Johnson from Burlington NC is reading The Proud Highway April 10, 2012 - 9:35pm

I don't think The Hunger Games should be taught in schools. Battle Royale would be a better choice. Watch the movie and have the kids write an essay of why the film is important. Perhaps you'd have a few bright young minds who point out the watering-down Suzanne Collins put on that great flick.

That aside, the Alexie is superb. He usually is though.