Banned Books


What are banned books?  What does that mean?  What is banned books week?

Banned Books Week is the national book community’s annual celebration of the freedom to read. Hundreds of libraries and bookstores around the country draw attention to the problem of censorship by mounting displays of challenged books and hosting a variety of events.

Banned Books Week was launched in 1982 in response to a sudden surge in the number of challenges to books in schools, bookstores and libraries. More than 11,300 books have been challenged since 1982 according to the American Library Association. There were 307 challenges reported to the Office of Intellectual Freedom in 2013, and many more go unreported.


For many years now I have been a HUGE advocate for banned books.  Here is a list of banned book reviews and other banned book topics of interest.




Banned/Challenged  Books List



The below listed books are reviews and the reasons why they were banned/challenged


A Prayer For Owen Meany by John Irving

Are You There God?  It’s My Margaret by Judy Blume

Beloved by Toni Morrision

Brave New World by Aldous Huxley

Catching Fire by Suzanne Collins

Charlotte’s Web by E B White

Ella Minnow Pea by Mark Dunn (not a banned book but about censorship)

Fahrenheit 451 by Ray Bradbury

Flowers In The Attic by VC Andrews

Freedom Writer’s Diary by Zlata Filipovic

Gone With The Wind by Margaret Mitchell

Harry Potter and The Chamber Of Secrets by JK Rowling

Harry Potter and The Deathly Hallows by JK Rowling

Harry Potter and The Half Blood Prince by JK Rowling

Harry Potter and the ORDER Of The Phoenix by JK Rowling

Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone by JK Rowling

Harry Potter and The Prisoner of Azkaban by JK Rowling

Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone by JK Rowling

Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins

In Cold Blood by Truman Capote

Lady Chatterly’s Lover by D H Lawrence

Looking For Alaska by John Green

Mrs. Dalloway by Virginia Woolf

NIGHT by Eli Wiesel

Of Mice and Men by John Steinbeck

Prep by Curtis Sentenfield

SPEAK by Laurie Halse Anderson

Their Eyes Were Watching God by Zora Neale Hurston

The Absolute True Diary Of A  Part Time Indian by Sherman Alexie

The Chocolate War by Robert Cormier

The Color Purple by Alice Walker

The Face On The Milk Carton by Caroline B Cooney

The Giver by Lois Lowry

The Glass Castle by Jeanette Walls

The Kite Runner by Khaled Hosseini

The Lorax by Dr. Suess

The Lord Of The Flies by William Golding

The Lovely Bones by Alice Sebold

The Perks Of Being a Wallflower by Stephen Chbosky

The Wizard Of Oz by Frank Baum

To Kill A Mockingbird by Harper Lee

Twenty Boy Summer by Sarah Ockler

Twilight by Stephenie Meyer

Water For Elephants by Sara Gruen

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