Author Archives: Alisa Mizikar

Banned Books Week, September 22-28

Artwork courtesy of the American Library Association

Artwork courtesy of the American Library Association

It’s Banned Books Week! Celebrate your freedom to READ! Check out our display of banned and challenged books in the lobby of Thomas Library.

Top 10 Banned and Challenged Books of 2012!

  1. Captain Underpants (series), by Dav Pilkey.

    Reasons: Offensive language, unsuited for age group

  2. The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian, by Sherman Alexie.

    Reasons: Offensive language, racism, sexually explicit, unsuited for age group

  3. Thirteen Reasons Why, by Jay Asher.

    Reasons: Drugs/alcohol/smoking, sexually explicit, suicide, unsuited for age group

  4. Fifty Shades of Grey, by E. L. James.

    Reasons: Offensive language, sexually explicit

  5. And Tango Makes Three, by Peter Parnell and Justin Richardson.

    Reasons: Homosexuality, unsuited for age group

  6. The Kite Runner, by Khaled Hosseini.

    Reasons: Homosexuality, offensive language, religious viewpoint, sexually explicit

  7. Looking for Alaska, by John Green.

    Reasons: Offensive language, sexually explicit, unsuited for age group

  8. Scary Stories (series), by Alvin Schwartz

    Reasons: Unsuited for age group, violence

  9. The Glass Castle, by Jeanette Walls

    Reasons: Offensive language, sexually explicit

  10. Beloved, by Toni Morrison

    Reasons: Sexually explicit, religious viewpoint, violence

From http://www.ala.org/bbooks/frequentlychallengedbooks/top10#2012 at the Office for Intellectual Freedom, American Library Association.