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Banned Books: Protecting Our Society or Infringing on Freedom of Speech?

Updated on September 25, 2013


Banned Books: Protecting Our Society or Infringing on Freedom of Speech?

Challenging or banning books is a practice as old as the history of writing books. Throughout time, governments, religious organizations, and other groups ban books determined as controversial or against societal norms. In the beginning, burning books was an effective means of destroying the controversial material because of limited printing. With larger publishing capability and the Internet's vast reach, burning books is a little less effective, but it is still done.

Challenging or banning books is not limited to a particular country or time period -- there are banned books in every country today. Every year in the U.S., hundreds of books are challenged to be removed from classrooms and libraries.

The debate is whether this is a good practice, not whether the practice exists. Pro banners cite authors' works are too immoral, deviant, and could cause aberrant behavior. Anti banners cite books should be protected for the authors' freedom of speech.

Is banning books a good idea for society? In my opinion, I don't think so. While I believe in the power of words and the need for social rules, I do not think banning books helps control society. I think banning books infringes on an author's freedom of speech and prevents people from experiencing new ideas.

Image Credit: American Library Association - Banned Books Week

ALA List of Banned or Challenged Books - 100 Banned Books: How Many Have You Read?

Banned Books Read - Celebrate Your Freedom To Read
Banned Books Read - Celebrate Your Freedom To Read

The ALA's Office for Intellectual Freedom (OIF) records the most challenged or banned over the years. The OIF has only been recording this data since 1990, so frequently banned authors or books prior to that date aren't included. Most of these books are considered "classic literary" in today's world, and actually 42 of the books are on the Radcliffe Publishing Course list of the century's top 100 novels.

Can you IMAGINE your life if censoring these books had been effective? For a moment, imagine these books banned forever -- and banned from every classroom, library, and home in every country across the globe.

Posters have commented that some of these books are "challenged" at the school level from being required reading or included in the school libraries. Find out why: Reasons for Frequently Challenged Books.

How many of these challenged or banned books have you read?

1. The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald

2. The Catcher in the Rye by J.D. Salinger

3. The Grapes of Wrath by John Steinbeck

4. To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee

5. The Color Purple by Alice Walker

6. Ulysses by James Joyce

7. Beloved by Toni Morrison

8. The Lord of the Flies by William Golding

9. 1984 by George Orwell

10. The Sound and the Fury by William Faulkner

11. Lolita by Vladmir Nabokov

12. Of Mice and Men by John Steinbeck

13. Charlotte's Web by E. B. White

14. A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man by James Joyce

15. Catch-22 by Joseph Heller

16. Brave New World by Aldous Huxley

17. Animal Farm by George Orwell

18. The Sun Also Rises by Ernest Hemingway

19. As I Lay Dying by William Faulkner

20. A Farewell to Arms by Ernest Hemingway

21. Heart of Darkness by Joseph Conrad

22. Winnie-the-Pooh by A. A. Milne

23. Their Eyes are Watching God by Zora Neale Hurston

24. Invisible Man by Ralph Ellison

25. Song of Solomon by Toni Morrison

26. Gone with the Wind by Margaret Mitchell

27. Native Son by Richard Wright

28. One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest by Ken Kesey

29. Slaughterhouse-Five by Kurt Vonnegut

30. For Whom the Bell Tolls by Ernest Hemingway

31. On the Road by Jack Kerouac

32. The Old Man and the Sea by Ernest Hemingway

33. The Call of the Wild by Jack London

34. To the Lighthouse by Virginia Woolf

35. Portrait of a Lady by Henry James

36. Go Tell it on the Mountain by James Baldwin

37. The World According to Garp by John Irving

38. All the King's Men by Robert Penn Warren

39. A Room with a View by E. M. Forster

40. The Lord of the Rings by J. R. R. Tolkien

41. Schindler's List by Thomas Keneally

42. The Age of Innocence by Edith Wharton

43. The Fountainhead by Ayn Rand

44. Finnegans Wake by James Joyce

45. The Jungle by Upton Sinclair

46. Mrs. Dalloway by Virginia Woolf

47. The Wonderful Wizard of Oz by L. Frank Baum

48. Lady Chatterley's Lover by D. H. Lawrence

49. A Clockwork Orange by Anthony Burgess

50. The Awakening by Kate Chopin

51. My Antonia by Willa Cather

52. Howards End by E. M. Forster

53. In Cold Blood by Truman Capote

54. Franny and Zooey by J.D. Salinger

55. The Satanic Verses by Salman Rushdie

56. Jazz by Toni Morrison

57. Sophie's Choice by William Styron

58. Absalom, Absalom! by William Faulkner

59. A Passage to India by E. M. Forster

60. Ethan Frome by Edith Wharton

61. A Good Man Is Hard to Find by Flannery O'Connor

62. Tender Is the Night by F. Scott Fitzgerald

63. Orlando by Virginia Woolf

64. Sons and Lovers by D. H. Lawrence

65. Bonfire of the Vanities by Tom Wolfe

66. Cat's Cradle by Kurt Vonnegut

67. A Separate Peace by John Knowles

68. Light in August by William Faulkner

69. The Wings of the Dove by Henry James

70. Things Fall Apart by Chinua Achebe

71. Rebecca by Daphne du Maurier

72. A Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy by Douglas Adams

73. Naked Lunch by William S. Burroughs

74. Brideshead Revisited by Evelyn Waugh

75. Women in Love by D. H. Lawrence

76. Look Homeward, Angel by Thomas Wolfe

77. In Our Time by Ernest Hemingway

78. The Autobiography of Alice B. Toklas by Gertrude Stein

79. The Maltese Falcon by Dashiell Hammett

80. The Naked and the Dead by Norman Mailer

81. Wide Sargasso Sea by Jean Rhys

82. White Noise by Don DeLillo

83. O Pioneers! by Willa Cather

84. Tropic of Cancer by Henry Miller

85. The War of the Worlds by H. G. Wells

86. Lord Jim by Joseph Conrad

87. The Bostonians by Henry James

88. An American Tragedy by Theodore Dreiser

89. Death Comes for the Archbishop by Willa Cather

90. The Wind in the Willows by Kenneth Grahame

91. This Side of Paradise by F. Scott Fitzgerald

92. Atlas Shrugged by Ayn Rand

93. The French Lieutenant's Woman by John Fowles

94. Babbitt by Sinclair Lewis

95. Kim by Rudyard Kipling

96. The Beautiful and the Damned by F. Scott Fitzgerald

97. Rabbit, Run by John Updike

98. Where Angels Fear to Tread by E. M. Forster

99. Main Street by Sinclair Lewis

100. Midnight's Children by Salman Rushdie

30 Years of Banned Books Week: 1982 - 2012

30th Anniversary of Banned Books Week 2012
30th Anniversary of Banned Books Week 2012

Banned Book Week and the Top Ten Challenged Books - September 22, 2013 - September 28, 2013

Banned Books Week is sponsored by the American Booksellers Association; American Booksellers Foundation for Free Expression; the American Library Association; American Society of Journalists and Authors; Association of American Publishers; and the National Association of College Stores. It is endorsed by the Center for the Book in the Library of Congress.

Thanks to librarians, teachers, and communities of concerned citizens, many books are not banned. One of the missions of Banned Books Week is to spread awareness of the dangers of limiting freedom of speech, while celebrating the power of words.

From the American Library Association: In 2011, 326 challenges were reported to the Office of Intellectual Freedom. The following books made the top most challenged books for 2011.

1. ttyl; ttfn; l8r, g8r (series), by Lauren Myracle

Reasons: offensive language; religious viewpoint; sexually explicit; unsuited to age group

2. The Color of Earth (series), by Kim Dong Hwa

Reasons: nudity; sex education; sexually explicit; unsuited to age group

3. The Hunger Games trilogy, by Suzanne Collins

Reasons: anti-ethnic; anti-family; insensitivity; offensive language; occult/satanic; violence

4. My Mom's Having A Baby! A Kid's Month-by-Month Guide to Pregnancy, by Dori Hillestad Butler

Reasons: nudity; sex education; sexually explicit; unsuited to age group

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

Reasons: offensive language; racism; religious viewpoint; sexually explicit; unsuited to age group

6. Alice (series), by Phyllis Reynolds Naylor

Reasons: nudity; offensive language; religious viewpoint

7. Brave New World, by Aldous Huxley

Reasons: insensitivity; nudity; racism; religious viewpoint; sexually explicit

8. What My Mother Doesn't Know, by Sonya Sones

Reasons: nudity; offensive language; sexually explicit

9. Gossip Girl (series), by Cecily Von Ziegesar

Reasons: drugs; offensive language; sexually explicit

10. To Kill a Mockingbird, by Harper Lee

Reasons: offensive language; racism

To learn more, please visit the ALA's site and information on Banned Books Week.

Should Certain Books Be Forbidden?
Should Certain Books Be Forbidden?

YOUR TURN! - What do you think?

Banned Books: Protecting Our Society or Infringing on Freedom of Speech?

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    • JenniferAkers LM 4 years ago

      @TanoCalvenoa: Well said.

    • TanoCalvenoa 4 years ago

      Banning books is like pretending certain things don't exist, a denial of reality.

    • Aunt-Mollie 4 years ago

      In the age of the Internet I believe it would be impossible to ban books. Only in countries where Internet access is restricted by dictators is it possible to ban books.

    • AdrienScott LM 4 years ago

      I don't believe any books should be banned. No topic should remain untalked about. Books widen our worlds and teach us things about life. They shape us in many ways.

      Yes some books cover controversial topics or things we might not want to talk about. Some books discuss terrible things that have happened. That doesn't mean they shouldn't be discussed. The more you know about a topic, the more you learn and understand it, the better you can prevent it from happening in the future or the better you come to understand how non-threatening it really is.

    • melissiaoliver 5 years ago

      No matter how much I disagree with a topic or way that a subject is presented, I don't think that we should use our own preferences as a justification for banning books. It is important to remember that as individuals we have free will, and so just because we may not like the ideas contained within a book, this does not mean that we have to read them, or read them to our children. Where I would draw the line is if a book was published that contained ideas that were a threat to security or peace, or were inciting hatred (although even then the lines are blurred - I despise Mein Kampf, but as a piece of history it should be accessible for people to read).

    • nelchee 5 years ago

      I don't think books should be censored, even though I may not agree with the views presented in it.

    • anonymous 5 years ago

      I was recently offended by four of Marion Zimmer Bradley's novels in her "Darkover" series. They all portray men (the entire male sex) as irrational, bombastic, incompetent, stinking mean MONSTERS, always looking for a chance to abuse women. The books are

      Two to Conquer

      The Shattered Chain

      Thendara House

      City of Sorcery

      Let's all ban these books, okay?

    • anonymous 5 years ago

      banning books is about as intelligent as French kissing a rattlesnake.

      on the list i got to 9 that i have read myself , it truly is good to see that both of ayn rands classics are there , the fountainhead and atlas shrugged.

      if more people were to read those , we would end up with far fewer people being diagnosed with acquired retardation,aka liberalism.

    • Sher Ritchie 5 years ago

      I'M AGAINST BANNING BOOKS. I was once in a school which subscribed to the 'ban books' mentality; the principal/etc came up with an 'approved' book list. All it had on it were a few (pedestrian) books about 'science experiments to do at home' and (horse novel) "Black Beauty"! Who decided "Black Beauty" was 'safe to read'? But you weren't allowed to ask questions like that at that school, one didn't even know who had created the 'safe booklist' so one could ask them about their methodology. I live in a family that loves books, I love books and I say books should be freely available. The most 'censorship' I want is a simple 'rating box' (like they have on movies) for some of the more extreme material - just so you know what to expect when you pick it up.

    • Jethro 5 years ago from Philippines

      Why they have to ban books? In the first place, most of us are living in a democratic country so we have rights to express our thoughts and opinions in a polite way. Besides, if they do that, it is automatically depriving our rights. Anyway, I wonder why "The Lord of the Rings" is included in Banned books as well the this one that made me laugh, (Winnie the Pooh). Great lens! :)

    • Abbie Wolff 5 years ago from Vermont, USA

      Banning books is equivalent to banning free speech. I can understand why people would prefer to protect their children from reading hate speech, like a book published in support of the KKK or Nazi opinions, how to make a bomb, why someone is a rapist (in support of rape), etc.... Yet, I still believe that banning or burning books is a moral judgment that squashes free speech. Yes, I abhor hateful acts, homophobia, racism, and the like, things which infest and infect our societies and hurt people, but... it's not right to tell people what they can and cannot say or think or believe. Period.

    • anonymous 5 years ago

      What is the mind like of the people that ban books? What makes them a leading authority on what we need to read? I have seen books banned that have made me wonder what is going on in the mind of the censor.

    • norma-holt 5 years ago

      Closing minds through prejudicial officialdom is a trip back to the Dark Ages. Banning books is abuse of our intelligence and should not be tolerated.

    • KamalaEmbroidery 5 years ago

      That's incredible! I read most of those books when I was in school. They were considered classics, literature. Instead of banning them, they should be used as opportunities to teach how to read a book critically.

    • Peggy Hazelwood 5 years ago from Desert Southwest, U.S.A.

      Books are banned by narrow minds.

    • SteveKaye 5 years ago

      The practice of banning books is counter to the fundamental concept of having a society based on personal freedom. In almost all cases the people who ban books are the ones we need to be afraid of.

    • anonymous 5 years ago

      Attempts at book banning spring from ignorance,fear, prejudice or a combination of the three. I may not agree with what someone else's choice of reading material but that doesn't give me the right to say no one should be able to read it. If you're afraid your kids will read something you don't approve, monitor what they read. You can decide what your kids should read--you can't decide what MINE should read. It's everyone's choice. Some people see a new idea, some see subversion. Some see a love story--others see pornography. It's simple: If you're an adult--the choice is yours. If you have children, by all means, oversee your children's choices. But don't try to make the choice for everyone.

    • anonymous 5 years ago

      As far as protecting "society" by restricting what books are permitted in school libraries, it's ultimately the parents' job to monitor what their children read and make that decision for their own families. Banning books altogether is a violation of free speech.

    • anonymous 5 years ago

      This is all about what is relevant and who decides that. Someone says, " Ban that book!" Who's said? By what standard? It's really an all or nothing proposition isn't it? What we allow in libraries is different than what we allow in your homes. Parents, watch your kids and we will not need to ban anything.

    • baby-strollers 5 years ago

      This is a great lens. Freedom is important at all costs - right up until you impinge on the freedoms of someone else. Otherwise, banning is out!

    • jenms lm 5 years ago

      I've read a good chunk of the books on the list and have always despised the practice of "challenging" books for removal - let alone banning them. I support freedom of speech.

    • IanMayfield 5 years ago

      It's true that most moves to ban books nowadays - in the West, at least - happen at the school level, but that's no excuse.

      If a parent doesn't want their child reading a particular book, that's their business, and - if it's a curriculum text - something they should take up with the teacher or school board with a view to assigning their delicate little muppet something less controversial as an alternative.

      Insisting that NO child should be able to read the book is busybodying at best and an abdication of parental responsibility at worst.

    • Bill 5 years ago from Gold Coast, Australia

      Books should never be banned. Same goes for information on the internet. I believe in freedom of speech and having the freedom to choose ourselves what is best for us and our children. We should have a right to choose based on all information presented, not just the information that the powers to be want us to see.

    • ChrissLJ 5 years ago

      Infringing. Most books are challenged because they don't fit with an individual's idea of right and wrong. For example, many books with LGBT characters have been challenged by religious groups because it goes against their religious beliefs. I don't believe any outside group should tell me what is or is not moral for me to read.

    • Alethia LM 5 years ago

      I don't like even the idea of banning books. If we feel that a book requires some discretion, maybe we should start thinking about implementing some sort of disclaimer at the front of such books. Or as we do for movies, rate them. Especially in America where we cherish the 1st amendment so much, it is completely and utterly wrong that we cannot read some books. I do disagree that some of the books on the list aren't really banned, though. Most of the books on the list I had read, were actually read because of school requirement. I am glad that at least my school was able to overlook some the derogatory terms and usages in the books (they are afterall written in a particular time period) and were able to commend the book for its literary value.

    • BunnyFabulous 5 years ago from Central Florida

      In general, I'm against the banning of books. However, there are levels of age-appropriateness for certain books. There are books with themes that probably aren't the wisest to have in an elementary school library.

    • MyTimeAlone 5 years ago

      Another instance of an individual or group beleiving they have the one and only right to decide what is good for everyone else. Nice job. I don't know why some commentors have stated things like, "for the most part" ... you either want to ban them or you do not. There is no fence sitting. You censor or not.

    • kathysart 5 years ago

      It is so ignorant to even consider banning ANY books.

    • Analogik 5 years ago

      I think it is up to the individual. People who would do harm to society would do so anyway, irrespective of the contents of the reading material.

    • June Campbell 5 years ago from North Vancouver, BC, Canada

      For the most part, I am opposed to banning books. I suppose I might oppose a book that clearly and obviously advocated genocide or child abuse or something along those lines. In such a case, I might think it should be banned. None of the books listed above should be banned, IMHO.

    • anonymous 5 years ago

      Since I'm an author, I obviously agree with you. At the same time, I do understand that certain books should not be read by children under a certain age...but primarily because they may not be able to truly understand what the author is saying. Of course, the solution to that problem is for the parents to determine what is suitable for the child as opposed to banning a book.

      Even there you have a caveat. What is appropriate for one child to read doesn't even come close to what is appropriate for another. Each child, each person is different.

    • writerkath 5 years ago

      I was truly surprised to see some of the titles on the list!

    • Heather Burns 5 years ago from Wexford, Ireland


    • Tamara Kajari 5 years ago from Zagreb, Croatia, Europe

      More reading, zero censorship and more quality talk about what's being read, especially in schools can only HELP bringing up open minded, tolerant and above all perceptive future generations. In stead of that we're living in a world that "takes care" of our reading choices, while young generations are being raised by the worst types of violence all over the media. How sad.

    • ourdailytrain 5 years ago

      What made John Milton so revolutionary in his day was that he was writing about the freedom of speech and freedom of the press in the mid-17th century. See the essay, "Areopagitica:"

    • cdevries 5 years ago

      Parents must guide their children's reading and religious and other groups should be free to guide their members, but books and ideas should be available.

    • anonymous 5 years ago

      Banning books just makes more people want to read them.

    • Lemming13 5 years ago

      No book should be banned, simply because the definition of what is unacceptable and dangerous is always a subjective one. I agree that some works are evil, and promote hatred. But legislation that bans one book can be turned on others at the discretion of those enforcing it, and they are human enough to not be trusted never to act on their own prejudices and codes of belief. I do think some books should only be made available to mature readers (16+), but that's the only limitation I'd impose.

    • lexxsweet 5 years ago

      The freedom of speech and open availability of all books regardless of content goes hand in hand with the ability if our youth to form their own conclusions about subjects. If parents are willing to talk to their children about uncomfortable topics we could be arming our future leaders with the ability of independent thought. How is that bad?

    • anonymous 5 years ago

      No banning of books, ever.

    • Mahogany LM 5 years ago

      It's simple really, I appreciate having the ability to choose. When a book is banned, that ability is taken away.

    • JoshK47 5 years ago

      Banning books is a terrible, terrible thing. It's like trying to kill an idea, and how are we ever going to develop as a society if we never learn as much as we can?

    • Nancy Tate Hellams 5 years ago from Pendleton, SC

      Banning Books is an infringement on our freedom. A parent can ban a child from reading a book but it is not the Governments responsibility

    • casquid 5 years ago

      Writers get the worst treatment of all professions. Fitting into a niche, just because it is "safe and protected" is wrong. I don't read everything there is written, but that is my choice. Those writers paid for their own publication, someone will buy their work.

    • anonymous 5 years ago

      Ban book bans! I've read so many of these. Most are literary classics. You can't ban artistic expression!

    • agoofyidea 5 years ago

      If you don't like it, don't read it. It's that simple. I don't have the right to tell you what to read and you have no right to tell me what to read. If something is hateful and people don't read it, it will go away. There are tons of diet books full of bad or harmful information and no one bans them. It seems that the people who want to ban books pick and choose based one emotional reasons, not logical ones. You stay out of my bookshelves and I'll stay out of yours. I hope everyone reads banned books, not just during banned book month, but every month of the year.

    • katiecolette 5 years ago

      At this day and age, I don't see how banned books wouldn't infringe on freedom of speech...

    • sidther lm 5 years ago

      I think that the best way to grow as humans and as a society is to learn from as many sources as possible- whether you agree or not with what you see, if you choose not to read a book, then that should be an individual choice, but that it should be up to the individual. I believe it was Walt Whitman who said "Re-examine all you have been told, dismiss what insults your soul" - his advice works in this way as well- the more books people are exposed to the more they can grow and they can choose to ignore whatever parts they do not agree with or find offensive.

    • adrianaheep lm 5 years ago

      I don't think any book should be banned, because it does infringe on freedom of speech. The books that you listed that I have read are wonderful books that I read as a teenager. In particular I love Heart of Darkness, A Clockwork Orange, the Awakening, Lord of the Flies, and the Great Gatsby. If people think a teenager isn't old enough to read those books, then should we have teenagers in high school reading Dr. Seuss? Perhaps they should read Twilight (no offense to twilight fans). Oh wait, Twilight might be too evil, because of vampires.

      In addition, teenagers are exposed to much more violent and sexual things through movies, video games, TV shows, and even the news.

    • cleanyoucar 5 years ago

      We are all given a right to choose =D. We're all adults, we should be responsible enough.

    • Nirmal Shah 5 years ago from India

      Banning books is like restricting one's freedom of expression. It should be left on the readers to read the particular book or not. Great lens though...

    • Mamaboo LM 5 years ago

      Books should never be banned. There are many I disagree with, but without the choice of reading them or not, I may be the one that loses out on just one small idea, that may change my life or others forever!

    • reasonablerobby 5 years ago

      I go along with age restricted material. However total banning of books for adults is a fearful reaction of an oppressive government. A ban begs the question 'what is the reason for the fear'.

      Inciting harm to others is a challenge in this context though.

    • anonymous 5 years ago

      Oh my!

    • anonymous 6 years ago

      banning books is not right! freedom of speech all the way!!!!!

    • jolou 6 years ago

      Some of the books on that list are quite surprising.

    • raegal75 6 years ago

      I was happy to see our local library had a table full of banned books for Banned Book Week. There's is nothing that banning a book does to protect our society. Books open minds and a person can choose to read or not read a book. Banning books is one step further to ban people from having opinions.

    • Nathalie Roy 6 years ago from France (Canadian expat)

      people have the right to read whatever they want. It's a personnal choice to read something or not to read it.

    • Marijoyce 6 years ago

      Absolutely great lens. Thanks for your nice comment on my bio page today. You are also an excellent writer, I can't wait to have more time to read your work here since it is very well done, and congrats as well on your LOTD lens as well.

    • LoKackl 6 years ago

      I have read all except Lolita, The French Lieutenant's woman, White Noise, Midnight's Children, The Autobiography of Alice B. Toklas, and Naked Lunch. So now I have my reading list for the near future. Thanks this list is amazing.

    • Vicki Green 6 years ago from Wandering the Pacific Northwest USA

      Banning books definitely infringes on freedom of speech - if you don't like a book - don't read it, but no one should take someone else's right to write or read a book it away.

    • anonymous 7 years ago

      Off course, it's Infringing on Freedom of Speech! Didn't know that September 25âOctober 2 is ALA's Banned Books Week....have coincidently wrote a blogpost on Banned Indian it goes...

    • Diana Grant 7 years ago from United Kingdom

      I've read about 25 of your listed books, but if you count seeing the film rather than reading the book, it's about 35.I also started a couple more which were completely indigestible.

      I agree we should be able to choose our own reading matter

    No way, Monkeybrain!

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      • Normyo Yonormyo 4 years ago

        If we do not want to educate readers, we need to ban books. But it is much easier to teach readers how to read and understand controversial books, then ban them. As banning is the same as creating ignorance, and ignorance is always more expensive than educating.

        Besides if we start banning books, soon all books are going to be banned, because every book has a flaw. Which means that at a certain moment everybody is ignorant and won't be able to distinguish between a book that should be banned or not. So we would end up were we are now, but only with losing all the great books that were written and banned in the mean time.

        So banning books is completely useless.

      • anonymous 5 years ago

        You can't address any subject, of issue or not, if you're not aware of the subject in the first place. Books break down barriers and illuminate truth, even the ugly truths. Lift the bans!!!!

      • NumbaOne-1 5 years ago

        Didn't see naked lunch, by William Burroughs on your list. Pretty much the real life 'scroty mcboogerballs'.

      • MobileAppMan 5 years ago

        Banning books is akin to putting a blindfold on your eyes and earplugs in your ears. These put you to sleep as banning books puts freedom to sleep. The choices for answers below aren't so helpful, by the way. Which one says that I am AGAINST banning books?

      • CherryTriggerCola 5 years ago

        I read many of these challenged books in high school as part of our curriculum and I feel it has shaped me into being a better. person. I actually read To Kill a Mockingbird in 4th grade as my own choice and to get a head start on the high school reading list. It is a book that has definitely shaped my life for the good rather than the bad. I agree that books that teach us how to kill others or do illegal things should banned but fiction work that deals with true struggles of life should not be. Any book in that challenged or banned list can be dispassionately discussed. It is the teacher or school's fault who decides to use that book for their own agenda like trying to brainwash us into certain beliefs. Banning or unbanning/not banning books is just a power struggle. If any of you paid attention in History or had a good enough teacher at some point in your school life, you learn that history is written by the winners and losers are silenced or it is hard to get information from their perspective.

      • DonMcCyclist1 5 years ago

        Overall, I support the idea of people being able to share ideas and images freely and responsibly. However, I do believe there are areas where the issue isn't so easy to determine. Do we always trust teachers' judgment as to appropriate classroom texts? How do we respond if a teacher chooses texts that most would consider harmful particularly to juvenile pupils? Are all attempts by school boards and administrators to prevent inappropriate texts from being used by teachers who report to them the same as attempts to make the books totally disappear?

        I would generally prefer to trust the judgment of teachers, but, having made some choices former students of mine thought not suited, I have some idea of the kind of pressures people with still greater responsibility may face to exclude texts many consider offensive from being taught in their institutions.

        Thanks for the thought-provoking visit to a fascinating ethical issue on Squidoo!

      • anonymous 5 years ago

        Don't support banning books, let the people choose.

      • BuddyBink 5 years ago

        You would think, at least in this country, the sacred right to freedom of speech would be protected. Unless, of course, one is trying to do harm. If there is no harm then it is an infringement.

      • Anthony Godinho 5 years ago from Ontario, Canada

        I really don't support banning books, but again just like we do not support speech or action that is racist, prejudicial, etc., we need to draw the line. I know it's easier said than done, though!

      • Frankie Kangas 5 years ago from California

        I do have a problem with banning books, however, I do not feel the same about books that are: how to kill, how to make a bomb; how to hold a dog fight or cock fight, etc. should be able to be published. These are felonies if you do the deed so telling or showing people how to do them should be banned.

      • oxfordian 5 years ago

        I agree with MaxReily when she says "Attempts at book banning spring from ignorance,fear, prejudice or a combination of the three" ... except I'd add arrogance to the list. But I think "banned" is too strong a word for what is going on today. All these books can be bought and sold anywhere. These "banning" attempts are done these days only by elementary/middle schools and, as you say, by some religious authorities, but they are made feeble by the fact that, as you also mentioned, there are no laws to back them up and, of course, by the power of the internet. Laws preventing the publishing or selling of a book, that's what I would call "banning."

      • Leah J. Hileman 5 years ago from East Berlin, PA, USA

        I think that legal adults, those who legislate, enforce and judge the law, should have free access, ut that it is irresponsible for adults to put literature that is too mature, graphic, or violent into the hands of our schoolchildren. I support the ban through the school years, or at least a rating system (like movies) for books in school and public libraries. Teachers are not allowed to show just any movie in their classroom-- a PG-13 film shown to 4th graders would cause firings and a lawsuit. Books should be treated the same way.

      • Gale 5 years ago from Texas

        PS: The last time a book was actually banned in the US was in the 60s. The ALA yearly list just reflects challenges to books being offered in libraries (mainly elementary, middle school, and high school libraries)...but these books can still be bought and sold legally at any bookstore. One exception is childrens books with play value (like bath books) published before 1985 that have not been through the expensive testing required by the CPSIA...these can not be sold except as "collectors items." I'm not exactly against that, but I am thankful that the restriction has been limited to only books with play value. When the CPSIA was first passed ALL children's books published before 1985 were likewise restricted, even though there had never been a documented case of a child being harmed because of lead content in the inks used to print regular books. A recent amendment to the bill excluded regular children's books from the restriction, but not before millions of Childrens books were thrown in dumpsters by public libraries and thrift stores. Many of these books were out of print.

      • JohnMichael2 5 years ago

        I've read most of the books on the list ... it's given me insights beyond what I can get from others

      • GiselleToner 5 years ago

        Although freedom of speech is much publicized and often over-hyped concept in our culture, there are books out there that promote hatred, religious intolerance and racism to name a few. How can we expose our coming generations to such works. I dislike censorship as much as the next person but one person's freedom should not cause pain to a lot of others. A very good example can be of Anti-Jewish or Anti-Muslim literature that promote hatred.

      • Gale 5 years ago from Texas

        Many of the books on the banned and challenged list of the ALA are not really "banned" but just restricted to adult venues. Some of the parents challenging these books are not even asking that books be taken out of school libraries, but just that their children not be required to read them. And a book not being REQUIRED is not exactly limiting freedom of speech.

        In other countries you can be killed or jailed just for having certain books the government disapproves of. When parents here in the US request that their children not be exposed to explicit or violent reading content until they are older...well, that's hardly comparable.

      • anonymous 5 years ago

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      As a book reviewer, my goal is to read more books from the list of challenged or banned books -- books considered to be the century's top 100 novels. Here are some I may re-read this year. What about you? Will you choose to read (or re-read) these classics?

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      Many people commented that they have several favorites on the list of challenged or banned books. Why not start a challenge yourself -- to READ your way through the banned / challenged book list. Here's a great resource, including clip art, previous years' lists and the reasons behind the challenges.

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          JenniferAkers LM 3 years ago

          @AfroGorgonzola: Many of the books listed are reader favorites and like yours, have been sold millions of times and enjoyed by so many people. Thanks for visiting and sharing your favorite.

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          AfroGorgonzola 3 years ago

          Why on earth would a book like "Things Fall Apart" by Chinua Achebe be banned in any place? Because it is critical of colonialism? I don't care anyway, because that book's been sold more than 8 million times in over 50 languages. It's one of my favorites.

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          JenniferAkers LM 4 years ago

          @Sylvestermouse: Thank you so much!! Wishing you a Happy New Year too!

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          Cynthia Sylvestermouse 4 years ago from United States

          Wishing you a year of many new blessings starting with this one! Happy New Year!

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          JenniferAkers LM 4 years ago

          @kcsantos: Lots of good ones here, though I don't think I've read Lolita. Thanks for sharing your favorite!

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          kcsantos 4 years ago

          My favorite among the list is Lolita by Vladimir Nabokov. Thanks for this lens

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          sybil watson 4 years ago

          Well, 30 of your 100 are on my bookshelf. My absolute favorite would be 'The Grapes of Wrath' by Steinbeck - banned because of the breastfeeding scene at the end. Sheesh!. The whole idea of banning books is counterintuitive to the beliefs for which Americans supposedly stand. Great lens!

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          JenniferAkers LM 4 years ago

          @anonymous: Thank you for your return visit! I appreciate it!

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          anonymous 4 years ago

          Stopping back to check in on this important discussion!

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          JenniferAkers LM 4 years ago

          @Normyo Yonormyo: Thanks for your comments and visiting this lens. Please keep spreading the word about 'banned books' and the need to educate ourselves.

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          Normyo Yonormyo 4 years ago

          Thanks for an important lens, to help us remember why we need to educate ourselves instead of keeping ourselves ignorant and depending on others.

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          JenniferAkers LM 5 years ago

          @Sylvestermouse: Thank you so much!! Your blessings and note mean a lot to me ~ you're right, friends make it worthwhile!!

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          melissiaoliver 5 years ago

          This is a really interesting lens, thank you for sharing! Could you provide some context on some of the banned books? I find it astonishing that Winnie The Pooh and Charlotte's Web made it onto the list once.

          I have read several of the 'banned' books, including Orwell's works, Lolita, To Kill a Mockingbird and The Wind in the Willows - (why oh why was the wind in the willows ever banned?! In what country?).

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          Cynthia Sylvestermouse 5 years ago from United States

          In celebration of Friendship Day 2012, I am returning to some of my favorite lenses for fun, sharing and renewed blessings :) Friends Still Make it All Worthwhile!

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          frontlineinfo 5 years ago

          When anything is banned it attracts attention making banning somewhat counter productive.

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          aquarian_insight 5 years ago

          Winnie the Pooh? Seriously? This is a world gone mad. There can be no reason or justification for banning a book. Even if the content is vile or repugnant, this aids our understanding of the world. We must decide for ourselves what we choose to believe.

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          whodiesinthenew 5 years ago

          When I saw you lens title, I thought about Mein Kampf by Adolf Hitler. I do not see it in the list. Is it so banned that it is banned even from the banned books list?

          Just asking...

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          Sher Ritchie 5 years ago

          WIND IN THE WILLOWS! I love "Wind in the Willows" (see a short discussion on my lens - there is absolutely nothing in there that could (or should) be BANNED. Who decided "Wind in the Willows" should be banned or restricted? Did they ever read "Wind in the Willows"?

          I was absolutely astonished by many of the other books that have been banned (or suggested as bannable) - I've read "Winnie the Pooh" (the original), "Animal Farm," "Fellowship of the Ring (from Lord of the Ring Series), "Wonderful Wizard of Oz" (the original - another childhood favourite), "War of the Worlds," and "Charlotte's Webb" (which I didn't particularly like but that's another story). And I studied "The Great Gatsby" at highschool.

          As to "Great Gatsby", I think some people might have tried to ban it on the basis of 'immorality' but it is not an immoral book. In fact, it is a beautifully (and thoughtfully) written study about actions having consequences. I see the moral as being "Make sure who you love is worth it" - because when he/she isn't worth it, it's the death of you. NOT IMMORAL, but something everyone should understand.

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          CherryTriggerCola 5 years ago

          Great lens. banned books are usually a look into the side of society that is meant to never be seen or discovered. I feel only books intended to purposely do harm to others or promotes illegal activity is worthy of being banned. Society is full of contradictions because lies breed lies until they start contradicting each other. So keep writing! I think I am inspired to work on another new lens.

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          Jethro 5 years ago from Philippines

          I wonder why Lord of the Rings is included in banned books... I had a great laugh after seeing that Winnie the Pooh is included as well! :D

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          DonMcCyclist1 5 years ago

          I love James Joyce's Ulysses.

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          Jeff Johnston 5 years ago from Alberta Canada

          many of the books listed are on my bookshelves

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          Jeff Johnston 5 years ago from Alberta Canada

          @grannysage: As much as I dislike Twilight, and all it stands for, at least they ARE reading. Books like Harry Potter and Twilight are making books cool again in one form, let them read Twilight now in hopes that they'll discover real literature down the road.

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          grannysage 5 years ago

          What I find sad is that many young people today have never heard of those books. Too busy reading Twilight. I can see some I missed, I better catch up before they get banned again. I'm surprised Huckleberry Finn isn't on the list.

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          thesuccess2 5 years ago

          I read somewhere that many years ago the preacher's wife or some respectable member of the community would remove biology books from the local library because there references to reproduction.

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          Auntiekatkat 5 years ago

          @anonymous: I have to say I disagree with censorship, but as a kid i was bored to death with Noddy and at the age of five I would definitely have banned them. Now fortunately there are better books for kids to read. However, one thing about Enid Blyton she was a stickler for puntuation!

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          Auntiekatkat 5 years ago

          @julescorriere: Too true, all 84 of them that I have read are fantastic books, when we squash thoughts we squash everything.

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          Auntiekatkat 5 years ago

          i have read 84 of them and you can bet your saweet bippy I shall be reading the other 16!

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          Jules Corriere 5 years ago from Jonesborough TN

          Excellent. And timely. All but 7 of these books are on my shelf at home, and only some of them came from my required reading as an English major. I own most of these because I love ideas, and these books are filled with them. Congratulations on LOTD.

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          jimmyworldstar 5 years ago

          I have To Kill a Mockingbird and The Great Gatsby, it just baffles me to how people would ban those books. What objectionable content is there?

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          anonymous 5 years ago

          I also have many of those books not because I am a rebel, they were required reading for subjects that I undertook. I hope I did the right thing above as Noddy and Big Ears is a typical example of censors being absolutely nuts

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          norma-holt 5 years ago

          Great lens and congrats on LOTD. *Blessed* and featured on Squidoo LOTD Lenses and also on Blessed by Skiesgreen 2012. Hugs

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          Joanie Ruppel 5 years ago from Keller, Texas

          Our kids went/go to Catholic schools and at least 20 books on the banned list were required summer reading. I keep all these "classics" on a shelf in the living room as they are timeless.

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          Chazz 5 years ago from New York

          Well done. Congratulations on Lot D. Nice to see such a deserving lens in that spot!

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          Peggy Hazelwood 5 years ago from Desert Southwest, U.S.A.

          Good information. I say if you don't want to read a certain book, don't read it. Don't stop me from that chance.

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          anonymous 5 years ago

          enjoyed reading your point of view today, thank you for sharing.

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          fugeecat lm 5 years ago

          I can't imagine why anyone would want to ban winnie the pooh. really?

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          lasertek lm 5 years ago

          I have read some of the books on your list. Never really knew that these have been challenged or banned.

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          BuddyBink 5 years ago

          An excellent lens, well deserved 'Lens of the Day'. I see I own and/or have read a large number of the books on your top 100 list.

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          Linda Pogue 5 years ago from Missouri

          I was really surprised at the number of banned books I had read.

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          Anthony Godinho 5 years ago from Ontario, Canada

          Very interesting topic, Jennifer and well presented. Congrats on LOTD!

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          Frankie Kangas 5 years ago from California

          Well deserved LOTD. Congrats. On my bookshelf are how to art books, mysteries, self-improvement books, historical fiction, cartoons, and books about animals. I'm an equal opportunity reader. lol Blessed. Bear hugs, Frankster

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          SteveKaye 5 years ago

          Congratulations on creating this lens.

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          anonymous 5 years ago

          Oh yes--Congratulations on such a well-deserved LOTD!

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          Delia 5 years ago

          Congratulations on a Great LOTD! What is happening in AMERICA??????

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          anonymous 5 years ago

          My bookshelf contains many of the books on your list. I'm thankful for the right to read whatever I choose. In our area there are religious zealots who periodically set up protests in front of libraries in my town and neighboring towns. They hold up posterboards with obscenities written in large letters, and if anyone objects, they answer "These words are in the books that this library encourages your child to read!" They also hand out leaflets and write letters to newspapers claiming that librarians "push" pornography on small children at the behest of the ALA, and that they also have an agenda to "turn" our children into homosexuals. Thankfully, no one pays much attention to these crackpots, but they serve as an unpleasant reminder that we're really not free of the mindset that was present at the Salem witch trials.

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          mockingbird999 5 years ago

          I've read more than 1/2 of these. I really can't see what the objection is to some of them.

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          jenms lm 5 years ago

          Congrats on LOTD! I've read a lot of the books on the list. I fully support freedom of speech and detest any type of censorship.

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          Paul 5 years ago from Liverpool, England

          I loved the idea of banning a kids book on two male penguins raising an adopted egg. Quote from senior school adminstrators: " it is a picture book that focuses on homosexuality" Congratulations to the illustrator then :)

          There's never been a book banned that didn't say more about the person doing the banning than about the book.

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          modz 5 years ago

          Congratulations on LOTD!

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          IanMayfield 5 years ago

          Some of the books on the list are pretty surprising. A lot of the time, I suspect, it's because they're not politically correct: Charlotte's Web, for example, has some old Southern attitudes in it. As if E.B. White was going to refrain from putting them in the book because they might offend the sensibilities of generations yet unborn. It's as silly as banning Newton's Principia from a history of science curriculum because it doesn't describe how rockets work.

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          Bill 5 years ago from Gold Coast, Australia

          I have only read Lord Of The Rings from that list but I have seen the film adaptations of many of them. I was surprised to see so many classics on there! Congrats on LOTD. Well done :-)

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          ChrissLJ 5 years ago

          One of the posters in the No Way Monkey Brain is incorrect on their facts. What ALA keeps track of is the challenged books each year. And yes, many of the books are taken off the shelves in schools. It is not a national banning but a local one. In the schools, the books are not moved to the adult section, they are removed from circulation. In many public libraries they may also be removed from circulation. A few years ago, I challenged myself to read most of the top 100 challenged books for the decade. One was challenged by a religious group because it discussed sex.... in a teen book. It talked about sex in a total of about 4 sentences. A guy wanted to have sex with his girlfriend, but the girl said she was saving herself. He agreed to wait. Not precicely the most amoral book if you ask me.

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          Patricia 5 years ago

          Congrats on LOTD!

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          Rose Jones 5 years ago

          What a perfect time for your lens - since our congress is considering SOPA/PIPA legislation. If you haven't kept up - that legislation would have a chilling effect on Internet freedom similar to book banning. Google "wikipedia page on SOPA" it is the only one up today because they are protesting the law. If you are so inclined to take a stand for liberty - write your Congress person.

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          BunnyFabulous 5 years ago from Central Florida

          Congrats on LOTD! I knew the controversy about some of these books, but was really surprised to see others on the list. Winnie-the-Pooh and Charlotte's web for example. I've read quite a number of them; some as a middle school/high school/university student and some on my own

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          kathysart 5 years ago

          A LOT of the so called banned books are on my shelf and more. As an artist I come across this whole issue all the time. NUTS.

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          writerkath 5 years ago

          Great (and timely!) lens. Congratulations on your LOTD honors! Well done! Some of the books that you listed on that "Top 100" list were pretty surprising to me. Although I haven't read all of them, I've read a number of them, and while I can understand how some of the topics/themes of the books may have "disturbed" some people in their day, it still surprises me that they would be considered "dangerous" (or whatever they were thinking). It is a kind of foreign thought to my own mind that someone would want to stop an entire population from reading something. Very thought provoking. *Blessed*

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          Heather Burns 5 years ago from Wexford, Ireland

          Hey, congrats on LOTD! I've read most of the ones on your list, and I turned out ok I think.

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          JanieceTobey 5 years ago

          I've read quite a number that are on that list. Many of them were read during high school, for English class. Charlotte's Web was banned??? Oh my!

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          Tamara Kajari 5 years ago from Zagreb, Croatia, Europe

          What an excellent debate. Congrats on the well deserved LOTD :)

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          Lemming13 5 years ago

          I've read 63 of these books and I'm proud of it; to read Salman Rushdie's Satanic Verses, as an adult, I had to make a special application at my local library and wait a week till the library committee judged me a responsible enough person to see it, and for that I will be eternally ashamed of my home city. Banning a book because you disagree with what it says suggests that you don't believe you can provide a credible counter to its arguments, so you resort to stifling it - if you are confident you are right, debate openly, don't gag your opponent. Blessing this lens.

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          lexxsweet 5 years ago

          I collect all types of books, and ebooks - I just love to read.

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          Mahogany LM 5 years ago

          I love that you created this thought-provoking lens :)

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          JoshK47 5 years ago

          There's a wide variety of books on my bookshelf - including To KIll a Mockingbird, one of my absolute favorites. Blessed by a SquidAngel! Congratulations on the LotD!

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          Nancy Tate Hellams 5 years ago from Pendleton, SC

          Great Monkey Brain on Banned Books

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          Gale 5 years ago from Texas

          @goldenecho: OOPS...I meant that I read the banned books in 2011. Sorry. I'm not clairvoyant! ;)

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          agoofyidea 5 years ago

          Congratulations on LOTD! I would love to write a book that was banned someday. My sales would skyrocket. Great lens.

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          katiecolette 5 years ago

          @anonymous: I couldn't agree with you more, Tipi :) Definitely makes me want to read as many books on the list as I can...

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          Virginia Allain 5 years ago from Central Florida

          As a child, I read all my books and would sneak my parents' books to read as well. Even reading non-age-appropriate literature did not corrupt my mind and I grew up to be a solid citizen and a librarian. I strongly believe and support the freedom to read.

          Thank you for highlighting this topic.

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          sidther lm 5 years ago

          Many of the books are sitting on the shelf behind me! Congrats on the well deserved LOTD! Keep up the great work!

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          JohnMichael2 5 years ago

          It was refreshing to see the list...

          I also was glad that my book wasn't on the list...

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          Crystal A Murray 5 years ago from Corydon, Indiana, USA

          @goldenecho: You make really good points here, Golden Echo. I would not agree with banning, simply because I want freedom myself, but freedom comes with responsibility. Making books age appropriate is similar to making movies or other media age appropriate. What's frustrating to me is when I hear people complain about the taking away of free will and then blaming God when He doesn't choose to take free will away from terrorists, child abusers, etc. Freedom of speech/press, as with free will, goes to all, comes with great responsibility, and --unfortunately as with so many other freedoms--will be abused.

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          Mamaboo LM 5 years ago

          I think many of these books I'll be buying or re-buying so my children can have their minds expanded, rather than controlled by the government. Be blessed this day and continue the good, non biased work!

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          reasonablerobby 5 years ago

          Freedom of speech is priceless and should be defended within a society that has legislation to protect the vulnerable.

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          Gale 5 years ago from Texas

          While there are things on that list that seems ridiculous to ban from anywhere...a lot of the OTHER books on the ALAs list (including ones you didn't mention from their literature) I understand parents being concerned about. I've read their list of "banned" books in 2012 and didn't find any that were actually, truly, banned. They were taken out of school libraries...but anyone could go buy one at their local bookstore. And most of the challenges and "banned" books they had on that list were books taken out of schools, not public libraries. I disagree with banning books from public libraries...but I have no problem with restricting books in schools if they are not appropriate for that age level (which was what a lot of the challenges listed were about).

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          anonymous 5 years ago

          Congratulations on receiving LotD honors! I'm still shaking my head about that list. On the positive side, there's no better way to get people to want to read every book on the list when they learn its challenged or banned.

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          Lisa-Marie-Mary 6 years ago

          Wonderful lens on a very important issue! I love the way you are open to hear the other side, even if I'm on YOUR side!

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          Lisa-Marie-Mary 6 years ago

          Wonderful lens on a very important issue! I love the way you are open to hear the other side, even if I'm on YOUR side!

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          JenniferAkers LM 6 years ago

          @LoKackl: Thanks so much for your Angel Blessing!!! I created this lens in February -- and Banned Book Week is this month! Thanks again for all your support!

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          JenniferAkers LM 6 years ago

          @PNWtravels: Since my bookshelves are crammed with all our books, I love visiting the library. I'm enjoying revisiting the list of 'banned books' -- and catching up on ones I hadn't read. Thanks for visiting and commenting. Happy Reading!

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          LoKackl 6 years ago

          This is such an important issue and you have done a super job calling attention to the list of banned books. I don't know when this lens was created but it deserves MUCH more attention!! Thumbs up, fave, twitter and Squid Angel Blessed!

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          Vicki Green 6 years ago from Wandering the Pacific Northwest USA

          I've read quite a few of the "banned" books list, but not too many of them on my bookshelft right now - mostly borrowed from the library. Will definitely concentrate on reading some of the ones I haven't read yet.