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

Updated on September 25, 2013

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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?

Pick Up a Good Book, Even a Banned or Challenged One

Celebrate Your Freedom to Read
Celebrate Your Freedom to Read

Buy Challenged Books on Amazon - Classic Reads and Top Novels

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?

ALA: Banned Books Week Resources
ALA: Banned Books Week Resources

Open Your Mind, Explore Banned Books

Share the word with friends

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.

Image Credit:American Library Association: Banned Books Week, Free Downloads

What's On Your Bookshelf? What Banned Books are Your Favorites?

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      JenniferAkers LM 4 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 4 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 5 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 5 years ago

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

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      Stopping back to check in on this important discussion!

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      JenniferAkers LM 5 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 5 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 http://www.squidoo.com/reading-classics-and-enjoyi... - 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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      Tamara14 5 years ago

      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 7 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 7 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 7 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 7 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 7 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 7 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.