most challenged titles of 2011

Banned Books Week – The 10 Most Challenged Titles Of 2011

In this post to celebrate banned books week, we share the most challenged titles of 2011.

30 September – 6 October 2012

Banned Books Week is the book community’s annual celebration of the freedom to read. Banned Books Week was launched in 1982 in response to a sudden surge in the number of challenges to books in schools, book stores and libraries. More than 11,300 books have been challenged since 1982.

The 10 most challenged titles of 2011 were:

  1. ttfn, ttyl, l8r g8r Three Book Set (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 (Concept Book), 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

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Posted on: 30th September 2012
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