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How Many Banned Books Have You Read?

On the Question of Week Board (QotWB) for the week of September 26, 2016, we included pictures of frequently challenged books and asked, “How many of these banned books have YOU read?” 

Banned Books Week, sponsored by the American Library Association, is designed to call attention to the dangers of banning books and “to celebrate the freedom to read.” Reports of book bans are collected by the ALA Office for Intellectual Freedom (OIF) from local news as well as librarians and teachers. The OIF puts together lists of challenged books, and from these lists, we selected a number of commonly challenged books.

The informal survey on the QotWB students show others what they have read and also alerted them to the issue of banning books, including many they read themselves. Below find the results of this survey, in a table as well as a Pinterest board!

Book, Author, Year of Original Publication

Readers

To Kill a Mockingbird, Harper Lee, 1960

43

Hunger Games book/series, Suzanne Collins, 2008

39

Captain Underpants series, Dav Pilkey, 1997

34

The Perks of Being a Wallflower, Stephen Chbosky, 1999

17

Holy Bible, King James version

17

Looking for Alaska, John Green, 2006

14

The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-time, Mark Haddon, 2003

13

Persepolis, Marjane Satrapi, 2003

12

50 Shades of Grey, E.L. James, 2011

12

The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian, Sherman Alexie, 2007

9

The Bluest Eye, Toni Morrison, 1970

7

Gossip Girl series, Cecily von Ziegesar, 2006

4

Fun Home, Alison Bechdel, 2006

2

And Tango Makes Three, Justin Richardson and Peter Parnell, 2005

2

I Am Jazz, Jessica Herthel and Jazz Jennings, 2014

0

 Here's the Pinterest Board (click to see it live)

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By Vicky Ludas Orlofsky, Instruction & Scholarly Communication Librarian