Top Ten Banned Books of 2009

Top Ten Banned Books of 2009

The American Library Association has released their annual list of the most banned/challenged books in American libraries. There are two new books on the list this year: the Twilight series and My Sister’s Keeper by Jodi Picoult. I can’t tell you how funny I think it is that Twilight is challenged for being “sexually explicit.” Abstinence is a central theme in the books! Is Edward’s sexiness so powerful that it cannot be contained in a library? I guess they could be referring to the honeymoon part of Breaking Dawn. If that book should be banned for anything it should be for that bloody, disgusting scene [spoiler alert] where Bella gives birth [end spoiler].
Of course, I totally get why And Tango Makes Three is on the list. We must protect the children from the dangers of the gay penguins! **eyeroll**

I just don’t understand book banners, and I guess I shouldn’t even try. Don’t get me wrong, I think parents being actively involved in their child’s reading choices is good parenting. The problem is that by trying to remove a book from the library they are deciding what other people’s children can or can’t read, and that’s not cool.

Here’s the full list from the ALA:

1. TTYL; TTFN; L8R, G8R (series), by Lauren Myracle 

Reasons: Nudity, Sexually Explicit, Offensive Language, Unsuited to Age Group, Drugs


2. And Tango Makes Three by Peter Parnell and Justin Richardson

Reasons: Homosexuality


3. The Perks of Being A Wallflower by Stephen Chbosky

Reasons: Homosexuality, Sexually Explicit, Anti-Family, Offensive Language, Religious Viewpoint, Unsuited to Age Group, Drugs, Suicide


4. To Kill A Mockingbird by Harper Lee 

Reasons: Racism, Offensive Language, Unsuited to Age Group


5. Twilight (series) by Stephenie Meyer

Reasons: Sexually Explicit, Religious Viewpoint, Unsuited to Age Group


6. Catcher in the Rye by J.D. Salinger

Reasons: Sexually Explicit, Offensive Language, Unsuited to Age Group


7. My Sister’s Keeper by Jodi Picoult

Reasons: Sexism, Homosexuality, Sexually Explicit, Offensive Language, Religious Viewpoint, Unsuited to Age Group, Drugs, Suicide, Violence


8. The Earth, My Butt, and Other Big, Round Things by Carolyn Mackler

Reasons: Sexually Explicit, Offensive Language, Unsuited to Age Group


9. The Color Purple Alice Walker 

Reasons: Sexually Explicit, Offensive Language, Unsuited to Age Group


10. The Chocolate War by Robert Cormier

Reasons: Nudity, Sexually Explicit, Offensive Language, Unsuited to Age Group

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