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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  • Ruth

    I find this list disturbing. I agree with you that parents should be monitoring what books their children borrow from the library. I find it hard to believe that one of my all time favorite books, TO KILL A MOCKINGBIRD made the list.

  • Kristen

    I love To Kill a Mockingbird too. I think those that want to ban it for containing “racism” are missing the point of the entire book!

  • Braden

    Under these pretenses you would think that the bible should be banned as well. It certainly contains nudity and sexually explicit scenes, not to mention mass murder and other great things as well. The higher value and meaning of all this great literature is being overlooked.

  • Aoi Smith

    banning books is stupid, those who wish to do this are arrogant and inconsiderate.

  • random dude that has commen sense

    twilight? I agree its not the best book but come on, theres nothing in there thats bannable.MY Sisters KEEPER?!whats wrong with you people?

  • random dude that has commen sense

    homosexuality? what kind of excuse is that? seems like the school systems are going homophobic