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Censored; Don’t Open; Banned!!!!. By: Ahmed Issa. Banning Books. Every year books are challenged, some are banned and some are not. Pico Case. “Local school boards may not remove books from school library shelves simply because they dislike the ideas contained in those books …”

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banning books
Banning Books

Every year books are challenged, some are banned and some are not.

pico case
Pico Case

“Local school boards may not remove books from school library shelves simply because they dislike the ideas contained in those books …”

— U.S. Supreme Court in Board of Education, Island Trees School District v. Pico (1982)


Published in 1884, The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn, by Mark Twain has been banned on social grounds. Concord Public Library called the book "trash suitable only for the slums," when it first banned the novel in 1885. The references and treatment of African Americans in the novel reflect the time about which it was written, but some critics have thought such language inappropriate for study and reading in schools and libraries.


Published in 1932, Aldous Huxley's Brave New World has been banned with complaints about the language used, as well morality issues. Brave New World is a satirical novel, with a stringent division of the classes, drugs, and free love. The book was banned in Ireland in 1932; and the book has been banned and challenged in schools and libraries across the United States. On complaint was that the novel "centered around negative activity."


First published in 1951, The Catcher in the Rye details 48 hours in the life of Holden Caulfield. The novel is the only novel-length work by J.D. Salinger, and its history has been colorful. The Catcher in the Rye is famous as the most censored, banned and challenged book between 1966 and 1975 for being "obscene," with an "excess of vulgar language, sexual scenes, and things concerning moral issues."


Fahrenheit 451 is about book burning and censorship (the title refers to the temperature at which paper burns), but the topic hasn't saved the book from its own experience with controversy and censorship. Several words and phrases (for example, "hell" and "damn") in the book have been deemed inappropriate and/or objectionable.

Fahrenheit 451 ban video.


The Lord of the Flies is a novel by William Golding. Before the book was finally published, it was turned down by more than 20 publishers. The book is about a group of school boys who create their own civilization. Despite the fact that The Lord of the Flies was a bestseller, the novel has been banned and challenged--based on the "excessive violence and bad language." For his body of work, William Golding received the Nobel Prize for literature and he was knighted.


Published in 1937, John Steinbeck's Of Mice and Men has been frequently banned on social grounds. The book has been called "offensive" and "vulgar" because of the language and characterization. Each of the characters in Of Mice and Men are affected by physical, emotional, or mental limitations. In the end, the American Dream is not enough. One of the most controversial topics in the book is euthanasia.


To Kill a Mockingbird is the only novel by Harper Lee. The book has been frequently banned and challenged on sexual and social grounds. Not only does the novel discuss racial issues in the South, but the book involves a white attorney (Atticus Finch) defending a black man against rape charges (and all that such a defense entails). The central character is a young girl (Scout Finch) in a coming of age story--fraught with social and psychological issues.


Top Ten Challenged Authors 1990 to 2004

1. Alvin Schwartz

2. Judy Blume

3. Robert Cormier

4. J.K. Rowling

5. Michael Willhoite

6. Katherine Paterson

7. Stephen King

8. Maya Angelou

9. R.L. Stine

10. John Steinbeck


“10 Most Challenged Books of 2006”

“And Tango Makes Three” by Justin Richardson and Peter Parnell, for homosexuality, anti-family, and unsuited to age group;

“Gossip Girls” series by Cecily Von Ziegesar for homosexuality, sexual content, drugs, unsuited to age group, and offensive language;

“Alice” series by Phyllis Reynolds Naylor for sexual content and offensive language;

“The Earth, My Butt, and Other Big Round Things” by Carolyn Mackler for sexual content, anti-family, offensive language, and unsuited to age group;

“The Bluest Eye” by Toni Morrison for sexual content, offensive language, and unsuited to age group;

“Scary Stories” series by Alvin Schwartz for occult/Satanism, unsuited to age group, violence, and insensitivity;

“Athletic Shorts” by Chris Crutcher for homosexuality and offensive language;

“The Perks of Being a Wallflower” by Stephen Chbosky for homosexuality, sexually explicit, offensive language, and unsuited to age group;

“Beloved” by Toni Morrison for offensive language, sexual content, and unsuited to age group; and

“The Chocolate War” by Robert Cormier for sexual content, offensive language, and violence.


Banned Books WeekPublic Service Announcements

Banned Books Week is a week of supporting banned books by reading them. Visit the ALA site to see when banned book week is this year.


Banned Book read-out video.

Another parent who wants to ban a book.

Forbidden Library containing banned and challenged books

and the reasons why they were banned or challenged.


How To Save a Book from Banning

A children book being banned because the penguin in it is gay.

Censorship Page

Yet another banned book site.

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Banned Books Video's(That this school isn’t blocking)







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"Wyoming Parent Wants School District to Ban Book." Fox News. 26 Sept. 2007. 31 Mar. 2008 <http://www.foxnews.com/story/0,2933,298201,00.html>.