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Banned Books Week 2011

Banned Books Week 2011

As Banned Books Week nears its end I have to ask, what is your favorite banned, censored, or challenged book?

Here's a list of banned and challenged books.

I think my favorite from that list is Like Water for Chocolate, by Laura Esquivel.

Visit PPLD's Banned Books page for more selections.


My Favorite Banned Book

Bless Me Ultima by Rudolfa A. Anaya

Banned book read

I've read several on the list of banned, most recently was the Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins, which is one of the PPLD APPR books. Though it could be considered gruesome because of the portrayal of society's view on killing, it was overall a well done story, pulling in the emotional and physical challenges of a young teen torn to be part of a society she disagrees with.

As always, there are worse books out there not even considered to be banned, my opinion of course.

The Awakening by Kate Chopin.

The Awakening by Kate Chopin. I read this book at least once a month. It was written well ahead of its time.

Banned Books

Are you there God? It's me, Margaret by Judy Bloom.

Banned Books

THE ADVENTURES OF HUCKLEBERRY FINN by Mark Twain is and always has been my favorite banned book. If people think it should be banned, they just don't understand what Mark Twain was saying.

To Kill a Mockingbird & Huck Finn

Loved both of these books and could not believe it when I found out both were on the banned books list. I never had any issues when reading them as a kid and a teen. :)

Hmm, I'm not sure. I enjoyed

Hmm, I'm not sure. I enjoyed the Harry Potter series and To Kill a Mockingbird, but there are a lot of good and important books on that list. My tastes run more to the fun than the intellectual, but I love Banned Books Week. Though I hope there will come a day when it's a historical commentary - let this never come again - and not about books currently being challenged. I fear that's a long time off.

This is a tough call - there

This is a tough call - there are so many great books on this list! I think I have to agree with Tiffany, though - I absolutely love Sherman Alexie's Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian. And The Giver was one of my favorite books growing up!

Every single Harry Potter

Every single Harry Potter book!!! The most fun, imaginative writing ever, and so many really good insights in each book! Just a few of my favorites, from my favorite character, Albus Dumbledore:

"It is our choices, Harry, that show what we truly are, far more than our abilities."

"...we are only as strong as we are united, as weak as we are divided. Discord and enmity are very great. We can fight them only by showing an equally strong bond of friendship and trust. Differences of habit and language are nothing at all if our aims are identical and our hearts are open."

" matters not what someone is born, but what they grow to be."

"There are all kinds of courage. It takes a great deal of courage to stand up to our enemies, but just as much to stand up to our friends."

"Ah, Harry, how often this happens, even between the best of friends! Each of us believes that what he has to say is much more important than anything the other might have to contribute!"

It's just sad that so many kids miss these great books because of prejudices on the part of their parents, who for the most part haven't read the books but have had their opinions formed by others who haven't either!

American Heritage Dictionary

This is amazing to me. Banning a dictionary!

"American Heritage Dictionary (1969)
In 1978, an Eldon, Missouri library banned the dictionary because it contained 39 "objectionable" words. And, in 1987, the Anchorage School Board banned the dictionary for similar reasons, i.e., having slang definitions for words such as "bed," "knocker," and "balls.""

banned books

Of Mice and Men is one of my favorites on this list.

The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-time Indian

Come to Old Colorado City Library and see our banned books display created by OC3, our teen advisory board. On display is a copy of Sherman Alexie's The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-time Indian we found at a used bookstore. Parts of it had literally been blacked out with Sharpie-- probably by someone who deemed it inappropriate! Yuck!



Their Eyes Were Watching God

Their Eyes Were Watching God by Zora Neale Hurston - One of my all time favorite books.

I have to list my son's

I have to list my son's favorite - Captain Underpants!

Banned books

Some great works of literature on here. Everyone needs to be able to make their own decisions about what to read with parents guiding their children in what to read.

One Flew Over the Cuckoo's

One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest by Ken Kesey!

Of Mice and Men

Of the ones listed, "Of Mice and Men" would be my fav. However, they should really list:
Slaughterhouse Five
Huckleberry Finn
Portnoy's Complaint
the Bible

As well.