Top 10 Banned Books of 2014

Banned Books 2014 bookpal

Find out which bestselling and popular titles made it onto the annual banned books list

Earlier today, the American Library Association’s Office for Intellectual Freedom released its annual report of the 10 most frequently challenged books in America. We rounded up all 10 of the most frequently challenged and banned books of last year and included the most commonly cited reasons they were challenged:

1. The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian by Sherman Alexie
Reasons: anti-family, cultural insensitivity, drugs/alcohol/smoking, gambling, offensive language, sex education, sexually explicit, unsuited for age group, violence. Additional reasons: “depictions of bullying”

2. Persepolis by Marjane Satrapi
Reasons: gambling, offensive language, political viewpoint. Additional reasons: “politically, racially, and socially offensive,” “graphic depictions”

3. And Tango Makes Three by Justin Richardson and Peter Parnell
Reasons: Anti-family, homosexuality, political viewpoint, religious viewpoint, unsuited for age group. Additional reasons: “promotes the homosexual agenda”

4. The Bluest Eye by Toni Morrison
Reasons: Sexually explicit, unsuited for age group. Additional reasons: “contains controversial issues”

5. It’s Perfectly Normal by Robie Harris
Reasons: Nudity, sex education, sexually explicit, unsuited to age group. Additional reasons: “alleges it child pornography”

6. Saga by Brian Vaughan and Fiona Staples
Reasons: Anti-Family, nudity, offensive language, sexually explicit, and unsuited for age group.

7. The Kite Runner by Khaled Hosseini
Reasons: Offensive language, unsuited to age group, violence

8. The Perks of Being a Wallflower by Stephen Chbosky
Reasons: drugs/alcohol/smoking, homosexuality, offensive language, sexually explicit, unsuited for age group.

9. A Stolen Life by Jaycee Dugard
Reasons: drugs/alcohol/smoking, offensive language, sexually explicit, and unsuited for age group

10. Drama by Raina Telgemeier
Reasons: sexually explicit

 

Banning and challenging books is often associated with the themes of censorship and intellectual freedom. What are your thoughts on this? Tell us by leaving a comment below!

3 Responses to “Top 10 Banned Books of 2014”

  1. Melba Worley

    I don’t believe in banning books, because it is a slippery slope of censorship. There are books I don’t agree with, nor do I like them, but I just choose not to read them. It is not up to me to police other readers, but I should have complete control over what I read or don’t read (as well as that of my children). We are losing far too many rights in this ‘free’ country, and we need to fight to retain our democracy & freedoms.

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    • Elizabeth Lee

      Thanks for sharing your thoughts, Melba!
      I agree — banning books and controlling what others can/can’t read limits their freedom, and that’s not fair.
      On the bright side, these lists of frequently challenged and banned books prove that books have a lot of power and continue to reveal and challenge issues present in society.

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  2. Richard Lang

    The ability for us In America to be able to both read and publish as we see it is a gift won by the blood of many of our fathers, mothers and sons. For others to tell us what we can and cannot apply in our publications and our personal reading goes against all that we hold dear.

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