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About Banned Books

  • Every year across the country parents, administrators, politicians, religious groups and library patrons challenge books that they feel are inappropriate for the community.
  • Challenging a book in an attempt to remove it from a school or public library is a threat to your First Amendment rights. It takes away your right to choose material that is appropriate for yourself or your family.
  • It is important to speak out against these challenges so that everyone can celebrate the Freedom to Read. Stand up against censorship by reading a book from the American Library Association's (ALA) banned book list.
"Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the Government for a redress of grievances."

Why are books challenged?

# of challenges
  • 3500
  • 3000
  • 2500
  • 2000
  • 1500
  • 1000
  • 500
  • 0
1990-2010 source:

Most Reported Challenges Per State

Map of USA with color-coded states by number of challenges California - 35 Texas - 34 Florida - 29 (TIE)Wisconson / Illinois - 21 Pennsylvania - 24

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Most Challenged → Fewest Challenged

gov't officials




<i>Harry Potter (series)</i><br />By: J.K. Rowling <i>Of Mice and Men</i><br />By: John Steinbeck <i>The Chocolate War</i><br />By: Robert Cormier <i>I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings</i><br />By: Maya Angelou <i>Summer of My German Soldier</i><br />By: Bette Greene <i>The Catcher in the Rye</i><br />By: J.D. Salinger <i>Alice (series)</i><br />By: Phyllis Reynolds Naylor <i>Go Ask Alice</i><br />By: Anonymous <i>Fallen Angels</i><br />By: Walter Dean Myers <i>Blood and Chocolate</i><br />By: Annete Curtis Klause


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banned books from 2001 and 2011!

<i>ttyl (Series)</i><br />By: Lauren Myracle <i>The Color of Earth (series)</i><br />By: Kim Dong Hwa <i>The Hunger Games (trilogy)</i><br />By: Suzanne Collins <i>My Mom's Having A Baby!</i><br />By: Dori Hillestad Butler <i>The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian</i><br />By: Sherman Alexie <i>Alice (series)</i><br />By: Phyllis Reynolds Naylor <i>Brave New World</i><br />By: Aldous Huxley <i>What My Mother Doesn't Know</i><br />By: Sonya Sones <i>Gossip Girl (series)</i><br />By: Cecily Von Ziegesar <i>To Kill a Mockingbird</i><br />By: Harper Lee

Cal Poly's Favorite Banned Books

Harry Potter (series)
Harry Potter (series)

By: J.K. Rowling

Checked Out 425 Times

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Of Mice and Men
Of Mice and Men

By: John Steinbeck

Checked Out 201 Times

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Golden Compass
His Dark Materials (series)

By: Philip Pullman

Checked Out 197 Times

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Slaughterhouse Five
Slaughterhouse Five

By: Kurt Vonnegut

Checked Out 188 Times

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The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn
The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn

By: Mark Twain

Checked Out 173 Times

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Fahrenheit 451
Fahrenheit 451

By: Ray Bradbury

Checked Out 164 Times

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The Stupids (series)
The Stupids (series)

By: Harry Allard

Checked Out 134 Times

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Kaffir Boy
Kaffir Boy

By: Mark Mathabane

Checked Out 100 Times

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The Catcher in the Rye
The Catcher in the Rye

By: J.D. Salinger

Checked Out 100 Times

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Song of Solomon
Song of Solomon

By: Toni Morrison

Checked Out 94 Times

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How many Banned Books have you read?

Below are the top 100 Banned Books from 2000-2009. Mark all that you have read!

  • A Day No Pigs Would Die

  • A Prayer for Owen Meany

  • A Time to Kill

  • A Wrinkle in Time

  • Alice (series)

  • Always Running

  • America: A Novel

  • Anastasia (series)

  • And Tango Makes Three

  • Angus, Thongs, and Full Frontal Snogging

  • Are You There, God? It's Me, Margaret

  • Arming America

  • Athletic Shorts

  • Beloved

  • Black Boy

  • Bless Me, Ultima

  • Blood and Chocolate

  • Blubber

  • Brave New World

  • Bridge To Terabithia

  • Bumps in the Night

  • Captain Underpants (series)

  • Catcher in the Rye

  • Crazy Lady

  • Crazy: A Novel

  • Cut

  • Daughters of Eve

  • Deal With It!

  • Detour for Emmy

  • Draw Me A Star

  • Fahrenheit 451

  • Fallen Angels

  • Fat Kid Rules the World

  • Forever

  • Friday Night Lights

  • Go Ask Alice

  • Goosebumps (series)

  • Gossip Girl (series)

  • Grendel

  • Harris and Me

  • Harry Potter (series)

  • His Dark Materials (series)

  • I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings

  • I Saw Esau

  • In the Night Kitchen

  • It's Perfectly Normal

  • It's So Amazing

  • Julie of the Wolves

  • Junie B. Jones (series)

  • Kaffir Boy

  • Killing Mr. Griffin

  • King and King

  • Life is Funny

  • Mick Harte Was Here

  • My Brother Sam Is Dead

  • Of Mice and Men

  • Olive's Ocean

  • One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest

  • Rainbow Boys

  • Roll of Thunder, Hear My Cry

  • Scary Stories (series)

  • Shade's Children

  • Slaughterhouse-Five

  • Snow Falling on Cedars

  • So Far From the Bamboo Grove

  • Song of Solomon

  • Speak

  • Staying Fat for Sarah Byrnes

  • Summer of My German Soldier

  • The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn

  • The Adventures of Super Diaper Baby

  • The Bluest Eye

  • The Boy Who Lost His Face

  • The Chocolate War

  • The Color Purple

  • The Earth, My Butt, and Other Big, Round Things

  • The Face on the Milk Carton

  • The Facts Speak for Themselves

  • The Fighting Ground

  • The Giver

  • The Great Gilly Hopkins

  • The Handmaid's Tale

  • The House of the Spirits

  • The Joy of Gay Sex

  • The Kite Runner

  • The Lovely Bones

  • The Perks of Being a Wallflower

  • The Stupids (series)

  • The Terrorist

  • The Things They Carried

  • The Upstairs Room

  • Tiger Eyes

  • To Kill A Mockingbird

  • ttyl; ttfn; l8r g8r (series)

  • We All Fall Down

  • Whale Talk

  • What My Mother Doesn't Know

  • What's Happening to My Body

  • When Dad Killed Mom

  • You Hear Me?

Reading Results

Votes Recorded: 20
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