Banned Book Week

The 1619 Project : a new origin story

The 1619 Project : a new origin story

edited by Hannah-Jones, Nikole

Arkansas and Mississippi bills call the 1619 Project “a racially divisive and revisionist account;” the Iowa bill claims that it “attempts to deny or obfuscate the fundamental principles upon which the United States was founded.”

Brave new world

Brave new world

by Huxley, Aldous

Removed from the Foley, AL High School Library (2000) pending review, because a parent complained that its characters showed contempt for religion, marriage, and family.

The dragonet prophecy

The dragonet prophecy

by Sutherland, Tui

Series Challenged for LGBTQ content

The handmaid's tale

The handmaid's tale

by Atwood, Margaret

"Profanity; lurid passages about sex; statements defamatory to minorities, god, women and the disabled; violence; hopelessness; age-inappropriate; graphic sex; vulgar; offensive to Christians; violently graphic and morally corrupt."

The hate u give

The hate u give

by Atwood, Margaret

Banned and challenged for profanity, violence, and because it was thought to promote an anti-police message and indoctrination of a social agenda

The Hunger Games

The Hunger Games

by Collins, Suzanne

Challenged for "religious viewpoint, unsuited to age group"

Lord of the flies

Lord of the flies

by Golding, William

Challenged in the Waterloo, IA schools (1992) because of profanity, lurid passages about sex, and statements defamatory to minorities, God, women and the disabled.

Maus I : a survivor's tale : my father bleeds history

Maus I : a survivor's tale : my father bleeds history

by Spiegelman, Art

McMillan Tennessee school district banned due to “inappropriate language” and an illustration of a nude woman

The new Jim Crow : mass incarceration in the age of colorblindness

The new Jim Crow : mass incarceration in the age of colorblindness

by Alexander, Michelle

Banned in North Carolina prisons in February 2017 because it was considered “likely to provoke confrontation between racial groups.”

To kill a mockingbird

To kill a mockingbird

by Lee, Harper

Challenged at the Santa Cruz, CA Schools (1995) because of its racial themes. Removed from the Southwood High School Library in Caddo Parish, LA (1995) because the book's language and content were objectionable.

Works

Works

by Wright, Richard

Native Son was removed from Irvington High School in Fremont, CA (1998) after a few parents complained the book was unnecessarily violent and sexually explicit.

1984 : a novel

1984 : a novel

by Orwell, George

Challenged in the Jackson County, FL (1981) because Orwell's novel is "pro-communist and contained explicit sexual matter."

Adventures of Huckleberry Finn

Adventures of Huckleberry Finn

by Twain, Mark

Banned for "racist language"

The bluest eye

The bluest eye

by Morrison, Toni

Banned from the Littleon (CO) curriculum and library shelves after complaints about its explicit sex.

The catcher in the rye

The catcher in the rye

by Salinger, J. D.

Removed by a Dorchester District 2 school board member in Summerville, SC (2001) because it "is a filthy, filthy book."

The color purple

The color purple

by Walker, Alice

Challenged and banned for containing "profanity and descriptions of drug abuse, sexually explicit conduct, and torture.”

Fahrenheit 451

Fahrenheit 451

by Bradbury, Ray

Challenged at the Conroe (TX) Independent School District because of the following: “discussion of being drunk, smoking cigarettes, violence, ‘dirty talk’, references to the Bible, and using God’s name in vain.” The novel went against the complainants’ “religious beliefs.”

The grapes of wrath

The grapes of wrath

by Steinbeck, John

Challenged in the Greenville, SC schools (1991) because the book uses the name of God and Jesus in a "vain and profane manner along with inappropriate sexual references."

Me and Earl and the dying girl : a novel

Me and Earl and the dying girl : a novel

by Andrews, Jesse

Banned and challenged because it was considered sexually explicit and degrading to women

A separate peace

A separate peace

by Knowles, John

Challenged at the McDowell County, NC schools (1996) because of "graphic language."

Slaughterhouse-five : or, The children's crusade : a duty-dance with death

Slaughterhouse-five : or, The children's crusade : a duty-dance with death

by Vonnegut, Kurt

Banned in Levittown, NY (1975), North Jackson, OH (1979), and Lakeland, FL (1982) because of the "book's explicit sexual scenes, violence, and obscene language."