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List of books banned by governments. A display of formerly banned books at a US library Banned books are books or other printed works such as essays or plays which are prohibited by law or to which free access is not permitted by other means. The practice of banning books is a form of censorship, from political, legal, religious, moral, or (less often) commercial motives. This article lists notable banned books and works, giving a brief context for the reason that each book was prohibited. Banned books include fictional works such as novels, poems and plays and non-fiction works such as biographies and dictionaries. The Saudi Arabian government has reportedly passed a law that imposes the death penalty on people caught smuggling Bibles into the majority-Muslim country. Despite the opposition from the American Library Association (ALA), books continue to be banned by school and public libraries across the United States.

Alphabetical list[edit] See also[edit] References[edit] Further reading[edit] External links[edit] Frequently Challenged Books | Banned & Challenged Books. The ALA's Office for Intellectual Freedom (OIF) receives reports from libraries, schools, and the media on attempts to ban books in communities across the country. We compile lists of challenged books in order to inform the public about censorship efforts that affect libraries and schools. The top ten most frequently challenged books of 2014 include: 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. 2) Persepolis, by Marjane Satrapi Reasons: gambling, offensive language, political viewpoint. 3) And Tango Makes Three, Justin Richardson and Peter Parnell Reasons: Anti-family, homosexuality, political viewpoint, religious viewpoint, unsuited for age group. 4) The Bluest Eye, by Toni Morrison Reasons: Sexually explicit, unsuited for age group. 5) It’s Perfectly Normal, by Robie Harris Reasons: sexually explicit.

Newman Trustees Undecided About Book Ban. Parents say book inappropriate for teens. Author Bret Lott says his book "The Hunt Club" is a story about a 15-year-old figuring out who he is in the most specific and universal sense. Wando High School parent James Pasley says the book uses foul language, degrades women and people of color, and isn't appropriate to be on a recommended reading list for high school students. Pasley and his wife have challenged the book's inclusion as an option for required summer reading at Wando, in Mount Pleasant, and the county School Board is planning a hearing to decide whether the book should be allowed on any district bookshelf. Pasley said his family never wanted the book banned from school libraries. They disagreed with the district's approval of "The Hunt Club" as recommended reading material, and that's why they appealed to the board.

"Sometimes there are unintended consequences of policies and procedures," Pasley said. "If that is the result, then that is on the district, not us. "That was inappropriate and distasteful," he said. Find Age-Appropriate Books for Advanced Readers. You've spent years nurturing your child's love of reading, starting with those delicious early days on your lap.

These days, he's reading well above grade level, savoring the adventures of Harry Potter and The Hobbit. He's now able to read just about anything, and that's been a source of unqualified pride and delight for both of you. How do you say "no" to books for kids after all those years of insisting that reading was the most valuable skill he'd ever acquire?

How do you make “no” into a positive statement? How do you deflect the arguments of your very advanced reader — who also happens to be a very advanced debater? Try these strategies: Accentuate the positive. What if she still wants to read Wifey instead of more appropriate books for kids? STUDY: Facebook Teaches Kids Freedom Of Speech. Facebook teaches students something their teachers don’t really appreciate: freedom of speech, which the U.S. protects in the First Amendment to the Constitution. That’s the gist of a John S. and James L. Knight Foundation survey of 12,090 high schoolers and 900 teachers across the U.S., illustrating that appreciation of the nation’s First Amendment grows in proportion to students’ use of social media. In fact, more than three-quarters of students use social media several times a week to get news and information. Meanwhile, the percentage of students who believe “the First Amendment goes too far” in protecting the rights of citizens has dropped to a quarter (24 percent) in 2011 from nearly half (45 percent) in 2006.

Fully 91 percent of students who use social networking daily to get news and information agree that “people should be allowed to express unpopular opinions.” Readers do you agree with the study’s findings? The Freedom to Read! Additional Resources for Banned Book Week ALA: Banned Books Week Get lists of frequently banned books, free downloadable graphics, activity ideas to raise awareness, and answers to common questions about libraries, censorship, and the American Library Association's positions on the issues. What You Can Do to Oppose Censorship The American Library Association shares tips on how to make intellectual freedom a focus of your library. From classics like The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn to the Harry Potter series, the list of books frequently challenged and banned includes many esteemed titles.

Each year during Banned Books Week, librarians are called upon to confront the practice of censoring children’s literature. The annual event, started in 1982, offers the perfect opportunity to teach kids and their families about intellectual freedom and individual American's right to freely access information. Explore this book list of some of the most frequently challenged book titles.

Harry Potter Controversy About Banning the Books. What's the Controversy All About? The Harry Potter controversy has gone on, in one form or another, for years. On one side of the Harry Potter controversy are those who say that J.K. Rowling's Harry Potter books are wonderful fantasy novels with powerful messages for kids and the ability to make even reluctant readers eager readers; on the other side of the Harry Potter controversy are those that say that the Harry Potter books are evil books designed to promoted an interest in the occult since the hero, Harry Potter, is a wizard.

In a number of states, there have been attempts (see partial list of Harry Potter challenges from A university of Minnesota class), some successful, some unsuccessful, to have the Harry Potter books banned in classrooms, and banned or under severe restrictions, in school libraries. For example, in Gwinnett County, Georgia, a parent challenged the Harry Potter books on the grounds that they promoted witchcraft.

Challenges and Support for the Harry Potter Series.